Bakkerud wins in Canadá and joins the battle for the title.
Andreas Bakkerud took the victory after impressive driving at the Canadian World RX in Trois-Rivieres and joins the fight for the title of the FIA World Rallycross Championship with only three races remaining.
It has rained since the last victory of the Norwegian in the queen category. Exactly 981 days since his previous triumph Andreas has returned to the top of the podium. Champagne has had to wait but this victory places mr. Snakkerud in an unbeatable position to dispute the world championship to the Hansen brothers, their big rivals this season.
“Nine hundred eighty-one days since the last win. Sweat, tears, and hard work has been put down since that. There’s so many to thank – but no one mentioned, no one forgot. Usually, I’m a guy with a lot of words; today, I have none. Thank you all!” – Andreas said in his social media.
It was the first world victory of the Monster Energy RX Cartel driver since 2016 in Argentina. He had approached twice this year, second in Belgium and Britain. Bakkerud recognized the efforts of his RX Cartel team to finally secure a victory that he thought could never come. “We have worked hard as a team and I waited and prayed for this day to come despite the fact that with all the bad luck and the almost losses we have had this season, I thought maybe it would never happen,” he said.
The victory allowed Bakkerud to overtake Timmy Hansens 2nd spot, and about five points from championship leader Kevin Hansen, who was fifth on the finish line, but was later disqualified from the final after commissioners decided he was to blame in a clash. with Anton Marklund of GC Kompetition.
Kevin now leads overall with 143 points with Bakkerud second with 138 and Timmy third with 129.
As for his championship possibilities, Bakkerud added: “It is so close that the races are very unpredictable.” I think it will be a race to the checkered flag in Cape Town (the final round of the 2019 championship in November). “It won’t be easy to win the championship. You need some results and some luck. It’s going to be complicated, but you never know “.
Timmy Hansen has been the great victim of the Canadian round as far as the championship dispute is concerned. An incident in Q2 and a chaotic Q4 buried many of Kevin’s options in general. His Peugeot 208 suffered serious damage in contact with several supercars and could barely cross the finish line. The result was to be out of Canada’s semis and leave with only 4 points.
The second place in the podium went to Janis Baumanis of Team STARD, improving his third place in the fifth round in Hell, Norway. “It’s really nice to be here between these two boys,” he said. “The team has worked very hard. This is my fifth final of the season, so we are getting some rewards.”
The third was Timur Timerzyanov, of GRX Taneco, who had left Bakkerud without the loot at Spa-Francorchamps in May. The Russian had previously fought with his Hyundai i20 for a semifinal victory despite a broken suspension.
Three rounds are the ones that will decide the champion of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and three are the drivers who are in all the pools to play it: Kevin, Andreas or Timmy? For now Loheac will be the next final for these three great drivers!