- BORN: 10 October 1991
- NATIONALITY: Norway
- HOME TOWN: Bergen
- INTERESTS: Go-karting, training, skiing, kickboxing
Norwegian racer Andreas Bakkerud competed in karting from the age of eight until 15 when he switched disciplines to rallycross. He clinched second in the Norwegian Championship in 2009 before stepping up to the Super1600 European Championship in 2010 and going on to secure back-to-back titles for the Set Promotion team in both 2011 and 2012.
From here, Bakkerud graduated to Supercar machinery in the 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship with Monster Energy and LD Motorsport, finishing fourth overall driving a Citroen DS3 and winning in Sweden and France. In 2014 he moved to Ford Olsbergs MSE for the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship, winning two events and playing a pivotal role in spurring the team towards the FIA Teams’ Championship title.
Retained by Olsbergs MSE in 2015, Bakkerud claimed another win at World RX of Italy before switching to Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team for 2016. Completing a hat-trick of victories in Norway, Sweden and Argentina on his way to third overall in the Ford Focus RS RX Supercar, Bakkerud would add four more podiums to an impressive career tally in 2017 to secure another top six finish overall.
To date, Bakkerud remains the only driver in World RX history to have amassed maximum points through each stage of an event weekend after he winning all four qualifying sessions, the semi-final and the final at World RX of Norway in 2016.
For 2018, Bakkerud takes on a new challenge by joining Mattias Ekstrom’s Audi Sport-backed EKS RX team at the wheel of an Audi S1 quattro.