Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Bakkerud, Doran return in all-new Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel.

Andreas Bakkerud and Liam Doran return in 2020 with all-new Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel.

After missing out on the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship title on countback (equal points with Timmy Hansen), Bakkerud is even more motivated and determined than ever to reach the very top in 2020.

The Norweigan believes that GCK and the updated Mégane R.S. RX can provide him with the best chance of bringing home both FIA World Rallycross Championship titles in 2020.

"First off, I’m proud to sign my eighth season in a row in a supercar – it’s pretty insane! I’m very pleased that I’ll be driving with GCK in 2020, continuing the Monster Energy RX Cartel story too," he said. "GCK has been a breath of fresh air in World RX since joining the sport, and I know the potential this car and this team have."

"I tested the GCK Mégane R.S. RX after Cape Town RX 2018 and have been in contact with GCK ever since, so it’s great to finally be able to work together. Plus, last time I drove a Renault I became European Champion, so why not bring the title home again this time?"

Bakkerud is under no illusions that the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship will be easy, after coming within a whisker of claiming the title in 2019.

"I take my task very seriously – I know I’m here to win races and hopefully do well in the standings, but I respect the fact this championship keeps getting stronger and it won’t be easy," the Norwegian said. "But it will be fun!"

As in 2019, Liam Doran lines up alongside Andreas this year in the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel. The Briton is excited to be back and is looking for better luck and more celebrations in 2020.

"The RX Cartel is back!" Doran said. "I’m stoked to be racing again this year. Last year had some real ups and downs for me and Andreas – I really wanted to get a win but it just didn’t happen. This year there are no excuses!”

Doran is returning to GCK for his second spell after competing in four races at the end of 2018. The ‘British Bomb’ is confident a return to the Mégane R.S. RX will bring better fortunes this season.

"Teaming up with GCK will be great. I drove the Mégane R.S. RX in 2018 and we really got on, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back behind the wheel," he said. "Last year I struggled to get to grips with the car (the Audi S1), so to get back in something I know will be great – and with all the developments made on the car since I last drove it, I have high expectations."

"We ended last year on what seemed like a bit of a low with Andreas missing out on the title, but all in all 2019 was a massive success for us and I’m sure we can carry that momentum into 2020 with GCK."

Confirmed 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship entries thus far: 

Guerlain Chicherit – GCK Unkorrupted – Renault Clio R.S RX
Rokas Baciuska – GCK Unkorrupted – Renault Clio R.S RX 

Timo Scheider – Munnich Motorsport – Seat Ibiza
Rene Munnich – Munnich Motorsport – Seat Ibiza

Niclas Gronholm – GRX Taneco – Hyundai i20
Timur Timerzyanov – GRX Taneco – Hyundai i20

Anton Marklund - GCK Bilstein - Renault Megane R.S RX

Robin Larsson - JC Raceteknik - Audi S1 

Timmy Hansen - Team Hansen - Peugeot 208 WRX 
Kevin Hansen - Team Hansen - Peugeot 208 WRX

Johan Kristoffersson - Volkswagen Dealer Team BAUHAUS - Volkswagen Polo GTi RX

Andreas Bakkerud - Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel - Renault Megane R.S. RX
Liam Doran - Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel - Renault Megane R.S. RX

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