Last weekend, Andreas and Jessica Bäckman was back in TCR Europe after the long summer break, at the famous Barcelona circuit in Spain. Both the siblings came back strong from the disappointment at the previous round in Oschersleben, Germany. For Andreas, it was a strong weekend with his second consecutive pole-position and finally he could celebrate his first victory in the series.
The penultimate round of TCR Europe was held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain last weekend. The siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman was looking forward to getting back and compete in the championship after the long break – and the disappointment from the previous round at the Oschersleben track in Germany. That time – Andreas got his first pole-position and first race win but got disqualified afterwards and could not keep his victory.
Now, one and a half months later, did he claim his second consecutive pole-position and finally he could claim his first win of the season in Race 1.
- It’s a fantastic feeling, I had hoped for a good weekend, but this was over my expectations. It proves that it’s in the front that I belong, as I have now showed two race weekends in a row, says Andreas Bäckman.
Also, he claimed his second pole-position of the season and for the second event in a row, which is something that no one else of the 34 drivers in the series has managed this season.
- Qualifying has for sure been one of my strong qualities this year and that shows that I have the speed. Also, it was extra fun to claim the pole-position also in the rain, which was the first time we drove on wet conditions this year, says Andreas.
Jessica had a tougher weekend in Barcelona. (Photo: TCR Europe)
Tough weekend for Jessica
Jessica Bäckman brought her good shape to Barcelona after her successful appearance in the German championship ADAC TCR Germany the previous weekend. And it looked like it could be a good weekend for her too, with fast lap times in the Free Practice sessions on Friday, but she didn’t really have the luck on her side this weekend.
- It was a tough weekend for me, considering I had the speed in dry conditions. Then for the qualifying, the rain appeared, which was the first time this year I drove in the rain and the first time driving the Hyundai car in wet conditions. Because of that, I did not find the lap times that I needed to advance to Q2. In the races, I had the speed, but some incidents caused me to retire from Race 2. Big congratulations to my brother Andreas for a well-deserved victory this weekend, says Jessica Bäckman.
Next up for the Bäckman’s is the last event of TCR Europe 2019, held October 11th-13th at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy.
FP1 (Free Practice 1): 18th
FP2 (Free Practice 2): 11th
Q1 (Qualifying 1): 16th
R1 (Race 1): 16th
R2 (Race 2): Retired
FP1 (Free Practice 1): 10th
FP2 (Free Practice 2): 6th
Q1 (Qualifying 1): 12th
Q2 (Qualifying 2): 1st
R1 (Race 1): 1st
R2 (Race 2): 10th
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Photos: TCR Europe
Racingsyskonen Andreas och Jessica Bäckman inledde sina respektive racingkarriärer som blott 9 och 7 år gamla. De har genom åren tävlat i stora förarmästerskap som STCC, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, och den brittiska motsvarigheten TCR UK, med fantastiska framgångar som resultat. Under 2019 tävlar syskonen i prestigefyllda TCR Europe tillsammans med det flerfaldigt prisbelönta, italienska teamet Target Competition. Syskonens tävlingsbilar är varsin Hyundai i30 N TCR.
The racing siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman started their racing careers as 9 and 7 years old. They have during the years been competing in big championships like STCC, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, and the British counterpart TCR UK, with fantastic success as results. During 2019 the sibilings are competing in the prestigious TCR Europe together with the multiple award winning Italian team Target Competition. The siblings racecars are Hyundai i30 N TCR.