July 12th–14th, TCR Europe and its 34 competitors enter the well-known Red Bull Ring, Austria. The racing siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman prepare through tough physical training and in-depth analysis.
– There are large differences in height on the track, which means that you have to adjust the brake points. I believe that the qualifying will be close, says Andreas Bäckman.
Österreichring, A1-Ring - and now Red Bull Ring. The racing track in Spielberg, Austria, has borne several names over the years but the challenging and fun driving conditions remains. The well-established designer Hermann Tilke has provided the 4,318 km with lots of hills, as well as quick and slow corners. Formula 1 was recently held on the track and next weekend it is time for Europe's racing elite in TCR Europe's fourth event. The racing siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman have dedicated the recent driving break for simulator driving, tough physical training and in-depth analysis to create the best conditions possible.
– Despite the break, my competition focus usually kicks in when I stand on the starting line. I have also studied several races from previous years to learn as much as possible before my first race on the track, Andreas Bäckman says.
Large differences in height are waiting
Since 2011, the racing track has been named after the sponsor and energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, and its driving and atmosphere offers a unique experience.
– There are large differences in height on the track (maximum uphill slope of 12%, maximum downhill slope of 9.3%), which means that the braking points must be adjusted. I believe that the qualifying will be close, says Andreas Bäckman.
Jessica also predicts that the drivers only will have small time differences.
– Entering the weekend, I feel good and my focus is to manage the corners, trying not to do any mistakes. It's all about getting a good flow and squeezing out every tenth and hundredth of seconds – which I look forward to, Jessica Bäckman says.
Time table for the weekend
Free practice 1, 1:00 p.m.
Free practice 2, 5:20 p.m.
Qualifying, 10:10 a.m.
Race 1, 2:55 p.m. (live streamed on JA Bäckman's Facebook page)
Race 2, 11:20 a.m. (live broadcast on JA Bäckman's Facebook page)
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.