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The Bäckman’s heads to Barcelona

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 19, 2019 10:00 CEST

Photo: TCR Europe

Jessica and Andreas Bäckman are back in TCR Europe this weekend after the long break in the championship since the previous race at Oschersleben. This time the series travels to Barcelona, Spain for the penultimate round of the European series. The siblings from Sweden are ready after last weekend’s race in the German championship TCR Germany, where Jessica claimed a second-place finish.

This weekend, September 20th-22nd, 35 of Europe’s top drivers will compete at the famous Formula 1 track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which is located close to Barcelona in Spain. The track has top-class facilities and are the host of the Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1, as well as other big racing championships.

Last weekend, Jessica Bäckman claimed her third podium finish of the year, when she finished second on her favourite track Hockenheimring in the German championship ADAC TCR Germany. Now this weekend, she is aiming to continue in the positive trend from last weekend.

- After my second-place last weekend, I’m looking forward to being back and race in TCR Europe again. Also, it will be exciting to race in Barcelona again, as it’s the only track on the calendar we have raced at before, says Jessica Bäckman.

Andreas Bäckman had a tougher time last weekend at Hockenheimring, but he will bring the positives from last weekend’s race, especially the strong second place in the qualifying.

- Last weekend’s race was tough for me, but I feel I have the performance and I’m looking forward to comeback and race again this weekend, says Andreas Bäckman.

The 4,655 km long circuit has a big variation of corners and straights.

- I like the track in Barcelona, we drove one race here last year and it’s a challenging track. Also, it normally creates spectacular races, and many overtakes, says Andreas.

The intense program for the Swedish siblings with the race last weekend in Germany and now this weekend in Spain, means they are in good shape and are well prepared.

- It feels good to come straight into a new race weekend with a good weekend in the baggage. I think that it will be mine and Andreas' advantage this weekend, compared to many of our competitors that haven’t raced in a long time, says Jessica.

Timetable for this weekend’s race:
all times is local time (Spanish time)

Friday September 20th:
13:15 Free Practice 1
18:05 Free Practice 2

Saturday September 21st:
11:40 Qualifying (Q1 and Q2)
17:45 Race 1 (LIVE at JA Bäckman's Facebook-page)

Sunday September 22nd:
12:30 Race 2 (LIVE at JA Bäckman's Facebook-page)

Both Race’s will be live streamed on JA Bäckman's Facebook-page, and on TCR TV on YouTube.

About the track:

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Located in: Montmeló, Catalonia, Spain
Length: 4,655 km
Corners: 16
Race duration: 23 minutes + 1 lap
Lap record (TCR): 1min 53.802s

Drivers’ Championship StandingsOverall (Top 3)
TCR Europe Series (After 6/7 race weekends)

1: Josh Files (GBR), 254 p.
2: Luca Engstler (GER), 176 p.
3: Julien Briché (FRA), 166 p.

8: Andreas Bäckman (SWE), 143 p.
17: Jessica Bäckman (SWE), 70 p.

View the complete standings here

Teams Championship StandingsOverall (Top 3)
TCR Europe Series (After 6/7 race weekends)

1: Target Competition (ITA), 583 p.
2: Team WRT (BEL), 324 p.
3: M1RA Motorsport (HUN), 272 p.

View the complete standings here

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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.

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