The road to TCR Europe
Young karting drivers meets the world elite
Andreas and Jessica Bäckman grew up in the largest military city of Sweden, Boden, and they come from a family with great interest in motorsport. Their uncle used to drive rallycross and is currently driving rally, while their dad always has been fixing cars. Although, their mom is the reason for them starting their racing career, as she registered them to a karting school, which she had read about in the newspaper. In 2006 both Andreas and Jessica started to compete first locally, then nationally and eventually internationally. After ten years of driving on karting tracks in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Portugal, Las Vegas and New Orleans, they decided to take the next step in their racing careers in 2017.
Taking the step to rallycross for new experiences
Andreas and Jessica began to drive rallycross, which also included gravel in addition to asphalt. It also brought bigger cars which required a different driving technique. This meant new challenges for the siblings but also gave them a lot of new experiences of car control and shorter races, where you are forced to be alert already from the start.
From rallycross and karting towards Europe´s racing elite
In 2018, Andreas and Jessica took the step up to Racing and started to compete in Touring Cars. During the season they competed in STCC, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, and also in the British counterpart TCR UK. Additionally, they also did an appearance in the European series TCR Europe. There, they could lean safely against their experiences of both karting and rallycross. Although a touring car is bigger and heavier than the previous cars they had driven, the driving technique was more similar to karting.
In 2019, there will be many new changes in the sibling’s careers, when they make a full-time switch to the TCR Europe Championship with their new team Target Competition and their new Hyundai i30 N TCR-cars.