Follow the Bäckman sibling’s journey to the racing top

Andreas and Jessica Bäckman made their debut in TCR at Silverstone in the UK, during the Easter of 2018. They’re racing in the same team and championship. Their main goal is to become the best in Europe and then they’d like to challenge the world elite. Curios to be a part of their journey? Read more about the sibling’s road to the TCR Europe top!

“– We have great expectations at our team Target Competition and with our own performance. We will do everything we can to reach the top!”

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.

Andreas Bäckman

2018: Race-winner in TCR UK

Event: Croft

2018: 3rd in the TCR UK Championship

2015: Vice-World Karting Champion

Category: Rotax Max DD2

2014: 3rd place in the European Karting Championship

Category: Rotax Max DD2

2013: Swedish Karting Champion

Category: KF2

Jessica Bäckman

2018: 2nd in TCR UK

Event: Brands Hatch

2018: 4th TCR UK Championship

2016 & 2017: Swedish Karting Champion

Category: Senior 125

2014: 3rd place in the Winter Cup

Category: Rotax Max Senior

2012: Swedish Karting Champion

Category: Rotax Max Junior

The team

Andreas and Jessica Bäckman are driving one Hyundai i30 N TCR each, in one of the leading TCR teams, Target Competition, which has many merits behind them. The team has won both the drivers- and team championship in 2015, in the international series called TCR International. In 2017, Target Competition became Team Champions in TCR Europe and in 2018 it looked like they were going to defend the title once again. Unfortunately they stumbled on the finish line by only missing out the title with a few points, which the team clearly wants to retrieve in 2019. The team was founded in 2004 by Andreas and Markus Gummerer and is today one of the best qualified racing teams in Europe. In 2019, Target Competition will compete in a full TCR Europe season.

Read more at Target Competition’s website

Be a part of their journey

Andreas and Jessica Bäckman has an international breakthrough power, but also a local and national presence. With their down-to-earth way of being combined with an undoubtable will to succeed, they can offer you a unique collaboration in Sweden as well as in Europe.