MONSTER ENERGY GCK
What's that coming over the hill? Is it a monster? Nope, it's just Andreas Bakkerud, Liam Doran and the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel! Driving in a pair of the latest GCK Mégane R.S. RX and supported by Monster Energy, Bakkerud and Doran will be fully focused on bringing home both FIA World Rallycross Championship titles this season in their new home.
Andreas and Liam bring a huge amount of rallycross experience and success with them to GC KOMPETITION, and combined with all the developments made on the GCK Mégane R.S. RX, the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel are ready to cause some serious damage in 2020!
#13 ANDREAS BAKKERUD
DOB: 10 October 1991
Place of birth: Bergen, Norway
WRX races (points): 71 (1306 points)
Best result: 1st (seven times)
2011 & 2012 European Super1600 Champion
First ever World RX 'clean sweep' at Hell RX 2016
7 time FIA World RX event winner
2019 FIA World RX runner-up
IN WORLD RX
After securing back-to-back Super1600 European Championship titles for the Set Promotion team in 2011 and 2012, Andreas moved to Supercar machinery for the 2013 European RX Championship season, finishing 4th overall driving a Citroen DS3 and winning in Sweden and France. In 2014 he moved to Ford Olsbergs MSE for the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship, winning two events and playing a key role in securing the FIA Teams’ Championship title.
Retained by Olsbergs MSE in 2015, Bakkerud claimed another win before switching to Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team for 2016 where he won three events on his way to 3rd overall in the championship. Bakkerud would add four more podiums to his career tally in 2017 when he secured another top six championship finish.
2018 saw Bakkerud take on a new challenge by joining the Audi Sport-backed EKS RX team, taking five podiums in the season, earning him 3rd place in the championship. In 2019 Bakkerud stayed with the EKS-run Audi S1, but under the new banner of the Monster Energy RX Cartel alongside Liam Doran. After an incredibly tight season, Andreas finished joint top of the championship but ended as runner-up due to having fewer wins than Timmy Hansen.
For 2020 Andreas, alongside Liam, bring the Monster Energy RX Cartel to GCK - and this year there is only one aim: to become FIA World Rallycross Champion!
#33 LIAM DORAN
DOB: 22 March 1987
Place of birth: Exeter, Great Britain
WRX races (points): 38 (179 points)
Best result: 3rd, Abu Dhabi RX 2019
2011 X-Games Gold Medal
2012 European Rallycross Championship runner-up
First World RX podium at Abu Dhabi RX 2019
IN WORLD RX
Liam Doran progressed through the ranks of British rallycross before making his first international starts in 2009. Moving from his family team to race with Hansen Motorsport in the European Championship in 2010, Doran took his first win in Finland and added a second victory in Poland.
A fixture of the European Championship and World Championship until mid-2016, Doran has acquired a reputation as one of the fastest and most aggressive drivers in the sport. Doran also won the X-Games Gold medal in 2010, as well as other medals in 2013.
2018 saw Liam make a welcome return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship after two and a half years out of the sport. Signing with GC KOMPETITION, he made a big impression across the final races of the season. In 2019 Liam was back permanently, forming the Monster Energy RX Cartel team alongside Andreas Bakkerud and showing his trademark speed to get his first World RX podium in the first race of the season.
For 2020 Liam returns to GCK, bringing the Monster Energy RX Cartel team and Andreas Bakkerud with him. After a fantastic 2019 for the team, 2020 is set to be an even more exciting year.
GCK MEGANE R.S. RX
The GCK Mégane R.S. RX was fully thought out and developed by Prodrive in 2018, boasting a Renault Mégane R.S. five door bodyshell, Prodrive roll cage exceeding FIA standards and carbon composite rear wings designed in CFD. The GCK Mégane R.S. RX offers technical innovations never seen in the rallycross paddock. From 2019, French company FORS Performance took over the further development and operations of the cars, with an all new ORECA engine and new evo Bilstein dampers on the car in 2020.
Renault Mégane R.S. five door bodyshell
ORECA 2 litre, four cylinder, direct injection
Power ~600 bhp
Permanent four wheel drive
Front and rear suspension: bespoke Bilstein double wishbone