GC KOMPETITION are excited to announce the news that Andreas Bakkerud and Liam Doran are joining the squad in 2020, racing for the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel in a pair of the latest GCK Mégane R.S. RX. Supported by Monster Energy, Bakkerud and Doran will be fully focused on bringing home both FIA World Rallycross Championship titles.
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!
After missing out on the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship title on countback (he finished even on points with Timmy Hansen), Bakkerud is more motivated and determined than ever to reach the very top in 2020 – and believes GCK and the Mégane R.S. RX provide the best chance to do so:
“First off, I’m proud to sign my eighth season in a row in a supercar – it’s pretty insane! I’m very pleased that I’ll be driving with GCK in 2020, continuing the Monster Energy RX Cartel story too. GCK has been a breath of fresh air in World RX since joining the sport, and I know the potential this car and this team have.”
“I tested the GCK Mégane R.S. RX after Cape Town RX in 2018 and have been in contact with GCK ever since, so it’s great to finally be able to work together. Plus, last time I drove a Renault I became European Champion, so why not bring the title home again this time?”
Andreas is under no illusions though – after the closest title battle in FIA World Rallycross Championship history last year, he knows 2020 will be no easier.
“I take my task very seriously – I know I’m here to win races and hopefully do well in the standings, but I respect the fact this championship keeps getting stronger and it won’t be easy. But it will be fun!”
As in 2019, Andreas teams up with Liam Doran this year in the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel. Liam is excited to be back at the top level of rallycross again and is looking for better luck and more celebrations in 2020.
“The RX Cartel is back! I’m stoked to be racing again this year. Last year had some real ups and downs for me and Andreas – I really wanted to get a win but it just didn’t happen. This year there are no excuses!”
Liam is returning to GCK for his second spell with the team after competing in four races at the end of 2018. The ‘British Bomb’ has acquired a reputation as one of the fastest and most aggressive drivers in rallycross, and after suffering bad luck in 2019, he’s confident a return to the Mégane R.S. RX will bring better fortunes this season.
“Teaming up with GCK will be great. I drove the Mégane R.S. RX in 2018 and we really got on, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. Last year I struggled to get to grips with the car (the Audi S1), so to get back in something I know will be great – and with all the developments made on the car since I last drove it, I have high expectations.”
“We ended last year on what seemed like a bit of a low with Andreas missing out on the title, but all in all 2019 was a massive success for us and I’m sure we can carry that momentum into 2020 with GCK.”
The Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel will make their debut at the first round of the season at the World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona (18-19 April).