Points scored and lessons learned for the Bäckmans in Germany

June 07, 2021

by Phil Kinch

During their first visit to the epic Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, the Bäckman siblings took away both points and lessons after they made a positive debut in the 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup - WTCR last weekend at the wheel of their new Target Competition run Hyundai Elantra's.

As both Andreas and Jessica Bäckman got to work on the first of eight WTCR events this year, it was clear that there was a steep learning curve ahead as they joined the best in global TCR competition in taking on the "Green Hell".

With twenty-two cars competing together, they managed to keep the cars clean in both Free Practice and Qualifying where Andreas lined up in seventeenth place for both races whilst Jessica took twentieth place on the grid for both races.

Race one saw the two Target Competition run Hyundai Elantra finish in twentieth and twenty-first places and now armed with some knowledge of the circuit in race trim and race conditions, looked to improve.

Whilst Andreas was taken out in a turn two incident he couldn't avoid, Jessica went on to claim her first points in the series and also the first female driver to claim points in WTCR as she came home in fourteenth place.

"After the technical problems in the qualifying, I am very pleased that I managed to get my first World Cup points in the season premiere," said Jessica

"I am also glad that I managed to improve my lap times so much, it shows that there is good capacity, it takes a while to learn the new car, tires, and this track as it is classified as the world's toughest track. So, considering the circumstances, the weekend went much better than I had expected."

"In the first race, I got a really bad start but I drove up a few places and the speed in the car felt good. For the second race, we made some adjustments to the car to make it even faster, but unfortunately, I got involved in a start crash already into the second corner on the first lap," explained Andreas.

"I did not have time to avoid the car in front of me and the car got damaged which meant that I had to stop the car and was out of the race. So, it was a shame, but we will have to come back stronger again to the next race."

The 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup - WTCR returns to action in three weeks time as it moves onto the former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Circuito do Estoril for the WTCR Race of Portugal.

Image Credit: DPPI Images / FIA WTCR


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