Meet Andreas Bäckman

Andreas got his karting license in 2005 at Luleå’s karting school in Sweden. He started his racing career the year after in the North Swedish Championship, and soon drove in many races in Sweden before he started his international career in 2010. In the years that followed Andreas raced around the world, with competitions and successes in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, England, Portugal, Las Vegas and New Orleans. During 2014–2016 he drove for the factory-team Kosmic, in the Formula 1 of Karting.

– I had hoped for better results, but the experience I got was overall very positive with the tough competition in mind. I learned a lot for the future. 

In 2017 Andreas started with rallycross. With a new track surface, a new driving technique required and significantly shorter races. 

– I really enjoyed the step up to rallycross, both with the challenge with all-new conditions in mind, but also since the sport has grown so much within the racing world. As the trend is heading towards mastering more disciplines, rallycross gave me a lot of valuable experiences such as car control.

In 2018, Andreas took the step up to Racing and started to compete in Touring Cars. During the season he competed in STCC, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, and also in the British counterpart TCR UK. He also did an appearance in the European series TCR Europe, where he later on competed and achieved one win and two consecutive pole-positions in 2019.

– Finishing the 2019 season as fourth in the TCR Europe championship with one win and two straight pole-positons was over my expectations.

In 2020, Andreas aims to bring home the championship title in TCR Europe. He will continue with the same car brand and team as 2019 in the prestigious championship TCR Europe.

– Towards the end of the 2019 years season, everything started to fall into place and I finally began to reach great results. Thereby, I look forward to the 2020 season and continue in the same way to reach the absolute top of the championship.

What of your previous experiences did you bring to TCR Europe?
– Racing is more like karting and it’s great to be back on the track with more grip. International karting is probably the best school for racing, from where I mainly bring race techniques and experiences from shifter karts, where I learned standing starts and gear shifting. Rallycross taught me how to handle fewer laps where, like in TCR Europe, it’s important to be ready already from the start!

How was your racing-debut at Silverstone in the beginning of 2018? 
– There’s a lot of people who wants autographs and then there’s a big media coverage with interviews and other attention. Everything is so much bigger, and the sport has a very good reputation in the media. 

What kind of racing driver are you?  
– My main strength is that I’m consistent, which means I usually always reach top results. I’m constantly working on improving my lowest level to become as good as I possibly can. In addition, I spend a lot of time on physical training and following all motorsport – it’s my way of keeping up-to-date. 

What are your goals in the future?  
– My main goal for 2020 is to fight for the championship title in TCR Europe. In the long run, I want to challenge the competition and become the best racing driver in the world. To reach that point, I need to be able to do this for a living so that I can focus on continuing my development.

How is it to drive for the team Target Competition?
– To have the opportunity to continue racing for Europe's most qualified racing team another year feels very good. They have good experience in international racing which was shown in 2019 when we together brought home the team championship in TCR Europe.

Andreas Bäckman

Born: August 29th, 1995 
Lives in:
Boden, Sweden 
Occupation:
Racing driver for Target Competition, studying for a Master of Science in engineering at the Luleå University of Technology 
Merits:
Race-winner in TCR UK in 2018, Vice-World Karting Champion 2015, Swedish Karting Champion 2013, Race winner in TCR Europe in 2019
Role model: Marc Márquez
Currently: TCR Europe campaign 2020

4th place in the TCR Europe Championship
Winner in TCR Europe in Barcelona
2019
Two consecutive pole-positions in TCR Europe in Oschersleben and Barcelona
4th overall in the Swedish Junior Championship/JTCC
2nd place in Göteborgs Stora Pris, KZ2 (Karting)
Two wins and three podiums in the Swedish Ice-Racing Championship
Race win and pole position at Croft, TCR UK
2018
One win in JTCC at Anderstorp, STCC
Six podium finishes and three fastest laps in the TCR UK Championship
3rd place in the TCR UK Championship
Winner of the first round of the Italian Rallycross Championship (TRX) in Maggiora, Italy
4th position in the Rallycross World Championship round in Höljes, Sweden and had the fastest lap in the Final, RX2
2017
Winner of the RX2 Most Improved Driver of the Year-award
5th position in the Rallycross World Championship round in Hell, Norway in RX2
Two wins in the Swedish Ice-Racing Championship
2016
Rotax International Open Champion, Rotax DD2
4th place in the Swedish Championship, KZ2
Rotax International Open Champion, Rotax DD2
2015
North Swedish Champion, KZ2
Vice-World Karting Champion, Rotax DD2
Winner of the last event of the Belgian Karting Championship, Rotax DD2
Winner of the Rotax Euro Challenge Final, Rotax DD2
2014
3rd place overall, Rotax Euro Challenge, Rotax DD2
3rd place in the Swedish Championship, KZ2
3rd place in the third round of Rotax Euro Challenge, Rotax DD2
3rd place overall in the Belgian Karting Championship, Rotax DD2
2013
Swedish Champion, KF2
Winner in the second round of the Belgian Karting Championship, Rotax DD2
4th place overall in Rotax Max Challenge Sweden, Rotax Max
2012
14th place in the debut race in the Rotax DD2 Karting World Championship
Winner of Tom Trana Trophy, Rotax Max
2011
3rd place in one round of Estonian Championship, Rotax Max Junior
2010
District Champion, Rotax Max
4th place overall in the MKR series, Rotax Max Junior
2009
9th place in the Swedish Championship, KF3
Winner of the District Championship Final, Mini
2008
4th place in one round of Rotax Max Challenge Finland, Rotax Max Junior
3rd place in the first round of the North Swedish Championship, Micro
2007