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 2022, Andreas had a very good year in STCC, he fought for the championship title for a long time but had a lot of bad luck and finished in 3rd place in the championship with 3 wins and 9 podiums.

– 2022 was a good year, it was fun to be back and compete at home after many years of international competition.

In 2023, Andreas will change direction from TCR to GT racing. Andreas will compete in ADAC GT4 Germany together with PROsport Racing. Which means new car model, driving style, race format. Andreas will drive an Aston Martin GT4 car and share a car with his sister Jessica Bäckman, where it will be twice as long races and with a mandatory driver change after half the race.

– It will be fun to try something new, will be a challenge, but at the same time exciting. Fun sharing a car with my sister, we learn a lot from each other so together we have a strong lineup that I think will go a long way.

What of your previous experiences did you bring to GT4?
– 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 GT4, 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 2023 is to watch and learn, and to fight for the top positions at the end of the year. 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 team racing one?
– To have the opportunity to race for racing one in GT4 European Series feels very good, as they have a lot of expereince of international GT-racing.

Andreas Bäckman

Born: August 29th, 1995 
Lives in:
Luleå, Sweden 
Racing driver for racing one, working as an consultant in programming.
Merits: 3rd in STCC Championship 2022, Pole-Position, Lap-Record & Wins in STCC 2021 & 2022, Race winner in TCR Europe in 2019 & 2020, Race-winner in TCR UK in 2018, Vice-World Karting Champion 2015, Swedish Karting Champion 2013
Role model: Marc Márquez
Currently: GT4 Europe campaign 2023

3rd in STCC Championship 2022
2nd STCC Knutstorp
3rd in the TCR- & TCE class in Hankook 12h Hockenheimring
2 podiums STCC Gelleråsen
Pole-Position, Laprecord & Podium STCC Skellefteå
Pole-Position & Laprecord STCC Mantorp
1st TCR Europe, Barcelona
4th place in the TCR Europe Championship
Winner in TCR Europe in Barcelona
Two consecutive pole-positions in TCR Europe in Oschersleben and Barcelona
4th overall in the Swedish Junior Championship/JTCC
One win in JTCC at Anderstorp, STCC
Six podium finishes and three fastest laps in the TCR UK Championship
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
3rd place in the TCR UK Championship
5th position in the Rallycross World Championship round in Hell, Norway in RX2
Winner of the RX2 Most Improved Driver of the Year-award
4th position in the Rallycross World Championship round in Höljes, Sweden and had the fastest lap in the Final, RX2
Winner of the first round of the Italian Rallycross Championship (TRX) in Maggiora, Italy
Two wins in the Swedish Ice-Racing Championship
Rotax International Open Champion, Rotax DD2
4th place in the Swedish Championship, KZ2
North Swedish Champion, KZ2
Vice-World Karting Champion, Rotax DD2
Rotax International Open Champion, Rotax DD2
3rd place overall, Rotax Euro Challenge, Rotax DD2
Winner of the Rotax Euro Challenge Final, Rotax DD2
3rd place in the Swedish Championship, KZ2
Winner of the last event of the Belgian Karting Championship, Rotax DD2
3rd place in the third round of Rotax Euro Challenge, Rotax DD2
3rd place overall in the Belgian Karting Championship, Rotax DD2
Winner in the second round of the Belgian Karting Championship, Rotax DD2
Swedish Champion, KF2
14th place in the debut race in the Rotax DD2 Karting World Championship
4th place overall in Rotax Max Challenge Sweden, Rotax Max
Winner of Tom Trana Trophy, Rotax Max
3rd place in one round of Estonian Championship, Rotax Max Junior
District Champion, Rotax Max
9th place in the Swedish Championship, KF3
4th place overall in the MKR series, Rotax Max Junior
Winner of the District Championship Final, Mini
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