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TEAM REVIEW: HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION

Team: Hoonigan Racing Division

Car: Ford Focus RS RX

Drivers: Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) #13, Ken Block (USA) #43

Teams’ Championship Points: 306 

Teams’ Championship Position: 4th

America’s Ken Block and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud continued as the Hoonigan Racing Division’s drivers in the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, driving the Ford Focus RS RX. The HRD squad finished fourth in the Teams’ Championship.

Here’s how Block and Bakkerud fared head-to-head:

Qualifying Race Wins

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Both Bakkerud and Block won at least one qualifying race at all but three rounds in 2017. Neither took a race win in the UK or Canada, but Bakkerud won all four of his qualifying races at round two in Portugal.

Quickest Qualifying Times:

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Bakkerud set a fastest qualifying time in both of the opening two rounds, in Barcelona and Portugal, and also at his home race in Norway, where he was fastest in Q2 and finished second in the final. Block didn’t set a fastest time, but was overnight TQ (top qualifier) at the final round in South Africa.

Semi-final starts:

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The Hoonigan pair both qualified for the semi-finals 10 times. Bakkerud missed out on the top 12 in Hockenheim and Canada, as Block didn’t make the semis in Latvia or Germany. Until the Riga round, Block had been one of only four drivers to make the semi-finals in every event he had started in 2017.

Final starts:

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Bakkerud started in seven finals in 2017. He finished on the podium at round one in Barcelona, and also finished third in the UK. He was second in Norway and Sweden, races he had won in 2016. Block hadn’t made the final until the last round in Cape Town, but having made it through in South Africa he was disqualified for an underweight car in his semi-final and missed out.

Championship points:

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Block’s consistent run of semi-final starts until round 10 in Latvia meant he also scored strong points, but Bakkerud’s regular final starts consistently edged him ahead of his Hoonigan colleague in the Drivers’ Championship.

Championship position:

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Bakkerud dropped three places on his 2016 result to sixth, after being third the previous year, but Block improved from being 14th in 2016 to ninth last season. Had it not been for a five point penalty, he would have passed Sweden’s Kevin Hansen for eighth overall.

 

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