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THE MONSTER ENERGY RX CARTEL IS BACK IN TIE-UP WITH GCK

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Andreas Bakkerud and Liam Doram join forces again in 2020 as the Monster Energy RX Cartel run by GC Kompetition in a pair of Renault Meganes.

After missing out on the 2019 World RX drivers' title, Bakkerud is more determined than ever to reach the top in 2020 – and believes GCK and the Megane RS RX gives him a good chance to do so. He and Doran will run under the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel banner. 

“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," Bakkerud said. 

“I tested the GCK Megane RS RX after Cape Town RX 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?”

The Norwegian is under no illusions – 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."

Doran, who links up with Bakkerud for a second consecutive season, is looking for a change of fortune 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," the Briton said. 

Doran 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. He is confident a return to the Megane will bring benefits this season.

“Teaming up with GCK will be great. I drove the Mégane RS 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.”

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