Bakkerud leads Dreyer & Reinbold at the forefront of Sweden Nitro Rallycross

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with JC Raceteknik remain unbeaten in the 2022-23 Nitro Rallycross season with Andreas Bakkerud leading a 1-2-3-4-5 for the team in Sweden.

The reigning European Rallycross Champion got the best start in the final with eight cars and six laps, finishing off qualifier and polesitter Oliver Eriksson and leading for the duration of the race.

It wasn’t an easy run to the checkered flag, however, with teammate Robin Larsson chasing him for the first three laps until he opted for the longer wildcard lap on the fourth tour. Bakkerud went a lap later but comfortably held the lead and crossed the finish line 1.963s ahead of Larsson.

Four-time World Rallycross and reigning Extreme-E Champion Johan Kristoffersson withstood a challenge from Fraser McConnell to finish third in a one-off appearance in the series.

Kristoffersson at the same time joked about Larsson and a lap after McConnell rubbing doors with him at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap. Resolute defense against Kristoffersson meant he stayed third, but McConnell continued to chase him to the finish line.

World Rally Champion Ole Christian Veiby finished the DRR JC sweep in fifth place, with American racing driver Conner Martell sixth. He was the last finisher, with Kris Meeke and Eriksson both not finishing due to punctures.

For Meeke, a disastrous weekend worsened with software issues preventing his car from running for all of Saturday’s qualifying. Eriksson, meanwhile, won the qualifying battle bracket and his opening heat on Sunday, but was unable to finish the main event job thanks to his retirement.

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