In the turbulent season opener at Barcelona (Spain), the Norwegian took third place. His teammate, Mattias Ekström, was classified in sixth position following a sporting penalty.
“EKS Audi Sport superbly supported me this weekend,” said Bakkerud following his 50th race in the World RX. “I very much enjoyed our cooperation even though I wasn’t able to fully exploit my potential yet at Barcelona. I’ve definitely got a lot more. I’m happy about position three but, obviously, there’s a bitter taste remaining because Mattias (Ekström) was subsequently stripped of his victory. This doesn’t change anything about the strong performance delivered by EKS Audi Sport which brought both cars into the final.”