Meet Jessica Bäckman 

Jessica Bäckman started at a karting school when she was seven years old, but had to wait for two more years before she was old enough to take her license. In 2006, she made her debut in the North Swedish Championship, and continued to compete in Stockholm as well as in the south of Sweden and internationally. In 2014–2015, she started to drive for the Italian factory team Kosmic, in a series similar to the Formula 1 of Karting. It brought tough and hard races that provided a very good training for the future. 

– It was overwhelming and new at first, but after a while I felt more at home at the international tracks than the Swedish ones. I spent more time travelling than being at home, Jessica says. 

In 2017 Jessica, just like her brother Andreas, started with rallycross, a sport which has gained a lot of respect in the world of racing and the media coverage. 

– It was a great challenge to drive on gravel, with a larger car, an all-new turn technique and significantly shorter races. 

In 2018, Jessica competed in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship STCC, as well as the British counterpart TCR UK. There, Jessica can lean safely against her experiences of both karting and rallycross. Although a touring car weighs more than the previous cars she has driven, the driving technique is more similar to karting. In other words, international karting is probably the best possible school for a TCR-racing career. 

– In my debut at Silverstone, beginning of 2018, everything was new and different compared to my earlier experiences and it was therefore a good experience. For example, I had never tried a standing start before. 

In 2019, there will be many new changes in Jessica’s career, which will mean a new car, new brand, new team and new championship. Jessica will compete in the TCR Europe championship driving an Hyundai i30 N TCR car for the successful team Target Competition. 

– I look forward to the 2019 season, so incredibly happy to get this opportunity after only one year in racing. I have already had a little taste of the TCR Europe series, since I finished the 2018 season by competing in the final round of TCR Europe in Barcelona, and I clearly felt that it was a championship to aim for. I’m also looking forward to work with a new team, Target Competition and drive the Hyundai TCR car. It will be an interesting year! 

 

What is the most fun part about TCR Europe?  
– Ever since I first started with gokart in 2006, I have always preferred to compete internationally instead of in Sweden. Racing in Europe is something extra, everything is much bigger, more cars, more people and other environments. It’s prestigious but also fascinating with all the media and people that shows interest. The European competition has a good reputation in media. 

Describe your racing skills.  
– My strength is that I truly enjoy to race, which means that if I see a gap, then I’m going for it. I’m also good at staying calm even when it doesn’t turn out as I had imagined sometimes. 

What are your expectations for team Target Competition in 2019?
– It will be super exciting, they have impressing merits behind them. For example, they have won both the driver- and team championship in TCR International and TCR Germany and also won the team championship in TCR Europe. In other words, they know how to work as a team and it will be interesting to work with them and develop as a driver and team in general.

What is your goal in the future? 
– This year, I want to get into top 10 overall in the TCR Europe driver championship. This by qualify to many Q2 during the year and to be there to compete against the best start positions for the races, which I noticed is the key to success during 2018. If I reach a podium position during the year then it will be like extra credit. The goal for 2020, is to compete for top 3 in the TCR Europe championship so that I can reach the world elite in TCR 2021, by doing the World Touring Car Championship WTCR.  

Jessica Bäckman

Born: August 25th, 1997 
Lives in: Boden, Sweden 
Occupation: Racing driver for the Target Competition team, studying to become a MBA (Master of Science in Business and Economics) at the Luleå University of Technology
Merits: 3 times Swedish Champion, 4th TCR UK driver championship and 2nd TCR UK race at Brands Hatch.
Language: Swedish and English 
Interests: Motorsport, gym and running 
Role model: Michael Schumacher 

4th TCR UK Driver Championship
2nd place in TCR UK event 3, Brands Hatch – therefor first woman in the UK and second woman in the world to score a podium position in a TCR championship.
2018
Racing – STCC, TCR UK & TCR Europe 2018
Best woman in Karting World Championship, RX2
1st place in Swedish Championship, Senior 125
2017
5th place in RallyX Nordic event 6, RX2
Rallycross (RX2) & Senior 125
3rd place in Belgian Karting Championship
4th place in European Championship event 3
Pole position in European Championship
Rotax Max Senior, Senior 125, OK & Rallycross
2016
5th place in RallyX Nordic event 6, RX2
Pole position in Belgian Karting Championship
1st place in Swedish Championship, Senior 125
2nd place in Belgian Karting Championship event 6
3rd place in German Karting Championship event 4, KF2
2015
1st place in Belgian Karting Championship event 5
Rotax Max Senior & KF2
1st place in Belgian Karting Championship event 2
3rd place in European Championship/Winter Cup
Rotax Max Senior & KF2
2014
8th place in German Karting Championship, KF2
2nd place in Swedish Championship, KF2
1st place in Belgian Karting Championship event 1
Rotax Max Senior 2013
2013
6th place in Shenington event 6
Best woman in Karting World Championship
5th place in European Championship event 3
Rotax Max Junior
2012
7th place Super 1 event 5
1st place in Swedish Championship
4th place in Swedish Championship, Rotax Max Junior
Rotax Max Junior & KF3 2010-2011
2011
4th place Tom Trana Trophy, KF3
3rd place in North Swedish Cup
Formula mini & J-60
2009
3rd place in Swedish Cup
1st place in District Championship
Formula Micro 2007-2008
2008
2nd place in North Swedish Cup
Cadetti 2006
2006
Won my first ever race in karting