Christian Bakkerud Christian Bakkerud

Danish open-wheeler and sports car driver Christian Bakkerud has sadly lost his fight for life after being seriously injured in a car crash in London last weekend.

The 26-year-old London resident had not competed on the professional racing circuit since 2010, where his last major start was with the Kolles Audi team at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Dane started out in professional motor racing in single-seaters, competing in Formula BMW and British Formula 3 – winning at Mugello in 2006 – before moving on to contest two seasons in the GP2 Series between 2007-8.Bakkerud's spectacular Monaco shunt

Bakkerud suffered from a recurrent back injury during his time in GP2, most notably coming from a spectacular crash on the opening lap of the GP2 race at Monaco.

In 2009, Bakkerud team up with Kolles’ Audi DTM squad, while also dovetailing that with a stint in sports car racing.

The Richard’s F1 team extends its deepest sympathies to Bakkerud’s family and friends.

[Images via LAT and XPB]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.