Audi and EKS rallycross team: season’s median in a distant north

Posted on 06. Jun, 2017 by in Audi Canada

Round 6 not usually outlines a season’s median for EKS. Hell plays an critical partial in a team’s story as well. In Norway, on Jun 14, 2014, a rallycross journey began for Mattias Ekström and his squad. “That was a very, really stressful time,” Ekström says, looking back. “Before a initial competition weekend, a whole group put in one night change after a other.” A helicopter had to broach a engine for a second Audi S1 EKS RX quattro due to a extensive preparations. Still, a eager efforts were value it for Ekström: “At a start of competition one, we had crow bumps all over my body.”

The reigning World RX Champion had to wait until 2016 to explain his initial sporting success during Hell. Last year, Ekström finished on podium, in third place, on a severe drum coaster track. There is no other circuit on a World RX calendar with larger straight differences. Right after a start, on a approach toward spin one, a lane takes a margin downhill and afterwards on to a initial ascending section. This is where a drivers have to make a choice: a normal or a Joker lap? The center territory of a circuit takes them into a low valley. Those who destroy to optimally hoop a slight turns will remove movement and time on a “climb” to a finish line.

The northernmost circuit on a competition calendar is situated on a plateau nearby a chase and is a special place for EKS visitor Reinis Nitišs as well. “I distinguished my initial feat in a Supercar category on this lane in 2014,” says a Latvian, who was usually 18 when he clinched his initial delight and is still a youngest competition leader in World RX history. At Hell, Ekström, Nitišs and Toomas Heikkinen in their 3 Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars will be battling opposite 19 rivals in a Supercar class.

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