Mattias Ekström is FIA World Rallycross Champion

Posted on 16. Oct, 2016 by in Audi Canada

“This might be a best day in my motorsport career,” says Ekström. “I’ve had so many honeyed moments with Audi Sport in a DTM, though this here is really, unequivocally special. We started from blemish 3 years ago. In Oct 2013, there was nothing. Only few people can suppose what my group and we have built given then. Obviously, we owe a large debt of thankfulness to my employer, Audi Sport. My bosses gave me accede to contest during a Estering in sequence to maximize my chances of winning a title. That couldn’t be taken for granted, and I’m very, really grateful for this. we wish that by clinching a large trophy, we was means to put a grin on their faces.”

On clinching a title, Ekström valid once some-more that he is one of a world’s many finish competition drivers. Since 2001, he has contested 177 DTM races for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, celebrating 22 victories and dual titles (2004, 2007). This creates Ekström a many successful Audi DTM motorist in history. His career has also seen a 38-year-old delight in a Race of Champions on 4 occasions – once in a teams’ sequence with Tom Kristensen (2005) and 3 times in a singular sequence (2006, 2007, 2009), that enclosed violence a seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and others. In addition, his lane record includes successes in a Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), in a World Rally Championship as good as in a NASCAR and a Australian V8 Supercars series.

The World Championship pretension win is a really special arise for Audi Sport as well, as besides Formula 1, a WRC, WEC and WTCC, a pretension in a World Rallycross Championship is usually one of 5 FIA World Championship titles. Most recently, in 2012 and 2013, a Audi teams in a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) were means to applaud victories in a drivers’ classification. The final pretension of an particular Audi motorist dates behind 32 years. In 1984, Ekström’s compatriot Stig Blomqvist won a World Rally Championship. “Stig clinched a pretension with quattro drive. In a WEC, a Audi R18 e-tron quattro was successful and now I’ve been means to minister a section to this success story with my Audi S1 EKS RX quattro,” says Ekström.

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