Rallycross: EKS Audi Sport heads to a towering heights of Portugal

Posted on 24. Apr, 2018 by in Audi Canada

The circuit, located 1,000 meters above sea spin and tighten to a Spanish border, has a singular impression – with quick corners on tarmac, a prolonged true and a parsimonious and twisty sand territory featuring high curbs. “To find a best set-up concede for this is a genuine plea each time,” says Audi bureau motorist Mattias Ekström. In 2016 he managed this successfully even yet he missed a final due to being concerned in somebody else’s start line accident. “Last year, we were not a fastest in Montalegre though as group still took a win in a end. we adore this lane and a Portuguese spectators, who are mega eager about motorsport and rallycross.”

The classical rallycross circuit attracts tens of thousands of fans each year to a remote towering region. They spin a eventuality into a genuine festival. Ekström’s new group partner Andreas Bakkerud is also a large fan of Montalegre. “It is one of my comprehensive favorite tracks. I’ve always felt totally during home on it,” says a Norwegian. “The lane has a illusory layout. When we unequivocally get going there’s zero better.”

At a deteriorate opener in Barcelona, Bakkerud claimed a lectern finish in his initial tour for EKS Audi Sport in a World Rally Championship. “I’m solemnly removing accustomed to a Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Hopefully I’ll be even faster in Montalegre,” he says. For Mattias Ekström there is anyway usually one goal: “We wish to quarrel for feat again.”

After a initial of twelve World Championship rounds, Bakkerud and Ekström distortion in third and fourth in a Drivers’ World Championship behind a dual Volkswagen drivers Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg. In a group classification, EKS Audi Sport binds second place between Volkswagen and Peugeot. The dual Audi drivers prepared themselves for a World Championship turn in Portugal final week with an radical training method: they gathering karts. “This heightens a senses and strengthens a muscles,” says Ekström.

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