2016 World Champion, 2017 and 2018 World Championship runner-up: Mattias Ekström underlined his pushing skills around a Killarney International Raceway. Despite starting a culmination for a best 6 from a behind quarrel in his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, he still fought his approach adult second place. During his stirring expostulate he overtook nine-time Rally World Champion Sébastien Loeb in a Peugeot on a opening lap. Shortly after, he also held and upheld two-time Rallycross World Champion in a Volkswagen.
“We indeed came to Cape Town to win a race,” pronounced Ekström. “We were quick via a whole weekend, though somehow didn’t get into a right rhythm. In a culmination things finally fell into place. Second is a illusory outcome and a good finish to a prolonged season, in that Johan (Kristoffersson) was always a tiny step ahead. Even so, I’m intensely unapproachable of a whole team: We extracted a limit from a resources. It was also a fanciful year with Andreas (Bakkerud). We had a lot of fun together and have something to applaud this evening.”
After a 4 gift races, Bakkerud was one place in front of Ekström and reduced a necessity to his group trainer from 4 to 3 points. In a semi-final, a Norwegian was forced to park his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro early following a collision. He but clinched third place in a drivers’ universe championship and in doing so finished a double lectern for EKS Audi Sport in a World Championship. “That was rookie mistake,” pronounced Bakkerud angry with himself. “I overwhelmed Kevin Hansen and shop-worn my car’s steering. It’s a good contrition that we had to give adult in a semi-final. Despite all this I’m intensely confident with my year. we finished third in a World Championship and operative together with EKS Audi Sport was illusory throughput a whole year. The mechanics, a chef, a media team, a truckie – any and everybody did a ideal job. And above all of march Mattias who we tenderly honour for a World Championship runner-up title.”
However, in a Swedish team, that had formerly cumulative second place in a teams’ classification, it was not usually tears of fun that flowed after a romantic finish to a season. “That was substantially a final competition for EKS Audi Sport as a factory-supported group in a World Rallycross Championship,” pronounced Mattias Ekström. “After 5 extraordinary years it’s a really romantic impulse for all of us. But we consider we resolved this illusory section with character today.”