Two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekstrom and reigning Junior World Rally Championship winner Pontus Tidemand will contest in selected rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in the brand-new Audi S1 with the EKS team.
Talking at the World RX media day in Italy today Ekstrom explained: “This year our plans are to complete as much research and development of the car that we can for the future.
“Our goal is of course to build the best car. I grew up in the rallycross paddock because of my father and I’m very excited about driving a Supercar this year and to witness the sport growing as a World Championship.”
Tidemand added: “It feels really good to be with EKS, a team with a real ambition to win. There is a lot of experience in the team and it’s made up of members who love to compete – I can’t wait for the year ahead!”
Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director at IMG Motorsport, concluded: “We’ve got champions from F1, WRC, Formula Drift, X Games, BTCC and now we have DTM and Junior World Rally champions to add into the mix. It will be interesting to see how the Audi S1 Supercar fares on the grid too; now all the elements are in place for an unforgettable inaugural season.”
Further details from the team are expected to be announced mid-May with Ekstrom adding “Behind the wheel of the second car we will put a number of interesting wildcard entries,”