2013 British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will step in for EKSRX driver Mattias Ekstrom at the penultimate round of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Italy on 16 – 18 October.
Ekstrom, who was victorious earlier this season at Holjes in Sweden, will be on duty for Audi at Hockenheim for the DTM Finale during the same weekend as the Italian WorldRX event taking place at the Franciacorta circuit.
Jordan, whose racing background includes a stint in British Rallycross before his BTCC career, already has experience of the current crop of FIA World Rallycross Supercars having driving an Olsbergs run Ford Fiesta at Lydden Hill in 2014 before returning to the UK round of WorldRX this year in a Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 208.
Jordan is looking forward to driving the Audi S1 Quattro after a recent test:
“Getting the opportunity to drive in such a great team, with these amazing partners on board is something I’m really proud of and hopefully I can do them all justice,” explained Jordan. “The power of a Supercar blows my mind. I’ll try to fill Mattias’ seat, but he raised the bar very much this year. I’ve never been to the Italian round before but I’ll do my homework. The aim is to make it through to the final and then, everything can happen.”
Ekstrom is happy with the decision to have Jordan step in for the Italian round:
“Andrew has a lot of experience in rallycross and has showed some impressive performances in the past. He is also very experienced from circuit racing in the BTCC, and race drivers can give the team good ideas to move forward. I’m very excited to get Andrew’s feedback about our Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. I hope he can manage a clean weekend, has a lot of fun and gets a fair result at Franciacorta.”
Ekstrom will return to driving duties for the team at the WorldRX Finale in Argentina.