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Ekström returns to World RX for Riga challenge

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Mattias Ekström will continue racing with KYB Team JC after confirmation he will compete in this weekend’s World RX of Latvia double-header.

The 2016 champion is second in the championship, seventeen points behind Johan Kristoffersson after four rounds. Ekstrom has finished second every time he has raced in Riga and will be looking to go one better on Saturday or Sunday.

He said: “The first four races turned out pretty fine with three podiums, so being second in the championship and to be leading the Teams’ Championship, I’m in a situation I didn’t expect. I felt a bit obliged to do my very best to go to Riga, I want to continue supporting the JC team as much as I can.

“It’s been a pretty cool week for me, with the launch of the Extreme E programme with CUPRA for 2021. That’s really exciting, and big thanks to ABT and CUPRA for allowing me to go to Riga for the next World RX races.

KYB Team JC boss Joel Christoffersson added: “I didn’t know if it would be possible for him to come to Latvia, but I’m thankful to CUPRA for letting us have him in the team for the event.

It’s great that we can continue with the same team setup that we have had so far this year, because we were very successful in the first two weekends of the season. I’m looking forward to continuing the fight for the Teams’ Championship but obviously we are second in the Drivers’ Championship too and we are not giving up that fight in trying to do our best to close the gap up to Johan.”

Ekström was a late substitute for Janis Baumanis prior to the season-opener in Holjes and Baumanis will also be racing this weekend in the Projekt E series.

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