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EKS Audi Sport
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EKS Audi Sport is a Swedish FIA World Rallycross Championship team with Audi Sport backing that has been in the series since it’s inception in 2014.
Formed by two-time DTM champion (and 2016 FIA WorldRX champion), Mattias Ekström, the team entered the Swede for three races as he shared the car with Edward Sandström who competed in three other races.
In Germany Ekström took his first rallycross victory as he took the Audi S1 to the top step of the podium, while in the second car, Pontus Tidemand finished eighth in the championship.
For 2015 Anton Marklund joined the team as the second driver in a year which also saw Sandström return for a one-off and BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan stepping in for another round while team-boss Ekström was away on DTM Duties.
2016 was a breakthrough year for the team as Ekström teamed up with Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen. Four outright victories and a further two podiums from the team leader saw him claim the championship title ahead of Johan Kristoffersson. Heikkinen rounded out the year in in seventh with three podium appearances. The team also took the teams’ title, beating Team Peugeot-Hansen by 35 points.
While Ekström started 2017 strong with three victories, a missed race in Sweden due to DTM commitments and a couple of bad races saw Kristoffersson get the upper hand in the championship with Ekström finishing as runner-up. Heikkinen returned for the full year along with Latvian Reinis Nitiss. Per-Gunnar Andersson stepped in for Sweden while Nico Muller participated in two rounds in a fourth car.
For 2018 the team have increased Audi Sport backing and a team leader who is 100% focused on the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the addition of Andreas Bakkerud for the new season will further support their goal.
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Can this really be it? Emotional event in South Africa. Saying farewell to many good friends and co-workers.
The challenge of Loheac or as everyone knows it, the “Temple of Rallycross” awaits Mattias Ekstrom as he looks to gain ground in the fight for second place in the Drivers Championship
Andreas Bakkerud is right in the mix for the fight for second place in the Drivers Championship. The Norwegian wants another podium to add to his tally in the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The 2018 World RX of Canada signalled the beginning of the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship and also a noticeable change in both the running order and the gaps between the various teams. The Checkered Flag takes a closer look at the weekend’s talking points.
Andreas Bakkerud has been the closest contender to runaway Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson so far in the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship. However that changed in Canada
Mattias Ekstrom was back in the hunt for the podium at the 2018 World RX of Canada and showed in the Supercar Final that EKS Audi Sport had improved their pace over the mid season break.
After finishing the first day of the 2018 World RX of Canada in ninth place, Johan Kristoffersson fought back on Sunday to take the win in the Supercar Final.
The 2018 World RX of Canada is the start of the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship and Andreas Bakkerud is well in the hunt for second place in the Drivers Championship
As the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship gets underway in Canada, 2016 World RX Champion Mattis Ekstrom is hoping for a change in fortune
Mattias Ekstrom was in the hunt for victory on home turf at the 2018 World RX of Sweden, however the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion lost out on points in the Supercar Final due to his second post race penalty of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship
Andreas Bakkerud continued his run of podium finishes in the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship after taking second place in the 2018 World RX of Sweden.
The Swede took his fifth win of the season today in Holjes – and his second consecutive home race victory.
Kristoffersson took two wins on his way to overnight leader.
Andreas Bakkerud was the first driver to complete the famous “Clean Sweep” at his home circuit in Norway, however this year he had to settle for something a little less as he fought on home turf.