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Mattias Ekström was born on 14 July 1978 in Falun, Sweden and started his racing career in Karting in 1993.
The Swede worked his way up through national touring car championships, starting with the Renault 5 Turbo Cup before progressing to the Swedish Touring Car Championship in 1997 in a Volvo 850.
In 1999 Ekström secured the STCC title driving an Audi A4 quattro before switching to a factory Volvo drive in 2000 where he finished third.
In 2001 ‘Eki’ joined the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, driving an Audi TT. in 2004 he would secure his first DTM title in an Audi A4 DTM, a feat he would emulate in 2007.
Outside of DTM there have been two appearances in NASCAR, a one-off race in V8 Supercars and eight appearances in the FIA World Rally Championship.
In 2013 Ekström made his rallycross debut, competing in the Global RallyCross Championship for two races and then in the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Sweden, where he secured an impressive second place.
For 2014 EKS RX was born as Ekström brought his Audi S1 to the FIA World Rallycross Championship for three races. 2015 saw the team compete a full season, with the Swede only missing two races due to DTM commitments.
DTM championship titles & Rallycross
2016 was the year he was crowned champion, four victories and a further two podiums helped to take him to the championship title.
For 2018 Ekström has announced he will be leaving DTM and concentrating on his Rallycross career and team as they bring in new cars and addtional factory backing from Audi Sport.
Mattias Ekstrom is set to compete for Cupra in the new ETCR electric touring car series.
EKS are going rallying in 2020.
FIA World Rallycross
Kristoffersson leaves the FIA World Rallycross Championship in a cloud of dust as he dominates the finals in Germany, wrapping up the Teams’ title for the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden squad.
With the main title wrapped up, focus moves to who can claim the runner-up spot in the FIA World Rallycross Championship as it heads to Germany.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Mattias Ekstrom has become the Spanish marque’s official driver & ambassador of electric race vehicles.
The Belgian squad will campaign the 2016 World RX champion at the extreme sports event
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.
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