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.
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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.
The Belgian squad will campaign the 2016 World RX champion at the extreme sports event
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.
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.
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
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.
2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekström had his best weekend yet in the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship as he took second place in Norway.
Petter Solberg is a man who likes to have a plan in place and for the 2018 World RX of Norway he did exactly that, making sure that he survived Qualifying to take a podium result on home turf.
The Swede completed a clean sweep of wins for the second time in World RX history
Perfect day for reigning champion in Norway as he tops the timesheets in both qualifying races.
Kristoffersson is looking to take another win at Hell in Norway