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EKS leading World RX
Written by EKS    Monday, 18 April 2016 17:06    PDF Print E-mail
EKS is leading the FIA World Rallycross Team Championship for the first time following a strong performance in the opening round at Montalegre, Portugal.
EKS drivers Mattias Ekström and new-signing Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen scored a combined total of 39 points, giving EKS a 11-point lead over the second placed Volkswagen team prior the next round at Hockenheim (May 6-8). 
In front of the sold-out crowd, Heikkinen finished third in a thrilling World RX final, scoring a podium finish right on his debut for the Swedish team. “I’m still adapting to the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro,” said Topi. “The car is not easy to drive but it’s definitely very, very fast. And you all know what a difference quattro can make! The guys have done a great job over the winter, and I feel right at home with the team. It’s just a shame that Mattias did not make it to the final, too – he really deserved it.”
EKS founder Mattias Ekström was the superstar for most of the weekend, dominating qualifying in very wet conditions on Saturday and also in dry conditions on Sunday. He enjoyed a commanding lead after the four qualifying races. Mattias started his semi final from pole position just to be hit from behind by Timmy Hansen’s Peugeot going into the first corner. As a consequence, he finished his semi-final down in fourth place, just missing out on the final.
“I know that things like this happen in rallycross,” said Ekström who remains upbeat after the opening World RX weekend of 2016. “Of course we are here to get the trophies. But after all the work and effort we’ve done over the last few months it’s more important that we have a really great car now. The starts are good – that’s important in RX. And after the setup changes we’ve done it’s a really big pleasure to drive this S1. And it’s also pretty fast. After this weekend I’m even more convinced that we can fight for the World Championship title. That also makes me really proud of the entire EKS squad.”
What you should also know from Portugal … 
The season kicked off at Montalegre with EKS Fridays at the team’s paddock hospitality. This time, World RX drivers were invited to play with the pressure of Cooper tyres which had to be reduced from 3 to 1.5 bars – without measuring it. Coming closest to 1.5 bar was Johan Kristoffersson.
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