Ekstrom will finally get Audi's factory support in the World RX
The 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom, who competes with his own EKS RX team and his own Audi S1 Quattro car since the inaugural World RX season, will finally receive the factory support from Audi for the 2017 season.
Ekstrom will have a double programme again, competing with Audi both in the DTM and rallycross. In the previous seasons EKS already had access to Audi Sport suppliers and partners but now it will get a support from the motorsport department of Audi for further technical development of the S1 Quattro Supercar.
“We realize that it’s going to be increasingly difficult for EKS to hold its own against the factory teams, so we chose to intensify our World RX commitment,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
“When we took our first steps to build EKS, we dreamed about becoming World Champions and we did it – in three years. We also dreamed about getting support from Audi, to be able to stay on the top and compete for more championships but now we have got that too. We laid a lot of groundwork as a team in the first three years, gathered important experiences and set new standards with EKS. But it was also clear to us that we’d need support for the future in order to be able to continue on this level. The fact that EKS is now receiving factory backing by Audi makes me very happy – I’m convinced that rallycross has a great future,” Ekstrom added.
The news about Audi and Ekstrom follows last week’s announcement that two-time World RX champion Petter Solberg will switch to Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar and will have a factory support from Volkswagen Motorsport. His team would expand to another car for Johan Kristoffersson.
The opening round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship is scheduled for April 1-2 in Barcelona. The championship consists of 12 rounds.