Tuesday, September 23, 2014

World RX: Ekström 2nd in an historic final

EKSRX Press Release

With a blink of an eye Mattias Ekström finished second just behind Norwegian Petter Solberg in FIA World Rallycross Championship round nine at Estering. The final was epic and is most likely one of the closest finishes in motorsports history with approximately five centimetres separating the two cars on the finish line.

“It’s never nice to loose, but with a gap of 0.005 seconds, I can go to bed and have a nice sleep”, says Mattias. “The whole weekend was a success for us, just the trophy at the end has not the right size. But below the line we are happy. It’s always our aim to have both cars in the final and we did it for the first time here at the home run of our Audi S1 EKS RX.”

With having Pontus Tidemand in fourth position, EKS celebrated its best result so far in World RX. Also the 23-year old Swede was never ranked higher at the end of a World RX event in his entire career. “During the final I battled for the third spot on the podium and it has never been closer in my entire career”, says Pontus after his third consecutive World RX final. “I’m coming closer to the podium. 6th in Belgium, 5th in France, now 4th, you can imagine what my aim for Italy is: doing it onto the World RX podium.

During the weekend there was a lot of traffic around our paddock with friends and fans and it was absolutely amazing to see their eyes shiny at the end of this fantastic race action with an epic showdown. Now our food truck, which was fully loaded on Friday, is completely empty and we won’t loose any time to pack our bags and head over to Italy. In round ten of FIA World Rallycross Championship, Pontus Tidemand and Edward Sandström will enter the brand new track of Franciacorta and push as hard as they can to be at least 0.001 seconds in front of the entire grid in Sunday’s final.

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