EKS Media Release 08/23/2015
It was an emotional return to Hell for EKS. 435 days ago, the action in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the team began at the track near Trondheim. The reunion at round eight of this years campaign didnt go as expected. During the entire weekend the lap times of Mattias Ekström and Anton Marklund were quite promising, but in the end, the journey was over for both Audi S1 EKS RX quattro in the semi finals. Ekström finished his action-packed last run in P4, Marklund struggled to progress to the final of the best six drivers with P5 in his semi.
“This time Hell was really hellish for us. Especially on Saturday we hadn’t any luck in the races, not only because of the dust”, says Ekström. ”For the semi final the track was watered massively. Turn one was very slippery, I lost one position and a lot of mud was on my windscreen. Then I had a crash with Petter Solberg, a puncture on the front left and was hit by Timur Timerzyanov when he rolled. More action than I needed and not the finish I aimed for. But there are also positives: We are happy with our pace and improved the starts.”
Anton Marklund was closer than ever to reaching his first final in EKS colours. With P5 in the Intermediate Classification he secured a place in the second row of his semi final. ”I had a really good start, climbed up to P2, but at the end of lap one I went sideways and Robin Larsson passed me by knocking on my passenger door. In the joker lap I made a small mistake, which costs me the final. Below the line it was a good weekend for me, and I want to say thank you to the mechanics. They did a perfect job.”
There is no time to rest in World RX. In just two weeks round nine takes place in front of the massive crowd in Lohèac. More than 60,000 fans will join the track in the northwest of France.
Header Photo Credit: Worldwide Copyright – Colin McMaster/EKS/McKlein