READY TO RUMBLE PORTUGAL

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Press Release 04/12/2016  –  The 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship is casting its shadow. 12 rounds of thrilling Rallycross action awaits and EKS is ready for the season opener in Montalegre, Portugal this weekend. The team already entered the country for final tests at the historic track of Lousada and will be in perfect shape for the first outing of the season. “The start of the season feels a bit like Christmas in childhood,” says EKS team boss and driver Mattias Ekström. “You are so excited about all of the presents and completely focused on opening the first one.”

For this year’s season-opener, Mattias has one wish: “”We hope for some sunshine and dry conditions, but at the moment there is winter wonderland. Last year’s Montalegre RX was a festival of mud and rain. Especially on Saturday it was not only racing for us, but also a bit of a test day.”” Beside nice weather, EKS also aims for a good result. The team worked flat out to prepare the two completely new Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.

New signing, Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen, will celebrate his debut in EKS colours in Montalegre. ““I’m really looking forward to it. EKS is a great team and the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro is super fun to drive. We did some proper testing on different tracks and I still need some more practice during the next weeks, but I’m ready to rumble Portugal.”” Both Ekström and Heikkinen reached the semi-finals in 2015. This year EKS is looking for more. Seconds out!

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Keep in mind …

Same procedure as last year? Same procedure as every year! EKS Fridays are back. During the winter break our task force created some new ideas for our popular meet and greet. Join us at our place Friday, 15 April at 17.00. Don’t miss the opportunity to chat with Mattias and Topi, have a look at our two brand new Audi S1 EKS RX quattro and enjoy some of our surprises.

Where to watch live …

Sweden SVT Sport (Sunday, 15.00–17.00 CEST)
Germany Motorvision TV (Sunday, 15.00–17.00 CEST)
UK Quest TV (Sunday, 15.00–17.00 CEST)
Live stream (Sunday, 15.00–17.00 CEST)

Schedule (local time)

Friday, 15 April
16.00 Drivers’ draw for Q1 grid positions
16.20 World RX press conference
17.00 EKS Fridays

Saturday, 16 April
10.30 Open Practice
13.20 Autograph Session
14.00 Q1
15.45 Q2

Sunday, 17 April
09.00 Warm-up
10.30 Q3
11.30 Q4
15.00 Semi finals + Final
15.50 Podium presentation

2016 EKS World RX drivers

Name #5 Mattias Ekström
Date of birth 14/07/78
Nationality Swedish
Hometown Falun
Motorsport since 1993
World RX events 14 (2 wins, Sweden 2014 & 2015)

Name #57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen
Date of birth 27/03/91
Nationality Finnish
Hometown Joensuu
Motorsport since 1999
World RX events 25 (2 wins, Belgium 2014 & 2015)

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