A lot of what he has learned at Audi Sport and ABT is reflected in his own rallycross team, EKS. As a businessman, he built the squad from scratch and went on to lead it to a double title win in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) within the space of three years. “This has been my greatest achievement in motorsport to date. I’m thankful to all the people that made it possible for me to make my dream come true.”
Starting this season, EKS will receive factory support from Audi. “We worked towards this for three years,” says Ekström who will continue to handle a dual driving commitment in the DTM and the World RX. At the beginning of July, there will be a conflict between the two important events at the Norisring and at Höljes. “We’ll come up with a solution for that as well,” says Ekström, unruffled. “My dual program only works to begin with because I’m getting tremendous support from everyone involved: from Audi, from ABT, from my own team and from my own family.”
Ekström lives in Austria, near the German border, with his partner, Heidi, and their two children. For his numerous trips to the Munich airport, his team in Kempten or Audi in Neuburg/Donau the versatile Ekström relies on the Audi Q7. “This year, I ordered an SQ7 – the Q7 is simply the best family car.”
DTM, rallycross and his family hardly leave any time for Ekström to pursue other hobbies. He stays fit with cross-country skiing, running and, preferably, playing tennis. In winter, he went skiing with his two children practically in his back yard. And, naturally, his stylishly furnished home in Ellmau includes a well-appointed gym.
Like most race drivers, Ekström is enthusiastic about other sports as well. For instance, he was particularly pleased when he had the opportunity to take part in an ice hockey practice session with ERC Ingolstadt at the beginning of the year and was given his own jersey bearing his name and his DTM car number 5: “I had the opportunity to practice with ERCI before, ten years ago, and subsequently clinched my second DTM title. Maybe it’ll bring me luck again ...”