The aim for 2018 has been clearly stated. This year, EKS Audi Sport intends to live up to its successes in 2016 and clinch the drivers’ and teams’ titles again. In 2017, Mattias Ekström finished the World Championship as runner-up and EKS took position three in the teams’ classification – falling short of the standards of the ambitious Swede and his success-hungry team. Currently, Ekström’s rallycross biography reflects ten race victories, making the Audi factory driver, together with two-time world champion Petter Solberg, the most successful rallycross driver in the World Championship’s history.
Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud is battling for trophies and titles alongside Ekström. The 27-year-old ranks among the world’s best rallycross drivers as well. He has contested all 61 rounds in World RX history, claiming 24 podium finishes and six race wins. In the 2016 season, he placed third in the drivers’ championship – trailing Ekström and reigning World Champion Johan Kristoffersson. “It’s a great honor for me to be driving in Mattias’ team. We’ve had good rapport with each other for many years and I’ve been closely following the development of EKS. Together with the team I’d now like to make the next step in my career and be in contention for the title.”
EKS Audi Sport 2018 driver lineup
- Mattias Ekström (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #5)
- Andreas Bakkerud (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #13)