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Audi remains committed to rallycross in the 2018 season. The Ingolstadt-based brand will continue to provide factory support to Mattias Ekström’s project. Under its new name, EKS Audi Sport, the team will compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) with two newly prepared Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars.

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  • 09/19/18
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    World RX Audi driver Ekström in Nitro World Games for the first time

    Audi rallycross driver Mattias Ekström will take part in the Nitro World Games (September 22–23) in Salt Lake City for the first time. He will compete in the new rallycross event in an Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Ekström will meet with top-class drivers from the rallycross series and popular U.S. action sports stars. The action sports event featuring freestyle motocross, BMX and inline skating, skateboarding and scootering that is popular in the United States fascinates a large number of spectators.
  • 09/16/18
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    Another podium finish for EKS Audi Sport in Riga

    EKS Audi Sport celebrate a podium finish for the sixth time in the current FIA World Rallycross Championship season: at the ninth round of the season in the Latvian capital Riga, Mattias Ekström in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro finished second, only 2.3 seconds behind the winner and championship leader Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen).
  • 09/11/18
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    Rallycross: three times EKS Audi Sport in Riga

    Action aplenty for EKS Audi Sport in the Baltics: in round nine of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in Latvia’s capital city of Riga, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström will be supported by DTM star Nico Müller at the wheel of a third Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.
  • 09/02/18
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    After one-two lead up until the last lap: EKS Audi Sport narrowly beaten

    A thrilling race weekend with a decision on the final meters: In round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship season, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström just barely missed scoring the first victory this season for EKS Audi Sport, but regained second place in the teams’ classification in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans.
  • 08/28/18
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    Rallycross in France: Rock star feeling for EKS Audi Sport

    Some 75,000 fans are going to transform the small race track at Lohéac into a bubbling cauldron once again this weekend. The two drivers from EKS Audi Sport, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström, are looking forward to round eight of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in front of a large crowd.
  • 08/05/18
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    Disappointment in Canada: EKS Audi Sport only fourth

    A crazy race weekend with many highs and lows: in round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Trois-Rivières, Canada, Mattias Ekström as the best Audi driver placed fourth with a small deficit.
  • 07/31/18
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    Rallycross: first overseas round for EKS Audi Sport

    With two Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars that have received detailed improvements EKS Audi Sport will compete at Trois-Rivières, Canada, on August 4 and 5. The race weekend is ringing in the second half of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) season.
  • 07/01/18
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    Celebration at Höljes: Audi driver Bakkerud reclaims World RX position two

    On clinching second place on the “Magic Weekend” in Höljes, Sweden, Audi driver Andreas Bakkerud improved from fourth to second position again in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). With a strong home round EKS Audi Sport bumped the Peugeot factory team from position two in the teams’ standings.
  • 06/26/18
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    Rallycross: EKS Audi Sport before “Magic Weekend”

    Season highlight in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX): the event in Swedish Höljes is held from June 29 to July 1. It is regarded as the craziest world championship round of the year and is simultaneously the home race for EKS Audi Sport and Mattias Ekström.
  • 06/10/18
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    Strong fightback: Second WRX podium for EKS Audi Sport this season

    Another podium finish for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). In round five of the season in Norway, Mattias Ekström in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro celebrated second place and his first podium finish this season. Only two weeks earlier, his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, had finished as runner-up at Silverstone (Great Britain). EKS’ newcomer in his home round in Norway made it into the final as well and placed sixth.
  • 06/05/18
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    Rallycross home round for Audi driver Bakkerud

    Five events in only eight weeks: EKS Audi Sport is engaged in a program of truly mammoth proportions right at the beginning of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). Next weekend, the supercars will be racing at Hell in Norway.
  • 05/27/18
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    Huge celebrations in Silverstone: first podium for Audi driver Andreas Bakkerud

    Huge celebrations in Silverstone (Great Britain): in his fourth event for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX), Andreas Bakkerud made the step onto the winners’ podium for the first time after finishing second. Mattias Ekström completed the strong showing of the powerful 580 hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro with fourth place.
  • 05/22/18
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    Rallycross: Motorsport festival with EKS Audi Sport at Silverstone

    Premiere for EKS Audi Sport: Silverstone in England is the venue for a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) for the first time this weekend (May 25–27), where the most difficult jump of the year awaits the two Audi drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström.
  • 05/13/18
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    Rallycross: mixed feelings at EKS Audi Sport in Belgium

    EKS Audi Sport in round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in Belgium experienced some turbulent races with ups and downs. Mattias Ekström, who was leading the intermediate classification after qualifying at the challenging Circuit Jules Tacheny in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, finished fourth, just barely missing the podium. His teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, on delivering a strong fight made it into the final as well, placing sixth.
  • 05/08/18
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    Test of courage for Audi drivers at rallycross in Belgium

    Tight turns, tire walls as track barriers and a spectacular jump into the valley: Circuit Jules Tacheny at Mettet, Belgium, some 80 kilometers southeast of Brussels will host round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) this weekend (May 12/13) – and test the drivers’ courage.
  • 04/29/18
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    Rallycross: roller coaster ride for EKS Audi Sport

    Sun, rain and even snow in the end: totally crazy April weather in round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) and a roller coaster ride for EKS Audi Sport. After positions one and three in qualifying, expectations of the two Audi campaigners, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström, in Portugal had been higher than positions four and seven.
  • 04/24/18
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    Rallycross: EKS Audi Sport heads to the mountain heights of Portugal

    It is one of the toughest race tracks in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX): this weekend (28/29 April) the circuit in the mountains of Montalegre (Portugal) awaits the EKS Audi Sport team and the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.
  • 04/15/18
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    Rallycross: podium for EKS Audi Sport in season opener

    On contesting his first event for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Andreas Bakkerud instantly achieved a podium result. In the turbulent season opener at Barcelona (Spain), the Norwegian took third place. His teammate, Mattias Ekström, was classified in sixth position following a sporting penalty.
  • 04/10/18
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    Rallycross: EKS Audi Sport starts in the Spanish sun

    Moment of truth for Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström and his team in Spain: the fifth World Rallycross Championship season commences at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on April 14–15. And the new Audi S1 EKS RX quattro makes its competitive race debut. To start the World RX season, the EKS Audi Sport squad must assert itself against the teams from Volkswagen, Peugeot and Co. The event also marks the first race as Audi driver for Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud.
  • 04/03/18
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    World RX: Audi Sport gives wings to EKS

    From 2020 on, the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) is planning to race with electric cars. Audi is currently considering a possible commitment. The technological potential of the current Supercars being fielded in 2018 and 2019 has not been fully exploited either. The new Audi S1 EKS RX quattro is a perfect example as it is superior to its predecessor in almost every area.
  • 03/26/18
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    ​EKS Audi Sport fired up for 2018 World RX season with new package

    On the official test and media day of the racing series at Silverstone (Great Britain) this Monday, EKS Audi Sport presents the second-generation Audi S1 EKS RX quattro in which Ekström and his new teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, will contest the 2018 season.
  • 01/31/18
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    EKS Audi Sport to attack in World RX with Bakkerud and Ekström

    Audi remains committed to rallycross in the 2018 season. The Ingolstadt-based brand will continue to provide factory support to Mattias Ekström’s project. Under its new name, EKS Audi Sport, the team will compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) with two newly prepared Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars. Andreas Bakkerud, one of the most successful rallycross campaigners, is joining team principal and driver Ekström on the grid in the second car.
  • 01/29/18
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    Audi driver Mattias Ekström ends DTM career

    It marks the end of an era: After 17 years, 195 races, 23 victories and two championship titles, factory driver Mattias Ekström ends his DTM career, which means that Audi’s most successful DTM campaigner to date is leaving this racing series. In 2018, Ekström will concentrate on the factory-backed commitment of his team, EKS, in the World Rallycross Championship. The new member of Audi’s DTM driver squad is Dutchman Robin Frijns.
  • 01/22/18
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    Press conference with Audi driver Mattias Ekström

    Will he end his unique career? Will he continue his dual-track commitment in the DTM and in the FIA World Rallycross Championship or concentrate on one of these two racing series in the 2018 season? There has been a lot of speculation about Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström’s future in racing in recent months. Now the decision has been made.
  • 11/12/17
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    World RX: Ekström Vice-Champion

    Mattias Ekström has clinched the FIA World Rallycross Championship runner-up slot. At the season finale in Cape Town, the Swede took third place and in doing so snatched second place in the overall standings from Petter Solberg, even though Ekström contested one race less than the Norwegian due to a clash of dates with the DTM. The previously crowned World Champion Johan Kristoffersson won the race in South Africa. EKS is third in the teams’ classification.
  • 11/07/17
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    World RX finale: Audi and EKS to battle for two vice-championship titles in South Africa

    The finale of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship season will take place in Cape Town this weekend. Mattias Ekström, Toomas Heikkinen and Reinis Nitišs have big aims for the event on November 11 and 12, shooting for their fifth win this season and the teams’ vice-championship title. Ekström himself is aiming to become vice-champion in the drivers’ classification as well.
  • 10/01/17
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    One, two, three, quattro! Fourth victory in 2017 World RX for Audi driver Ekström

    Mattias Ekström claimed his fourth victory of the season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The Swede won at the Estering from countryman Timmy Hansen and EKS team mate Toomas Heikkinen. Before the season finale in South Africa, Ekström holds third place in the drivers’ classification, and reduced the margin second placed overall man Petter Solberg to one point. In the teams’ classification, EKS still holds third place.
  • 09/26/17
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    Audi and EKS with strong starting base at Estering

    The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship is visiting Germany for the second time this year. Following the round at Hockenheim in May, the Estering in Buxtehude will host the penultimate event of the season. Together with his EKS teammates, Toomas Heikkinen and Reinis Nitišs, Mattias Ekström is battling for the fourth victory this season. In the drivers’ championship the Swede is currently in position three.
  • 09/17/17
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    Ekström wins next trophy with Audi and EKS

    Mattias Ekström has won the next trophy in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. At the tenth round of the season in Riga, the Swede finished second and was only beaten by his compatriot Johan Kristoffersson. The Volkswagen driver was crowned 2017 FIA World Rallycross Champion in Latvia with two rounds to spare and therefore succeeds Ekström, who is currently third overall. Kristofferson’s PSRX Volkswagen Sweden squad also secured the teams’ championship two races before the end of the season – EKS is third in this classification.
  • 09/12/17
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    World RX: Audi and EKS want to rock Riga

    The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship is turning onto the finish straight, with round ten of twelve to be staged in Riga. A decision may already be produced in both the drivers’ and the teams’ classification. Ranked in third overall, Mattias Ekström is aiming to clinch his fourth victory this season. In the race in the Latvian capital, Audi and EKS are again competing with four Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars. Alongside Ekström and the other two permanent EKS drivers, Toomas Heikkinen and Reinis Nitišs, Audi DTM campaigner Nico Müller will again contest the event.
  • 09/03/17
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    Audi driver Ekström on podium after pouring rain

    Mattias Ekström is back on the road to success in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. At the ninth round in Lohéac, the reigning World Champion finished third – the first podium result since his victory in Hockenheim last May. In front of 75,000 spectators, the Swede was only beaten in the final by his countryman Johan Kristoffersson and the French local matador Sébastien Loeb. In the overall standings, Ekström is third behind Kristoffersson and his team mate Petter Solberg – also like EKS in the team classification.
  • 08/29/17
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    Premiere: Four Audi S1 EKS RX quattro in FIA World Rallycross Championship

    The FIA World Rallycross Championship is back in Europe. Following the spectacular race in Canada, the ninth of twelve rounds this season is coming up this weekend. Some 80,000 fans will be flocking to Lohéac – no other World RX event attracts a larger crowd, which means that the Breton village of 700 inhabitants will be bursting at the seams. For EKS, it marks a premiere: The team is going to field four Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars for the first time and rely on two experienced DTM campaigners.
  • 08/06/17
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    No happy end for Audi and EKS in Canada

    Toomas Heikkinen continued his streak in the eighth round of FIA World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivières by reaching the final in Canada for the fourth time in succession – a record. Any hopes of a podium finish were however destroyed by a slow puncture. The Finn was fifth in the end. Mattias Ekström was forced to retire in the semi-final with clutch problems. In the overall standings, the reigning Rallycross World Champion still holds third – as does EKS in the teams’ classification.
  • 08/01/17
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    World RX: Audi driver Ekström is back

    Following a six-week summer break, the engines will be roaring again in the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend. Round eight in a total of twelve will be held in Trois-Rivières, Canada, from August 4 to 6 – and World Champion Mattias Ekström is returning to the wheel of his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. The Audi factory driver had missed out on his home round in Sweden due to races in the DTM.
  • 07/02/17
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    Crash landing for Audi and EKS in Sweden

    Round seven of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Höljes was a weekend to forget for Audi and EKS. At EKS’ home round in Sweden of all events, all three drivers missed the semi-finals. Rallycross world champion Mattias Ekström, who was racing in the DTM at the Norisring this weekend, is ranked in position three of the overall standings with five races to go.
  • 06/27/17
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    Rallycross: Audi and EKS without Ekström in Höljes

    Höljes will be hosting round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend. The event in the Swedish province of Värmland is both the home round for EKS and a big motorsport party. The organizers expect some 45,000 spectators to turn out for the “Magic Weekend” from June 30 to July 2. One of the protagonists, though, will be missing: Mattias Ekström. The Swedish Audi factory driver passes up his home round in favor of the DTM round at the Norisring. His compatriot P-G Andersson will stand in for him.
  • 06/23/17
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    Audi driver Ekström to race in DTM at the Norisring

    Good news for all DTM fans: Mattias Ekström in his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM will be on the grid of the DTM season’s highlight at the Norisring on the first weekend of July and skip the World RX round in Höljes (Sweden).
  • 06/11/17
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    Audi and EKS: points instead of podium

    Mattias Ekström took fourth place at the sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 in Hell. In his tenth World Championship finale in a row, the defending rallycross World Champion missed yet another podium finish by 0.4 seconds. In the overall standings, the Swede still holds second behind compatriot Johan Kristoffersson. In the teams’ classification EKS is third at the half-way stage of the season.
  • 06/06/17
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    Audi and EKS rallycross team: season’s midpoint in the far north

    Hell, Norway, will be hosting round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship next weekend. On the roller coaster track near Trondheim, 22 campaigners are going to battle for victory in the Supercar class from June 9 to 11. World RX Champion Mattias Ekström ranks in second place of the drivers’ standings after five of twelve rounds. EKS is in position three of the teams’ classification.
  • 05/28/17
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    Audi and Ekström from hunted to hunter

    Mattias Ekström finished fifth in the fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017. At the birthplace of rallycross in Lydden Hill, the reigning World Champion missed a podium finish and was forced to surrender his overall championship lead to Volkswagen driver Johan Kristoffersson. EKS holds third place in the team classification.
  • 05/24/17
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    ​Audi driver Ekström: “The DTM is fun again”

    With an unusual strategy Mattias Ekström clinched his first podium result in the 2017 DTM at the Lausitzring last weekend. In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the Audi driver is the leader of the standings before round five at Lydden Hill (GB) next weekend. Time for an initial in-season assessment.
  • 05/23/17
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    Farewell to the home of rallycross: Audi and Ekström say “Goodbye, Lydden Hill”

    Round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill will also be a farewell. On the weekend of May 27 and 28, the field will be competing for the last time on the circuit in the southeast of England until further notice. Lydden Hill is regarded as the cradle of rallycross, the first races of this motorsport series having been held there in 1967. The circuit suits the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro really well and Mattias Ekström with his team, EKS, is aiming to clinch a victory there.
  • 05/14/17
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    Audi driver Ekström continues to lead standings

    Mattias Ekström and his team, EKS, suffered a minor setback in round four of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship. At Mettet, Belgium, in an all-Scandinavian final, the reigning world champion finished in position four but, for the first time this season, had to yield to the competition on podium, but still defended his lead in the drivers’ classification.
  • 05/09/17
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    Audi driver Ekström aims to set record in Belgium

    For Audi and EKS there is no time to take a breather in the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the moment. Just one week after its visit to the Hockenheimring as part of the DTM season opener, the World RX campaign will be stopping at Mettet from May 12 to 14. Mattias Ekström is traveling to Belgium as the overall leader.
  • 05/07/17
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    Hattrick! Audi and Ekström rock Hockenheim

    Mattias Ekström and his Team EKS remain the measure of all things in the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship. In round three of the season at the Hockenheimring, the reigning world champion was again not to be beaten. In difficult weather conditions, the Swede, shortly before the DTM qualifying session for race two, prevailed against his compatriots Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen in a gripping final. In the drivers’ classification, Ekström has extended his lead. In the teams’ classification, world champions EKS continue to trail Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden in second place.
  • 05/02/17
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    Double commitment for Ekström at Hockenheim

    The FIA World Rallycross Championship will visit the Hockenheimring from May 5 to 7. For Mattias Ekström, round three of the season is a very special one. Like last year, the reigning Rallycross World Champion will not only be on the grid in his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, but in the Audi RS 5 DTM contest both races of the DTM season opener as well.
  • 04/23/17
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    World Champion Ekström wins in Portugal as well

    Everything continues to run according to plan for Mattias Ekström and his EKS team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017. At the second round in Montalegre, the defending World Champion beat nine-time Rally World Champion Sébastien Loeb in a thrilling finale. With his second victory this season, the Swede extended his lead in the drivers’ classification. In the team classification, World Champion EKS sits in second place behind the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden squad.
  • 04/18/17
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    Audi and EKS to start as leaders of the standings in Portugal

    The FIA World Rallycross Championship will be entering round two at Montalegre, Portugal, next weekend (April 22 and 23). The town near the Spanish border merely has a population of 1,800, but motorsport fans have been flocking to the venue in large numbers in recent years.
  • 04/02/17
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    Dream start for World RX Champion Ekström

    The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship could not have been off to a better start from Audi and EKS’s point of view. The season opener at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya saw Mattias Ekström triumph. In the final, the reigning world champion relegated Timo Scheider (D) and Andreas Bakkerud (N) to positions two and three. This victory immediately puts Ekström back at top of the drivers’ standings. In the teams’ classification, team world champions EKS are in the top spot tied on points with Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.
  • 03/28/17
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    Starting signal for Audi and EKS in World RX

    The fourth season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is coming up. Twelve events on three continents are on the calendar this year, kicked off by the round at Barcelona on April 1 and 2, which marks a premiere in several respects. It will be the first race in which EKS receives factory support from Audi. The reigning world champion will be fielding three Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars for the first time. Plus, Barcelona will be the venue of the season opener for the first time.
  • 03/21/17
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    World Champion Ekström attacks again with Audi

    Mattias Ekström will again be competing in a dual role in 2017. Following remarkable years in the DTM and two titles with Audi, the Swede is determined to claim the top spot now in the new, more than 500-HP Audi RS 5 DTM too. And as the reigning World Rallycross Champion he has only one aim in the up-and-coming racing series as well: to win the title again this year. The season will open at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya not far from the Spanish metropolis, on April 1 and 2. Starting this year, Ekström can also rely on support from Audi’s motorsport department.
  • 01/18/17
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    Audi Sport to enter World RX

    AUDI AG will be providing factory support to Mattias Ekström’s rallycross project EKS starting in the 2017 season. As a result, Audi Sport, in addition to its commitments in Formula E and the DTM, will be competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in the future as well.
  • 11/27/16
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    Mattias Ekström and EKS win World Rallycross Championship teams’ title

    Mattias Ekström and his privateer rallycross team EKS are World Champions in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. After the Swede had wrapped up the drivers’ title at the penultimate round of the season, EKS triumphed at the season finale in Rosario, Argentina.
  • 10/16/16
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    Mattias Ekström is FIA World Rallycross Champion

    Mattias Ekström, on finishing fifth at the Estering, secured an early title win in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. To compete in the penultimate round of the 2016 season, the Swede had opted not to run in the DTM finale at Hockenheim, marking the first time for him to miss a race in his 16-year DTM career.

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