The perfect wave
The start to the weekend did not, however, go according to plan. In summer temperatures in the mountains of northern Portugal, Ekström and his team mates had to battle against the dust on the circuit. They couldn’t keep pace with the competition – especially the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team was in a class of its own. In the final, Ekström proved yet again that it’s never over till it’s over. After making a perfect start, the Swede kept the competition at bay and celebrated his second victory of the season ahead of nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb.
On only his second competitive start in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, the 21-year-old Nitišs also made the final for the best six drivers. The Latvian, the youngest ever race winner in World Rallycross Championship history, was fifth after a courageous race. Toomas Heikkinen was in contrast dissatisfied. The Finn’s hopes of another podium finish came to a premature end after finishing fifth in his semi-final – last year the Finn finished third in Portugal on his first start for EKS.
For Audi and EKS the World Rallycross Championship continues with the home event at Hockenheim. From May 5–7, Ekström will once again compete in the DTM and the World Rallycross Championship, and together with Heikkinen attempt to repeat the acclaimed one-two from last year as well as defend his unbeaten run this season.