For a long time at the Hockenheimring it did not seem like Ekström would be able to repeat his success from last year. Only after a fierce battle the Swede, in fourth place overall, qualified for the semi-final of the twelve best campaigners. “On Friday and Saturday we had a few problems keeping pace with the competition,” said Ekström. Then, in the penultimate round, the 38-year-old’s class fully panned out when he followed up on his victory in the semi-final with a forceful drive in the final that earned him his third success this year. “Unfortunately, due to my double commitment in the World RX and the DTM, I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time with the team. But the guys burned the midnight oil from Thursday on and did another fantastic job.” In drizzling rain on an extremely slippery track Topi Heikkinen in position six complemented the good team result clinched by EKS.
In the drivers’ standings Ekström is now in the top spot with 85 points, his advantage over the runner-up, Johan Kristoffersson, amounting to 16 points. Racing in the World Rallycross Championship will continue next weekend with round four of the season being held at Mettet in Belgium on 13 and 14 May.