Audi and EKS had started the ‘magic weekend’ in Höljes with high expectations. Even without Mattias Ekström, who was racing in the DTM at the Norisring, the squad was intent on continuing the 2014 and 2015 successes when the Swedish local hero took the winner’s trophy home on both occasions. Yet in EKS’ home round of all events all three drivers missed the semi-finals. As early as in the qualifying sessions it was clear that the necessary pace was lacking.
On Saturday Reinis Nitišs as the best EKS campaigner was only in position 12 and, as a result, would have just barely qualified for the semi-finals of the twelve quickest drivers on Sunday. Following the jump in the final qualifying session, the suspension of the Latvian’s car broke, dashing all hopes of making it into the semi-finals – position 18.