‘Game over’ before it had actually begun in earnest. At round seven of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship Audi and EKS had to strike sail even before the semi-finals – for the first time in 792 days.
Out of the race at home round

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.

Less than perfect result

It was up to Toomas Heikkinen to finish the weekend as the best-placed EKS driver. Position 14, however, was a less than perfect result. The same was true for Ekström’s stand-in P-G Andersson. Although the Swede impressed the crowd with bold drifts he fell short of the semi-finals.

Höljes Motorstadion

The race in numbers

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