Some you win, some you lose. Just one week after Lucas di Grassi’s highly acclaimed Formula E championship victory in Montreal, Audi and EKS set out to rock the World Rallycross Championship as well in Canada – but this time without success.
Heikkinen sets record

In Trois-Rivières, Mattias Ekström was on course up to the semi-final. Third place of qualifying and a front row start alongside his old rival Petter Solberg in the semi-final. However, a much anticipated duel between the only Rallycross World Champions in history never materialised. Ekström dropped back with a clutch problem immediately after the start and was forced to retire two laps before the finish. “A good weekend up to the semi-final,” summarised Ekström briefly.

Team mate Toomas Heikkinen did a better job initially. After finishing second in the semi-final, the Finn reached the final for the fourth time in Canada – record! A slow puncture abruptly shattered his dreams of taking a first podium finish this season. In the end it was only enough for fifth place. Nevertheless the positives outweighed the negatives: “The car ran superbly and we are definitely working in the right direction.”

Looking ahead

For Reinis Nitišs the weekend came to end after qualifying. Problems with the propshaft threw the third EKS driver back. The race to catch up unsuccessful – 16th place. “In France everything starts from zero again and I will prove that I can do it better,” declared the Latvian combatively.

Circuit Trois-Rivières

The race in numbers

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World RX Trois-Rivières