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.
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.”