There were many happy faces at Audi and EKS after the tenth round of the season. For good reason. “For the first time we had four cars in the semi-finals, and my second place. It couldn’t have gone much better,” summarised Ekström, who was especially happy for one driver – his Audi DTM team mate Nico Müller, who made the final in Riga in only his second appearance in the World Rallycross Championship. “I’m mega happy,” said the Swiss. “It was fantastic to start in the final with Mattias. A big thank you to the entire team for the support.” Local matador Reinis Nitišs missed making the final in front of his home crowd, after he lost crucial ground immediately after the start to the semi-final. Nevertheless, the Latvian and the occasionally frantic fans proved to be a great advertisement for the World Rallycross Championship.