Mattias Ekström and Andreas Bakkerud are the drivers for EKS Audi Sport in the 2018 season. The Swedish-Norwegian duo will take part with two newly-built Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
“With support from Audi we’re able to go for all-out attack,” says Ekström. “Our aim for 2018 is clear: We’re battling for the drivers’ and teams’ world championship titles.” In the 2016 season, EKS had been successful in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, having clinched both titles.
Last year, Ekström had to settle for finishing the World RX season as runner-up. EKS placed third in the teams’ championship. “It was clear that we needed to make some changes. That’s why we’re preparing two new cars and putting the competition from Volkswagen and Peugeot in their place.”
Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud is joining Ekström in the battle for trophies and titles. The Norwegian ranks among the world’s best and most experienced rallycross drivers. He has contested all of the rounds in World RX history. In the 2016 season, he placed third in the drivers’ championship – trailing Ekström and the reigning world champion Johan Kristoffersson.
“It’s a great honor for me to be driving in Mattias’ team. We’ve had good rapport with each other for many years and I’ve been closely following the development of EKS. Together with the team I’d now like to make the next step in my career and be in contention for the title.”