EKS Audi Sport in round three of the World RX in Belgium experienced some turbulent races with ups and downs. Mattias Ekström, who was leading the intermediate classification after qualifying at the challenging Circuit Jules Tacheny in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, finished fourth, just barely missing the podium. His teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, on delivering a strong fight made it into the final as well, placing sixth.
“Mettet was not wonderful but pretty good. I took 23 important points home, only Sébastien Loeb scored more points here. We’re happy with our pace on track but need to improve our starts before the next race at Silverstone,” said Mattias Ekström summarizing the race in Belgium. The Audi drivers experienced ups and downs as early as in the four qualifying races. In heat one, Mattias Ekström lost time in a collision with Sébastien Loeb.
Following difficult qualifying sessions, his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, captured a place in the semi-finals as well. Due to jump-starting, the Norwegian had to drive the Joker Lap twice but benefited from duels between rivals and with a strong fight in second position secured a place in the final of the six top drivers which he finished in last position. “This was one of the toughest race weekends in my career. I wasn’t able to deliver the type of performances I’d been planning on. But I’m proud of my fighting spirit and will to persevere,” said Bakkerud. “In the end, I went for broke once more, but in the commotion in turn one was slightly bumped and subsequently touched a tire wall.”