At Lohéac, both Mattias Ekström and his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, shone with exemplary times and outstanding starts throughout the entire race weekend: On the extremely fast track, they made it into the semi-finals on finishing the intermediate classification in second and third in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. First, Mattias Ekström won his semi-final in commanding style and in the second heat, Andreas Bakkerud followed suit with a second triumph.
“I’m disappointed about us having missed a one-two result by such a narrow margin, but am taking a lot of positives home from France,” commented Andreas Bakkerud. “We had good results in the preliminary races, managed to win our semi-finals and now I’m in second place of the drivers’ standings.” Team owner and driver Mattias Ekström added: “We had competitive cars and started from the front row, but in the end our pace wasn’t quite enough to take victory home. Now we’ve got our second place in the teams’ classification back and are going to fight even more intensively for victory in the last four rounds.”