Emil Bergkvist and Mattias Ekström.

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Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist

An old friend of Audi Sport, Mattias Ekström is regarded as one of the most versatile drivers with two DTM titles and also becoming the World Rallycross champion. His co-driver is former rally driver Emil Bergkvist, forming a Swedish duo with Ekström.

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Mattias Ekström.

The all-rounder

Mattias Ekström is a racing driver for all occasions. The Swede is a former World Rallycross champion, two-time DTM champion and the winner of four Race of Champions titles. He is now the “junior” in Audi Sport’s Dakar driver trio.

For the 42-year-old Swede, new motorsport opportunities continue to thrill him. “I still love finding out how good I can really become as a driver,” says Ekström. His tireless spirit of discovery took Mattias Ekström from Sweden’s province of Falun to the very top of the international motorsport stage. For 17 years, Ekström was a regular DTM title contender. This was always for Audi as an Audi factory driver for 14 years. He won two DTM titles with the brand with the four rings. With his own team and the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, the Swede also became the World Rallycross champion.

After sporadic rally events during his long career, he is taking part in all of the rounds of the new Extreme E off-road racing series for CUPRA in 2021.

Ekström will take part in the world’s longest and toughest cross-country rally for the second time in 2022. In 2021, the Swede drove a buggy prototype. His most important insight after the almost 8,000-kilometer marathon through the deserts of Saudi Arabia: “The key factor at the Dakar Rally is that as a driver you must manage the relationship between performance and risk as well as possible.”

Biography

Date of birth: July 14, 1978
Place of birth: Falun (S)
Place of residence: Munich (D)
Marital status: single (partner Heidi), one son (Mats), one daughter (Hanna)
Height/weight: 1,83 m/77 kg
Motorsport since: 1993 (Audi driver 1999–2017 and again since 2021)

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Career as a driver:

1993 Kart
1994 Kart, Swedish Renault 5 Cup
1995 2nd place Swedish Renault-5-Cup
1996 1st place Swedish Renault-5-Cup, “Young Driver of the Year”
1997 2nd place Swedish Touring Car Championship, “Rookie of the Year”
1998 8th place Swedish Touring Car Championship
1999 1st place Swedish Touring Car Championship (Audi A4 quattro)
2000 3rd place Swedish Touring Car Championship
2001 8th place DTM (Abt-Audi TT-R), 6th place 24 hours Nürburgring
2002 3rd place DTM (Abt-Audi TT-R)

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2003 4th place DTM (Abt-Audi TT-R), 3rd place Group N Rally Sweden
2004 1st place DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 1st place Group N Rally Sweden and Catalunya
2005 2nd place DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 1st place Nations Cup Race of Champions
2006 8th place DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 1st place Race of Champions
2007 1st place DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 1st place Race of Champions
2008 3rd place DTM (Audi A4 DTM)
2009 5th place DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 1st place Race of Champions
2010 5th place DTM (Audi A4 DTM)
2011 2nd place DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 1st place Spa 24 Hours (Audi R8 LMS)
2012 6th place DTM (Audi A5 DTM)
2013 7th place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)
2014 2nd place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 10th place World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro)
2015 3rd place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 6th place World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro)
2016 7th place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 1st place World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro)
2017 2nd place DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 2nd place World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro)
2018 2nd place World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro)
2019 World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro)
2020 2nd place World Rallycross Championship (Audi S1 EKS JC RX quattro)
2021 Extreme E, Audi Dakar project

Emil Bergkvist.
Emil Bergkvist and Mattias Ekström.

The changeover

Emil Bergkvist was a rally driver himself for ten years. The Swede even became the Junior World Rally champion. In 2021, he switched to the co-driver’s seat and became the co-driver of Mattias Ekström, his idol when he was young.

Switching roles from driver to co-driver was not an easy decision for Emil Bergkvist: “I went back and forth for a long time.” When no new rally driving opportunity could be found for him, he signed on with EKS in the summer of 2020. This is the company with which Mattias Ekström conducts his off-road motorsport activities, among other things.

“At first, I operated machines and drove trucks at EKS, because I also have a driver’s license for that. I also know a lot about technology and helped out in the workshop,” says Bergkvist, explaining how his relationship with Ekström started. “I worked my way up the ladder to get even better jobs, step by step.”

As the youngest of Audi Sport’s three Dakar crews, Emil Bergkvist sees this advantage for himself: “If you’re young and motivated, you have a good chance of a good result at the Dakar Rally. Of course, you have to have prepared yourself and everything properly.”

Biography

Date of birth: June 17, 1994
Place of birth: Gävle (S)
Place of residence: Sandviken (S)
Marital status: single
Height/weight: 1.81 m/74 kg
Motorsport since: 1998 (Audi co-driver since 2021)

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Career as a driver:
1998–2010 Motocross
2010–2013 Volvo Cup
2015 1st place European Rally Championship Juniors
2016 35th place World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
2017 17th place World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
2018 1st place World Rally Championship Juniors (WRC 3)
2019 27th place World Rally Championship

Career as a co-driver:
2021 Dakar Rally debut, Audi Dakar project

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Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist.
Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist.
Emil Bergkvist and Mattias Ekström.

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