Disappointment in Canada: EKS Audi Sport Only Fourth

[source: Audi Sport]

  • Mattias Ekström misses podium by a hair’s breadth
  • In spite of rocket start: Andreas Bakkerud’s race ends in semi-finals

A crazy race weekend with many highs and lows: in round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Trois-Rivières, Canada, Mattias Ekström as the best Audi driver placed fourth with a small deficit.

During the season’s first overseas race both Mattias Ekström and his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, shone with strong starts and fast times. On the extremely fast circuit, Ekström in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro featuring improvements to the suspension and the engine occupied second place overall at the end of day one. After a racing incident between Ekström’s Audi and Sébastien Loeb’s Peugeot, the Swede was unable to finish Q3. With an impressive second place in the semi-finals, Ekström clinched his ticket for the final, but missed the podium there by just 1.2 seconds.