Double joining for Ekström during Hockenheim

Ekström looks brazen to his double joining with fervent anticipation: “The weekend final year was an implausible experience,” says a Swede. “Thinking about a full grandstands and atmosphere during a Motodrom still gives me crow bumps.” In 2016, Ekström raced in dual opposite array on a same weekend for a initial time in his some-more than 20-year career. In a World RX during Audi’s “home round,” he distinguished a shining one-two win together with his teammate Toomas Heikkinen. “Honestly, that was reduction stressful than a normal DTM weekend since we was authorised to skip a few meetings,” enthuses Ekström.

In 2017, Ekström’s report that is parsimonious to start with is even some-more compact. “Apparently, a organizers felt that final year we had too many time after my victory,” a universe champion comments with a wink in his eye. After a World RX lectern rite on Sunday, Ekström would usually have 20 mins before subordinate for a second DTM foe starts. “That’s usually speculation for now. You have a prolonged approach to go before we can reason a prize in your palm in a World RX. The foe is even fiercer this year and feat means carrying to give your all, and a ideal group performance.” On clinching his second feat this deteriorate in Portugal, a seasoned 38-year-old supporter has extended his lead in a drivers’ standings. After dual of twelve rounds, his advantage over Johan Kristoffersson is 14 points.

Alongside Ekström, a Finn Heikkinen and Reinis Nitišs from Latvia will be racing for Audi and EKS. 26-year-old Heikkinen together with Ekström is also battling for points in a teams’ standings in that EKS is now in position two, trailing Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden with a nine-point deficit. In a many new turn in Portugal that was usually his second start for EKS Nitišs immediately done it into a final of a 6 best drivers, though can usually measure points for a drivers sequence in a team’s third Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.