Mattias Ekström managed to secure an early title win in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, after finishing fifth at Estering. Since 2001, Ekström has driven in 177 DTM races for Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline, achieving 22 victories and two titles (2004, 2007).
‘This may be the best day in my motorsport career,’ says Ekström. ‘I’ve had so many sweet moments with Audi Sport in the DTM, but this here is really, really special. We started from scratch three years ago; in October 2013, there was nothing. Only a few people can imagine what my team and I have built since then.
‘Obviously, I owe a big debt of gratitude to my employer, Audi Sport. My bosses gave me permission to compete at the Estering in order to maximise my chances of winning the title. That couldn’t be taken for granted, and I’m very, very thankful for this. I hope that by clinching the big trophy, I was able to put a big smile on their faces.’
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The World Championship title win is also a very special moment for Audi Sport, as this title is one of only five FIA World Championship titles. The last time an individual Audi driver won a world title was in 1984, when Ekström’s compatriot Stig Blomqvist won the World Rally Championship.
‘Stig clinched the title with quattro drive. In the WEC, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was successful and now I’ve been able to contribute a chapter to this success story with my Audi S1 EKS RX quattro,’ says Ekström.