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Mattias Ekstrom Celebrates First Win In The Rallycross World Championship
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 03:28 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Mattias Ekstrom Celebrates First Win In The Rallycross World Championship

Mattias Ekström celebrates first win in the Rallycross World Championship

• DTM driver Ekström wins his home race in the Rallycross World Championship


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Ingolstadt, July 7, 2014 - great success for Audi customers this weekend. DTM driver Mattias Ekström won his home event in the Rallycross World Championship. Audi celebrations for a combined total of seven wins in the Blancpain Sprint Series, French GT Championship, Australian GT Championship and the Britcar Endurance Championship.

Ekström celebrates first victory in the Rallycross World Championship

Mattias Ekström celebrated the first victory in the FIA Rallycross World Championship with his team EKS. At his home event in Höljes, the Swede beat the two Norwegians Andreas Bakkerud and Petter Solberg and, in doing so, celebrated the much cheered premiere victory in the Audi S1 EKS RX in only the third start for his team, which was established at the start of the season. In front of a record crowd of more than 34,000 spectators, Ekström won three of his four preliminary heats and also the semi-final. Team mate Pontus Tidemand also made the penultimate round for the first time, but narrowly missed as fourth place finisher the finale for the best six drivers

Victory and third place for Audi teams at Zandvoort

Successful outing for the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT during the third Blancpain Sprint Series (BSS) event. Enzo Ide and René Rast took victory in the main race at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in their Audi R8 LMS ultra, which also meant the first Audi race win in the 2014 BSS season. Beforehand, the second WRT-Audi, driven by César Ramos and Laurens Vanthoor, had taken third place ahead of their team mates Ide/Rast in the partially wet qualifying race.

Hallyday and Guilvert triumphant at Val de Vienne

First win of the season for David Hallyday and Grégory Guilvert at the fourth round of the French GT Championship. In the second race, the Saintéloc Racing duo fought from sixth on the grid to take the lead within 33 laps at the Circuit du Val de Vienne in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. Hallyday/Guilvert Rang finished seventh in the first race.

Hat trick for Rod Salmon

Rod Salmon gave his competitors no chance at the third Australian GT Championship race weekend. Nathan Antunes and Salmon clinched victory together in all three races in the Trophy Class in their Audi R8 LMS, entered by the Melbourne Performance Centre. In doing so Salmon extended his lead in the standings. James Winslow and Dean Koutsoumidis from the Equity-One team finished second in both the second and third races in another Audi R8 LMS.

Cook/Pelle celebrate two wins at Oulton Park

Fantastic result for Peter Cook and Franck Pelle in the club racing series Britcar Endurance Championship. The Simpson Motorsport duo drove impressively as they scythed through the field from eighth on the grid to take overall victory. In the second race of the fourth event of the season, the British-French pair finished second overall and thus celebrated another victory in their class.

Successful racers in Neckarsulm

The Audi workforce at the Neckarsulm location enjoyed a visit by their successful race drivers on Thursday. Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer met with the Audi employees two and a half weeks following their Le Mans victory, signed autographs and attended the works meeting. Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock, winners of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, were guests at the event as well. Their Audi R8 LMS ultra has its origins at the Neckarsulm plant where its chassis leaves the assembly line together with the production version before being prepared for motorsport. The R8 LMS ultra also did several laps through the plant together with the Le Mans winning R18 e-tron quattro.

Audi employees in Ingolstadt celebrate their winners

The premises of Audi’s plant in Ingolstadt exuded 24-hour racing flair on Wednesday. The winners of the 24-hour races at Le Mans and at the Nürburgring presented themselves to the Audi employees. The Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and their team-mates Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené, Filipe Albuquerque and Oliver Jarvis as well as the Nürburgring winners Christopher Haase and Christian Mamerow signed autographs and gave interviews. The employees also had the opportunity to see the two successful race cars in action when the Audi R18 e-tron quattro and the R8 LMS ultra did a lap on the premises of the Audi plant. At the works meeting in the afternoon, the race drivers were welcome guests as well.

Markus Winkelhock is pleased to receive new Audi A6

Markus Winkelhock received his new Audi A6 Avant TDI on Thursday. The endurance expert, who won the Nürburgring 24 Hours with Audi for the second time in June, is now driving the 313-hp bi-turbo diesel on the road. “Output is fantastic, consumption is low, and space and comfort are first-rate,” said the 34-year-old race driver. He took possession of his Daytona gray A6 Avant at the Audi Forum Neckarsulm from where he directly headed for Zandvoort on the North Sea Coast to contest round three of the Blancpain Sprint Series. (Fuel consumption combined: 6.3 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 166 g/km).

Keen interest in Marc Gené in Spain

Audi driver Marc Gené on finishing the Le Mans 24 Hours in second place generated keen interest among Spanish media. Following his return from France, the team-mate of Tom Kristensen and Lucas di Grassi was in the media limelight. At a press conference in Madrid, the 40-year-old professional race driver looked back on what had been the most thrilling Le Mans race in years in front of an audience of TV, radio, print and online journalists. Afterwards, the 45 members of the media had the opportunity to compare their own driving skills with those of the former Le Mans winner in a kart race.

A word from Marcel Fässler

The three of you celebrated a hard-fought victory at Le Mans in an awesome running of this race. How do you rate this success, looking back on it after three weeks? At the beginning of the race, clinching victory seemed almost unrealistic for us, considering how fierce the competition was with Toyota and Porsche. Plus, we had two other strong cars in our own team. To have won in spite of this feels extremely good. The challenge is completely different every year, as each race at Le Mans has something special. Victory is sweet – and quite honestly: there is a risk of getting hooked on achieving further success.

None of the three manufacturers managed a flawless race. How tough was the competition? There are highs and lows in any race but this time they were really extreme. Toyota was leading for a long time but then they had a defect on track that couldn’t be repaired. Suddenly, we were leading with a three-lap advantage. Then a turbocharger failure caused us to drop to third place – we were lacking two laps. I was sure that all was lost, so the joy of having won in spite of this was even greater.

On Wednesday, you visited the Audi plant in Ingolstadt and the Neckarsulm location on Thursday. What was the response by the employees? As part of the Audi brand, we received a very enthusiastic welcome. We not only got to meet a large number of employees from various areas of the company but also many people from Audi Sport who design our race cars but are never at the race track. It was an honor for us that everybody is so proud of the Le Mans victory. We could feel how much the Audi family is backing us. At the works meeting, we even received a round of applause. At Audi, there are particularly strong ties between racing and the company. I’m happy to have been part of this brand since 2010. Our next 24-hour race with Audi is coming up at the end of July – that’s when we’re going to battle for victory with the R8 LMS ultra at Spa.

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