Monday, 24 August 2020

Mattias Ekström to continue World RX comeback in Finland.

PHOTO CREDIT: JC Raceteknik.
2016 World Champion Mattias Ekström will remain with KYB Team JC for the second double-header of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Finland this weekend. 

Having retired from driving full-time at the end of the 2018 season, it became clear that Ekström has a renewed taste for rallycross after claiming his first rallycross win since 2017 in Sweden.  

The third and fourth rounds of the World RX will be held at Kouvola in Finland in the second double-header of the season in the space of eight days. 

In the first two rounds of the season, Ekström took a win and a second-place, and is currently second in the championship, two points off the lead and just ahead of teammate Robin Larsson. 

The Swede admitted that a full-time drive is unlikely as the condensed 2020 World RX season clashes with his other commitments, but hinted that "Finland, would be nice." 

Mattias Ekström will continue to partner Robin Larsson at KYB Team JC in Finland.

"It’s exciting to drive with KYB Team JC again in Finland. I've never been there and raced before, so I do not know what to expect from the track," Ekström said. "But, I look forward to another fantastic weekend with the team and go there with the same attitude as to Holjes - to do my best together with a good team."

Now that Ekström will continue his World RX comeback at the Kouvola circuit, having only initially planned to race at Holjes. KYB Team JC's goal is to continue picking up points in both the Drivers' and Teams’ World Championships this weekend.

"The idea from the beginning was that Mattias' entry would only be a one-off for Holjes, but now we have the opportunity to continue the cooperation in Finland too," Joel Christoffersson, KYB Team JC, Team Principal, said. "Mattias is very important in KYB Team JC, so getting him to race in the next two rounds feels really nice, both for Robin's sake and the whole team."

"We go to Finland with a victory and a second place in the bag, and a nice lead in the Teams’ Championship. We’ve all got the taste for that now, and the goal is to continue fighting for points in both the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships."

Written By - Junaid Samodien

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