Ekstrom gets permission to contest Latvia World RX round

Hal Ridge
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for 2021, in a collaboration with German team ABT, but having contested the opening two weekends of the World RX series, the double DTM champion has been given permission by his employer to race in the fifth and sixth rounds in Riga.

in the opening weekend at Holjes and beat pre-season favourite Johan Kristoffersson in a straight fight in round two of World RX’s first double-header.

While Kristoffersson leads the Drivers’ championship with a pair of wins under his belt, three podiums have put Ekstrom in title-contention, currently 17-points behind his compatriot.

Ekstrom hadn’t intended to race in World RX this season, having stepped down from full-time rallycross driving at the end of 2018, but the opportunity to join Robin Larsson in the JC squad for the opening two weekends of the season arose when Janis Baumanis, who had entered World RX as a permanent driver with the team, ran into Coronavirus-related budget issues.

Cupra for 2021,” said Ekstrom.

Cupra for allowing me to go to Riga for the next World RX races.

he first four races turned out pretty fine with three podiums, so being second in the championship and to be leading the Teams’ Championship, I’m in a situation I didn’t expect.

JC Raceteknik boss Joel Christoffersson says his team still has eyes on both World RX titles this year.

“We are very happy to have Mattias back in the team,” said Christoffersson.

Cupra for letting us have him in the team for the event.

manis meanwhile, will return to a World RX event this weekend for his home round, racing a STARD-built Ford Fiesta in the new Projekt E electric category.