NEW LIVERY: Improved Audi EKS RX revealed for Bakkerud and Ekström

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Andreas Bakkerud , Mattias Ekstrom pose for a portrait during FIA WRX test in Silverstone, United Kingdom on 27.03.2018 –
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New teammates Bakkerud and Ekström eye strong FIA World Rallycross season.

Andreas Bakkerud is used to picking up wins in FIA World Rallycross, but he believes his 2018 switch to EKS Audi Sport could help land a maiden drivers’ title.

The Norwegian will now partner 2016 king Mattias Ekström as the duo bid to beat reigning champion PSRX Volkswagen Sweden and Team Peugeot Total to the championship. Here is all you need to know. 




– The new 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro has been boosted with a new aerodynamics package that enhances performance as shown in the impressive testing carried out.

– Bakkerud revealed, “The car is a little shorter than I’ve been driving and my first impression is positive. The team pays attention to even the smallest details.”

– The 26-year-old’s best finish was third behind Ekström and Johan Kristoffersson in 2016, however he struggled to sixth in 2017 with just four podium places.

– Ekström will benefit from just focusing on WRX this season after doubling up with DTM since 2014, a series where he won the championship in 2004 and 2007.

– The 39-year-old said, “Personally that’s very positive because the dual load was definitely enormous. Last year we started as the hunted, now we’re the hunters.”

– The Swede finished the 2017 season strongly with four podium spots to pip two-time champion Petter Solberg to second overall behind runaway winner Kristoffersson.

– Bakkerud added, “It’s clear that Mattias is not just a brilliant driver but also an excellent technician. I look forward to trying to learn as much as possible from him.”

Andreas Bakkerud car during the EKS Audi Sport 2018 Testing in Mallorca, Spain on 19 March 2018 –
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Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
Mattias Ekstrom seen during the EKS Audi Sport 2018 Testing in Mallorca, Spain on 19 March 2018 –
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Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
Andreas Bakkerud performs during FIA WRX test in Silverstone, United Kingdom on 27.03.2018 –
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Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
Andreas Bakkerud, Mattias Ekstrom seen during the EKS Audi Sport 2018 Testing in Mallorca, Spain on 19 March 2018 –
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Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

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