Monday is a day of... EKSRX announcement! One of the last teams to still confirm the program for the 2016 season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the Swedish team with the same machine from 2015 but with a renewed driver lineup.
EKSRX owner and multi-task driver Mattias Ekström made an open air live presentation under typical Swedish weather (of course it's snowy) to the fans on Facebook, to not only present the pair of Audi S1 EKS RX machines but also to confirm a famous sentence in the rally world that can be useful in rallycross: “If you want to win, take a Finn.”
Following what most of the media and fans gave as a sure choice, Toomas 'Topi' Heikkinen will be Ekström's team mate for the season to come, putting EKSRX as one of the top forces this year.
The 24 years old Finnish driver has a Red Bull GRC title with Olsbergs MSE in 2013 to count on his favor, and after that his two seasons driving a Volkswagen Polo RX for Marklund Motorsport were a mix of ups and downs in World RX, going from a lost title fight and a runner-up finish in 2014 to a lacklustre 9th place in 2015 with a victory, two podiums and four finals. As Anton Marklund returns to Marklund Motorsport, now combined with VW Team Sweden to create the VW RX Sweden team, Heikkinen's arrival at EKSRX can be considered as a trade between the two teams.
Ekström had a good 2015 season for someone splitting between two championships in a full time basis, as he got a win at Höljes and runner-up finishes at Lydden Hill and Rosario while being really close of the DTM title. His best results were roughly the same in every World RX season, so he just needs to setp up his game during the season as a whole.