EKSTROM: "DTM AND RALLYCROSS IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION"
EKS RX team principle and driver, Mattias Ekstrom, thinks the recently announced World RX of Hockenheim will be a hit with fans. The double DTM champion is no stranger to the German circuit, and won at the venue in his Audi DTM car at the end of the 2014 season.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship has linked up with the DTM to run a joint event for the second round of World RX this season.
“I think the combination of DTM and rallycross is the best you can have in touring car racing world wide. It’s the perfect combination of both types of racing. I think both championships can profit from each other, but the biggest group that will profit are the fans. When you look at the schedule for the weekend; you have rallycross, DTM, Carrera cup, Formula 3 and the new Audi TT Cup. I think that’s a pretty impressive event schedule,” said the experienced Swede, who thinks the Sachs arena section at the end of the Hockenheim lap where the rallycross circuit is to be built is an ideal venue. “I think the arena there is perfect, it’s good that the rallycross cicuit will be there.”
Ekstrom hasn’t yet revealed his World RX plans as a driver for the 2015 season, but says he doesn’t find a problem with switching between his World RX beast and DTM race car. With the team mate to Anton Marklund yet to be announced at EKS RX, the possibility exists that Ekstrom could race both cars on the same weekend at Hockenheim. “I changed car several times last year with short notice in between. It’s like when you’re driving a road car or rental car and then the race car, they are all so different. I don’t really feel it because they’re not even close. I think it would be more difficult if I were to drive both the TT cup and DTM [to swap cars].”
The Swede is looking forward to working with compatriot Marklund in the EKS RX team this season, and helping him to develop as a driver in the Audi TT Cup. “It’s interesting to see what he can do. In rallycross for sure we know what he can do, but in the world of racing he is pretty new, it will be more than interesting to see his progress there. I’m pretty sure that he will need as much track time as possible to get used to that style of racing, but it will definitely help him, because some rallycross tracks are very similar to race tracks.”
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