This weekend marks a hattrick of World RX finals for Pontus Tidemand. After a thrilling battle in the German event and a final with historically small margins, he finished in fourth place and once again tops his previous best performance in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Prior to the event at the German circuit Estering, Pontus promised yet another weekend with maximum attack and he did not disappoint anybody. After a jump start in the first heat, he might not have gotten the start he intended, but that did not affect him at all. Already in the next heat he climbed the leaderboard and in the fourth qualifying heat, he was second fastest overall. That lifted him up to seventh place and the semi-finals was secured. Pontus did a brilliant job, finished second in his semi-final and quickly recharged for the final.
The final offered six potential winners on the start line and after an exciting fight, Pontus managed to scoop the fourth place in his Audi S1 EKS RX. This means that he result wise had his best event so far in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
“Any step forward is positive so I am definitely happy with the weekend” says Pontus. “It is such tough competition and you can not afford to relax for even a second. All in all, everything has been working well these two days and it is a really nice feeling to be able to be in the competition all the way from start to finish. But I will not deny that I want more than this and I have already started looking forward to next weekend’s event.”
To sum it up: the weekend in Germany was a success for EKS. Besides Pontus’ fourth place, Mattias Ekström also scored a second place, only 0.005 seconds behind the winner, Petter Solberg. The team will enjoy these results all the way to Italy, where the tenth championship round takes place next weekend.