Things have gone in the right direction for every race in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for Pontus Tidemand and EKS. In this weekend’s event in Belgium, the development took another step forward when Pontus made it to the final and felt very comfortable in his Audi S1. He got a sixth place overall – but the victory feels closer than ever.
“This is the first race where I have had good starts and I could be in the fight from the first meter and that feels incredibly good” says Pontus who was in the top battle all the way from start by managing to set a 5th fastest time already in Saturday’s first heat.
After a fantastic start, Pontus continued the trend and delivered great times in all four qualifying heats. A solid sixth place took him to the semi-finals, where he gave everything and was second fastest overall. In the final, he attacked in the same style and it looked like he was on his way to a podium place when a technical issue occured during the last lap. Pontus got a sixth place, but despite that he won’t go home empty handed. This weekend’s race is also a part of the European Championship – where Pontus scored a third place and got to step up on the podium on Sunday afternoon.
“To reach a World RX final is like a win in itself when you look at the big picture and that the season began a bit problematic” says Pontus. “The car works great, I liked the track and it has been pure joy to drive this weekend. Nothing is for free in this sport, we have worked our way up gradually and I have done my best in every heat. Now the podium feels so close and I’m really looking forward to continuing the RX series in a couple of months.”
After the busiest time of the season, the FIA World Rallycross Championship now takes a short summer break and will be continued in Canada in August. But for Pontus and EKS, the next World RX event will be in France in September. Before that, Pontus will focus on rallying again and participate in Rally Deutschland in late August.