After a successful weekend at Holjes together with KYB Team JC, it became clear that Mattias Ekstrom had got a renewed taste for rallycross. Already this coming weekend, he will race in the next two rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (August 29-30).
The third and fourth rounds of the World RX will be held at Kouvola in Finland in the second double header of the season in the space of eight days. Swedish squad KYB Team JC, which is run by JC Raceteknik, made its World RX debut last weekend at Holjes. In the two first rounds, Ekstrom took a win and a second place, who is second in the championship, two points off the lead and just ahead of team mate Robin Larsson. KYB Team JC also leads the World Championship Teams’ standings by 28 points.
Now Ekstrom will continue his World RX comeback, having only initially planned to race at Holjes. KYB Team JC’s goal is to continue picking up points in both the Drivers’ and Teams’ World Championships this weekend.
The idea from the beginning was that Mattias’ entry would only be a one-off for Holjes, but now we have the opportunity to continue the cooperation in Finland too. Mattias is very important in KYB Team JC, so getting him to race in the next two rounds feels really nice, both for Robin’s sake and the whole team. We go to Finland with a victory and a second place in the bag, and a nice lead in the Teams’ Championship. We’ve all got the taste for that now, and the goal is to continue fighting for points in in both the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.Joel Christoffersson, KYB Team JC, Team Principal
It’s exciting to drive with KYB Team JC again in Finland. I’ve never been there and raced before, so I do not know what to expect from the track. But, I look forward to another fantastic weekend with the team and go there with the same attitude as to Holjes – to do my best together with a good team.Mattias Ekstrom