The 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship kicked off this past weekend in Montalegre, Portugal, and Mattias Ekström's Team EKS already looks poised for success.  Driving their privateer-developed Audi S1 EKS RX racecars, both Ekström and teammate Toomas Heikkinen achieved positive results during the race weekend.
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Sitting on the pole after the first four qualifying sessions, Ekström was a favorite for the overall victory before a semi-final mishap put him out of the top six, effectively ending his weekend.  Newcomer to Team EKS Heikkinen was much more fortune, however, as the young Fin achieved a podium result, finishing 3rd overall.
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Both Ekström and Heikkinen hope to return stronger for round two at Hockenheim, where the FIA World Rallycross will be part of the festivities for DTM's season opener.