WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT MONSTER ENERGY RX CARTEL SO FAR
Wednesday 20th of March 2019
Possibly the most secretive new team ever in FIA World Rallycross Championship history – Monster Energy RX Cartel – released more snippets about its 2019 programme from a secret test in Sweden yesterday.
The team published an aerial photograph of three EKS Audi S1 quattro Supercars parked next to one of EKS’s race transporters, carrying only the EKS branding. Apart from a comment made by RX Cartel driver Andreas Bakkerud on social media a few weeks ago, this is the first public indication that the cars will be run by 2016 World RX Teams’ Champions EKS in 2019 for Bakkerud and Liam Doran, along with its individual entry for Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo.
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More photographs and footage have been published on the driver’s and RX Cartel’s social media channels, and EKS owner and 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship Mattias Ekstrom said on his Instagram stories: “We just finished our shakedown for the cars for this season. We had a bit of snow, our drivers – or our puppies – had a good time, but they are a little tired,” he commented, before showing the three drivers asleep in the back seat of the road car. “They are happy, so it’s good.”
Photographs showed the Audi S1s with plain white and carbon fibre bodywork, but images of the roof showing the 2018 air intakes have confirmed that they are the three cars raced by Ekstrom, Bakkerud and Nico Muller last season.