Friday 30th of June 2017

Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss will score points in the Teams’ Championship this weekend at the World RX of Sweden for the EKS team, standing in for reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom, who is missing the event due to clashing DTM commitments.

Nitiss races an EKS Audi S1 this season as an individual entry, but has moved across to join Finland’s Topi Heikkinen in being nominated to score teams’ points in Sweden. Meanwhile, PG Andersson will race as an individual entry in Ekstrom’s regular car. “From one side it’s a nice feeling, from the other it’s maybe more pressure, but I don’t think about that at the moment. It will be really interesting to see how the team will work without Mattias here because he is so professional; he can come in the meeting room and say ‘ok boys we have that kind of problem and we can solve it like that’. Now I need to focus even more, but challenge in life makes it better for us,” explained Nitiss, who is enjoying driving with Ekstrom’s Audi-backed team.

“Pretty fast I have got into one big family. I knew Mattias and Topi before and I met the boys in the team too and we have a really good friendship now,” he said. “If I thought that I knew a lot about rallycross and that I’m an experienced guy, but when I came here I understood that I really need to work and learn new things and everything now happens in a more professional way than it happened before in my life.”

Nitiss is hoping to continue good speed from the latest event in Norway and wants to produce consistent results through the qualifying sessions in Sweden. “Getting to the final would be perfect, but I think top eight after four qualification races is what I’m aiming for. The season started well in Barcelona and Portugal, but then I had some hard races. In Norway I was made really good starts, I felt that I was calm and really focused. For this race it’s the same, that I’m not expecting too much from myself.”


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