|Date of Birth||14 July, 1978|
|Team||ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport|
|World RX wins||12|
|World RX podiums||27|
2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion and a double DTM title-winner, Audi stalwart Mattias Ekström grew up with rallycross and spent a large part of his youth in paddocks watching his father Bengt race in the European Championship.
Ekström began competing himself in karting at the age of 14, subsequently graduating to cars in the Renault 5 Turbo Cup – which he won in 1996 – and Swedish Touring Car Championship, clinching the crown in 1999 in a Kristoffersson Motorsport Audi A4 quattro.
In 2001, he joined the DTM, which he would contest until 2018, lifting the laurels in both 2004 and 2007 and placing inside the overall top three on seven further occasions. One of the most versatile drivers in the sport, the Swede is also a three-time winner of the Race of Champions – twice defeating multiple Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher to the trophy – and has made a number of appearances in the FIA World Rally Championship as well as tackling the legendary Bathurst 1000 race in Australia.
In 2010, Ekström became the first Scandinavian driver to participate in North America’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, leading seven laps. He subsequently followed in his father’s footsteps by making his rallycross debut in 2013, finishing second in the Swedish round of Euro RX.
He turned his attentions to the World Championship in 2014 with the creation of his own EKS RX team. Immediately competitive behind the wheel of an Audi S1, he triumphed for the first time on home soil at Höljes before a more comprehensive campaign at the highest level in 2015 yielded another victory and two further podium finishes.
Four wins the following year saw Ekström sweep to the coveted Drivers’ crown, as Finnish team-mate Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen contributed to EKS’ successful acquisition of the Teams’ title.
Rewarded with factory backing from Audi Sport for his championship defence in 2017, Ekström raced to four more victories in his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro en route to the runner-up spot in the overall classification, which he replicated the following year despite no further triumphs.
Following Audi’s withdrawal as an official manufacturer at the end of 2018, the Falun native made just a single appearance in 2019 – as a ‘wildcard’ entry at Spa-Francorchamps – before returning to the fray in 2020 with KYB Team JC, winning twice and adding another three rostrum results to his tally as he placed second in the Drivers’ table once again.
In 2021, Ekström joined ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport for a one-off outing in Riga, only narrowly missing out on the podium on the second day of the double-header event.