Ni­tiss joins Ek­strom’s WRX team to han­dle third Audi

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Mat­tias Ek­strom’s Audi-backed EKS squad will run a third car in the World Rallycross Cham­pi­onship this year for Lat­vian Rei­nis Ni­tiss.

The for­mer Euro RX Su­per1600 cham­pion will race a third Audi S1 along­side Ek­strom and Finn Toomas Heikki­nen. Ni­tiss made his Su­per­car debut in 2014 and won the third ever World RX event in Nor­way, with the Ols­bergsmse squad.

Last season he joined the Mun­nich Mo­tor­sport team and scored a best fin­ish of fifth in France in its SEAT Ibiza Su­per­car, but split with the Ger­man team af­ter the event and re­turned to an OMSE Ford Fi­esta.

“To­gether with Audi Sport we worked hard to en­ter three cars and I’m very happy that it worked out,” said reign­ing World RX cham­pion Ek­strom. “In Rei­nis, we have an­other strong driver. Although he’s only 21 years old, he has gath­ered a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in rallycross.”

Ni­tiss said: “Switch­ing to the world cham­pion’s team is the dream of any racer. It’s a unique op­por­tu­nity and I’m ex­cep­tion­ally happy.”

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