The 2016 World RX champion is contesting chosen occasions in preparation for his 2021 programme with the ABT Cupra group within the new Excessive E collection, and drove within the Dakar Rally final month.
He’ll compete within the second spherical of the 2021 WRC with a automobile run by Ekstrom’s co-owned EKS JC squad, and can be co-driven by former FIA Junior WRC champion Emil Bergkvist, who additionally navigated for Ekstrom within the Dakar rally.
The Swede is not any stranger to rallying, having made his WRC debut in a Group N Mitsubishi in 1999 on the Swedish Rally.
He received the Group N class in Sweden and on Rally Catalunya in 2004, and made chosen top-flight appearances within the top-tier WRC class with a works-run Skoda Fabia in 2005 and 2006.
“Rally has been a life-long ardour of mine and going to the Arctic Rally Finland is a bucket-list dream, that I lastly get to tick off,” mentioned Ekstrom.
“For 2021 I’ve dedicated to the Excessive E collection, that requires very numerous set of data and expertise of driving on varied surfaces. The WRC occasion at Arctic Rally Finland is an ideal occasion for me to remain sharp, to drive lots of of kilometers on ice and snow and likewise to resume my ardour for rallying.”
Whereas the Rovaniemi occasion will present a completely completely different problem to the Dakar, Ekstrom is setting his sights excessive.
“For certain will probably be nice enjoyable, however anybody, who is aware of me, is aware of that I prefer to win and I plan to place up a battle towards the category regulars, though I do know, they’ve spent a lot extra time in rallying. We are going to do a few days testing earlier than the rally,” he mentioned.
Former Rally Finland winner, Esapekka Lappi, who has been left with out a drive within the WRC’s headline class this yr, can even compete on the Arctic Rally Finland, driving a Volkswagen Polo R5. The Finn drove for M-Sport within the WRC final season.