Ekblom WTCC return cheers Björk
Thed Björk has welcomed team-mate Fredrik Ekblom’s return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship for WTCC Race of China.
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Ekblom hasn’t raced a factory Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 since the Moscow rounds in early June. But with Robert Dahlgren and Néstor Girolami – who took turns to drive the second Volvo at the intervening races – contesting clashing events this weekend, Ekblom has been called back from his test driving duties to race at the Shanghai International Circuit.
“Fredrik is so motivated to come back after letting some races go to the other drivers,” said Björk, who raced alongside Ekblom for three seasons in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. “He’s really motivated and it will be good for the team to get him back and to see what he has been learning during testing. It feels like we’re back together again and together we’ll push to do the best we can.”
Unlike Björk, Ekblom has never raced in Shanghai. “I am really excited ahead of the weekend,” said Ekblom. The track seems to be amazing, Thed has been there before and has given me some feedback. I can’t wait to start racing in the WTCC again.”