|Date of Birth||14/07/1978|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Championships||2 (2004, 2007)|
|2014 Position||2nd (100 pts)|
|First Win||Norisring 2002|
|Total Entries||161 (161 Starts)|
|Car||Audi RS5 DTM|
Ekström opted to use the #5 on his Audi RS5 DTM, with Red Bull sponsorship making it one of the more distinctive cars on the grid. At the DTM Festival at the start of the season, Ekström claimed victory in the second race, his twentieth career win in the DTM.
Ekström's career began in karting at the age of 15, until getting a chance in the Renault 5 Sweden Championship in 1995. He finished runner-up, before taking the title the following year, with the Swedish Touring Car Championship calling in 1997. Four years in the STCC saw Ekström take the title in 1999, a season in which he also dabbled in the World Rally Championship. In 2001, Ekström was approached by Audi and Abt Sportsline becoming part of their Junior Driver Programme.
Equipped with an Abt-Audi TT-R for the 2001 DTM Season, Ekström took seventeenth in the qualifying race, before failing to start the race proper. At the Lausitzring, Ekström took his first podium, ultimately finishing 8th in the Championship. He returned in 2002, claiming his first win in the qualifying race at the Norisring. He took his first full win later in the season, winning the race at Zandvoort, with a strong string of results granting him third overall.
2003 saw five podiums for Ekström, although he failed to win a race, with the qualifying races disappearing. 46 points was his final tally, and fourth overall, Ekström was the best placed Audi runner as the DTM waved goodbye to the TT. Yet, armed with the Audi A4 DTM in 2004, Ekström dominated the season, taking victory at Adria (Italy), Lausitzring, Zandvoort and Brno en-route to the title.
Three wins in 2005, including at the Lausitzring and Brno where he won in 2004, saw Ekström as a title challenger throughout the year. However, he missed out to Gary Paffett by thirteen points at the season finale, but was Audi's best placed driver for the third year in a row. 2006 was a disappointing season for Ekström, with only one win at Brands Hatch, falling to eighth in the championship.
Ekström claimed his second title in 2007 despite only winning the season opener in Hockenheim, while Martin Tomczyk took two. It was his consistent podium finishes that secured the crown, including five in a row over the middle of the season. In contrast, Ekström won three times in 2008 but missed out on the title, having been unable to repeat his podium run.
In 2009 Ekström failed to win a race for the first time since 2003, with five podiums on his way to fifth in the Championship. 2010 saw the Swede return to the top step in Valencia, repeating his fifth place from the year before. His final year with the A4 saw him take three wins in 2011, finishing runner-up to Tomczyk, despite winning the same number of races.
The Next GenerationEdit
Audi's release of the Audi RS5 DTM to replace the A4 did not go well for Ekström, as he failed to win a race. Similarly, 2012 saw a poor season, with only four podiums for him over the two seasons. Yet, in 2014, Ekström finally got to grips with the RS5.
Two wins at the end of the season, gave Ekström second in the championship, but his retirements from the previous two caused him to miss out on the title to Marco Wittmann. This new relationship with the RS5 was proved at the start of 2015, with Ekström taking his 20th career victory at the Hockenheim.
Full DTM RecordEdit
Ekström's full results from his 161 starts in the DTM are outlined in a series of tables below.
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Green during his DTM career:
|Mattias Ekström's Overall DTM Record|
|2001||Team Abt Sportsline Junior||23||Audi TT-R DTM 2001||8th||38|
|2002||Abt Sportsline||9||Abt-Audi TT-R||3rd||50|
|2003||Abt Sportsline||5||Abt-Audi TT-R 2003||4th||46|
|2004||Team Abt Sportsline||5||Audi A4 DTM 2004||1st||74|
|2005||Team Abt Sportsline||1||Audi A4 DTM 2005||2nd||71|
|2006||Team Abt Sportsline||5||Audi A4 DTM 2006||8th||21|
|2007||Abt Sportsline||3||Audi A4 DTM 2007||1st||50|
|2008||Abt Sportsline||1||Audi A4 DTM 2008||3rd||56|
|2009||Abt Sportsline||5||Audi A4 DTM 2009||5th||41|
|2010||Abt Sportsline||5||Audi A4 DTM 2009||5th||35|
|2011||Abt Sportsline||8||Audi A4 DTM 2009||2nd||52|
|2012||Abt Sportsline||3||Audi A5 DTM||6th||81|
|2013||Abt Sportsline||11||Audi RS5 DTM||7th||68|
|2014||Abt Sportsline||7||Audi RS5 DTM||2nd||106|
|2015||Abt Sportsline||5||Audi RS5 DTM||3rd||147|
|2016||Abt Sportsline||5||Audi RS5 DTM|
Below is a table showing Mattias Ekström's full DTM record.
|DTM Championship Record|
|3rd||Third||DNS||Did Not Start|
|7th||Points Scorer||NC||Not Classified|
|Italics||Qualifying Race||C||Race Cancelled|
|16th||Non-points finish||†||Non-Championship Race|
Videos and Images:
- Stefan Brending, '2014 DTM HockenheimringII Mattias Ekstroem', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 18/10/2014), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattias_Ekstr%C3%B6m#/media/File:2014_DTM_HockenheimringII_Mattias_Ekstroem_by_2eight_8SC3364.jpg, (Accessed 17/05/2015)
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 'Mattias Ekström', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 06/05/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattias_Ekstr%C3%B6m, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Mattias Ekström', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/driver/mattias-ekstroem?language=en-gb, (Accessed 09/05/2015)