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Mattias Ekström
Mattias Ekstrom
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Date of Birth 14/07/1978
Date of Death Unknown
Début Hockenheim 2001
Championships 2 (2004, 2007)
2014 Position 2nd (100 pts)
Wins 21
First Win Norisring 2002
Previous Teams Unknown
DTM Career
Total Entries 161 (161 Starts)
Pole Positions 20
Fastest Laps 11
Total Points

936

Current Season
Team Abt Sportsline
Car Audi RS5 DTM
Number Standings Points
5 3rd 147
EKS 15 Livery
Mattias Ekström, is a Swedish racing driver and DTM legend, having taken two Championship titles in 2004 and 2007.[1] Ekström competes in the 2015 DTM Championship with Abt Sportsline, and won one of the two races at the season opener in Hockenheim.

Current SeasonEdit

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.[2] At the DTM Festival at the start of the season, Ekström claimed victory in the second race, his twentieth career win in the DTM.

BackgroundEdit

Ekström's career began in karting at the age of 15, until getting a chance in the Renault 5 Sweden Championship in 1995.[2] He finished runner-up, before taking the title the following year, with the Swedish Touring Car Championship calling in 1997.[2] Four years in the STCC saw Ekström take the title in 1999, a season in which he also dabbled in the World Rally Championship.[2] In 2001, Ekström was approached by Audi and Abt Sportsline becoming part of their Junior Driver Programme.[1]

DTM HistoryEdit

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.[1] At the Lausitzring, Ekström took his first podium, ultimately finishing 8th in the Championship.[1] He returned in 2002, claiming his first win in the qualifying race at the Norisring.[1] 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.[1]

Audi's ChampionEdit

2003 saw five podiums for Ekström, although he failed to win a race, with the qualifying races disappearing.[1] 46 points was his final tally, and fourth overall, Ekström was the best placed Audi runner as the DTM waved goodbye to the TT.[1] 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.[1]

Three wins in 2005, including at the Lausitzring and Brno where he won in 2004, saw Ekström as a title challenger throughout the year.[1] 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.[1] 2006 was a disappointing season for Ekström, with only one win at Brands Hatch, falling to eighth in the championship.[1]

Swedish StalwartEdit

Ekström claimed his second title in 2007 despite only winning the season opener in Hockenheim, while Martin Tomczyk took two.[1] It was his consistent podium finishes that secured the crown, including five in a row over the middle of the season.[1] In contrast, Ekström won three times in 2008 but missed out on the title, having been unable to repeat his podium run.[1]

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.[1] 2010 saw the Swede return to the top step in Valencia, repeating his fifth place from the year before.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] Similarly, 2012 saw a poor season, with only four podiums for him over the two seasons.[1] Yet, in 2014, Ekström finally got to grips with the RS5.[1]

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.[1] 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.

DTM EntriesEdit

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
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2001 Flag of Germany Team Abt Sportsline Junior 23 Audi TT-R DTM 2001 8th 38
2002 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 9 Abt-Audi TT-R 3rd 50
2003 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 5 Abt-Audi TT-R 2003 4th 46
2004 Flag of Germany Team Abt Sportsline 5 Audi A4 DTM 2004 1st 74
2005 Flag of Germany Team Abt Sportsline 1 Audi A4 DTM 2005 2nd 71
2006 Flag of Germany Team Abt Sportsline 5 Audi A4 DTM 2006 8th 21
2007 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 3 Audi A4 DTM 2007 1st 50
2008 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 1 Audi A4 DTM 2008 3rd 56
2009 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 5 Audi A4 DTM 2009 5th 41
2010 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 5 Audi A4 DTM 2009 5th 35
2011 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 8 Audi A4 DTM 2009 2nd 52
2012 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 3 Audi A5 DTM 6th 81
2013 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 11 Audi RS5 DTM 7th 68
2014 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 7 Audi RS5 DTM 2nd 106
2015 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 5 Audi RS5 DTM 3rd 147
2016 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 5 Audi RS5 DTM

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Mattias Ekström's full DTM record.

DTM Championship Record
Year Rounds Pts. Pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
2001 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 38 8th
17th DNS 10th 9th 6th 7th 2nd 5th 11th 9th Ret 3rd 6th 14th Ret 11th 2nd Ret 6th 6th
2002 Flag of Germany Flag of Belgium Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 50 3rd
3rd 2nd 4th 4th 9th 3rd 14th 7th 1st 3rd 4th 2nd 16th 10th 1st 11th 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd
2003 Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 46 4th
8th 2nd 7th 3rd Ret 3rd 4th 5th 3rd 2nd
2004 Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of China Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Germany 74 1st
3rd 2nd 1st 1st 4th 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 1st 6th
2005 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Turkey Flag of Germany 71 2nd
5th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 12th 7th
2006 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of Germany 21 8th
Ret DSQ 7th 1st 6th 8th 13th 4th Ret 12th
2007 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 50 1st
1st 7th 10th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 3rd
2008 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of Germany 56 3rd
1st 8th 6th 3rd 4th 1st 6th 3rd DSQ 1st 7th
2009 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of Germany 41 5th
7th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 5th 6th 9th Ret
2010 Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of China 35 5th
6th 1st Ret 2nd 7th 4th Ret 3rd Ret 8th 9th
2011 Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 52 2nd
2nd 8th Ret 11th 7th 6th 1st 2nd 1st 1st 6th
2012 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany Flag of Spain Flag of Germany 81 6th
3rd 5th 5th 4th Ret 1st 11th 3rd 8th 3rd Ret
2013 Flag of Germany Flag of Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 68 7th
Ret 7th 5th 8th DSQ 2nd 13th 7th 4th 4th
2014 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Germany 106 2nd
2nd 13th 9th 3rd 3rd 7th Ret Ret 1st 1st
2015 Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Austria Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of Germany 147 3rd
12th 1st 3rd 2nd 17th 4th 13th 7th 5th 1st Ret 3rd 14th 11th 10th 11th 9th 2nd
Results Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Second DSQ Disqualified
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

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  2. 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)

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