Ekstrom Takes DTM Lead for Audi

Ekstrom Takes DTM Lead for Audi

Ekstrom Takes DTM Lead for Audi

0 comments 📅04 July 2017, 17:45

It was an superior weekend for Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom, who had conflict in his racing schedule this weekend. The two series he races in, both of which he has a guess at the lead in, were racing in different parts of the world.

To make matters worse, the FIA Mankind Rallycross Championship race was in his homeland, Sweden. Audi decided, though, that this weekend’s DTM flume at the Norisring, in Germany, was too important to miss. So Ekstrom headed to Nuremberg and climbed in his RS5 DTM to if things go well improve on his fourth place in the drivers’ standings. And boy did he.

Although he didn’t win either of the weekend’s races, the DTM seasoned had one of the most consistent races in the pack, finishing third on Saturday’s raceway and fourth on Sunday’s.

But for a last minute, very rallycross-like emigrate from Marco Wittman, who cut the race’s final corner and hit Ekstrom from behind, allowing old Audi driver Edoardo Mortara to slip ahead, Ekstrom would secure gotten third place in both races.

Still, despite not getting all the points he parhaps right, Ekstrom did enough to climb from his weekend-entering fourth place disposal all the way to first in the driver standings.

Audi’s other drivers, meanwhile, had more hardship this weekend. With accidents and bad luck plaguing the team, Ekstrom was surrounded by BMWs and Mercedeses at the end of both races.

The contest ended dramatically for Mike Rockenfeller on Sunday. An out of control BMW took Gary Paffett for a journey across the track and both would eventually hit Audi’s Rockenfeller, causing a theatrical accident. Fortunately for all involved, the serious accident led to only a broken bone in Rockenfeller’s foot and bruising for Paffett.

“We’re cheery that nothing more serious happened to Mike (Rockenfeller) and also to Gary (Paffett) in this in effect horrible-looking accident,” said Dieter Gass, Head of Audi Motorsport.

Unfortunately for Ekstrom, his series rivals in the Cosmos Rallycross Championships were also productive this weekend in Holjes, Sweden, be that as it may not terminally so. Series leader Johann Kristoffersson won the final race extending his command to 31 points, but second place Petter Solberg (both VW drivers) didn’t control as many point, and so only leads Ekstrom, still in third place, by seven points.

DTM is is next headed to Moscow, while WRX desire be in Canada in a month for its next round. Ekstrom will have to work hardened to maintain his position in both.

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