Ekström Tops the Podium at Spielberg

Ekström Tops the Podium at Spielberg

Ekström Tops the Podium at Spielberg

0 comments 📅27 September 2017, 04:45

Regard for leading the 2017 DTM driver’s championship standings, Audi’s Mattias Ekström hadn’t absolutely won a race this season. That all changed this weekend, with a unexcelled weekend of podium lockouts for Audi in Spielberg, Austria.

Ekström’s first triumph of the season came early in the weekend, on Saturday, when he raced from third for an provocative late-race overtake to earn his 23rd DTM race win.

“The basis for the good competition result today was qualifying, which I was very proud of,” said Ekström. “That hasn’t surely been my greatest strength. Afterwards, everything went perfectly.”

The victory meant that the Swede’s sketchy lead (he started the weekend just a handful of points ahead of the nearest game). Following his strong performance in the weekend’s first race he had a healthy 31 position lead. Still, Ekström wasn’t ready to start planning his driver’s subtitle celebrations.

“Although, at first glance, I have a big advantage now,” he said, “the tables can pivot very quickly again in the DTM.”

The weekend’s second race, on Sunday, was less prospering for Ekström—who finished fifth—but was no less successful for Audi.

The sort locked out the podium on Saturday, and again locked it out on Sunday. Rene Rast, Mike Rockenfeller, and Nico Muller all had a ball on the podium following the aid-to-back Audi podiums and all improved their lot in the championship.

Following the weekend’s racing, Ekström holds on to his championship bring with 172 points, while Rene Rast is hot on his heels with 151 points. Audi’s Jamie Verdant is in third place in the title race with 137 points. He’s followed by another Audi driver, Mike Rockenfeller, who is lastly followed by the non-Audi of Marco Wittman. Needless to say, Audi leads both  the tandem join up and constructor’s championships as well.

Though the season is anything but through, things are looking acceptable for Audi and Ekstrom, since this weekend was the penultimate round of the 2017 condition. Only one weekend of racing remains at the Hockenheimring, back in Germany, where the opportunity ripe will wrap up on the weekend of October 13.

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