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Audi driver Ekström retakes DTM lead

DTM 2005
Mattias Ekström in front of Gary Paffett and Tom Kristensen
  • Mattias Ekström wins at EuroSpeedway
  • Third victory of the season for Audi in the DTM
  • Tom Kristensen secures third place in the standings

By claiming victory after a tough fight at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Audi works driver Mattias Ekström recaptured the lead in the DTM. Prior to the final two races, the Swede from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline is now again ranking one point ahead of Mercedes driver Gary Paffett, with whom he fought a thrilling duel for victory. Ekström showed strong nerves yet again: from the fourth of 48 laps onwards, the two title contenders were driving around the circuit bumper to bumper. Thanks to a perfect strategy, quick pit stops and absolutely faultless driving, Ekström managed to stay in front of the Brit throughout the race to secure Audi’s third victory of the season. In the manufacturers’ standings, Audi further expanded its advantage over Mercedes-Benz.

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