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Audi driver Mattias Ekström on the podium

Mattias Ekström at Donington

Six races of the 2003 DTM season have taken place so far, on five occasions the Audi drivers have placed in the top three. At Donington, at the British DTM round, Mattias Ekström stepped on the winner’s podium for the third time. The Swede started the race from third place, but then lost two places during a bumpy start. “I did not have a good start. Thanks to the brilliant work of my crew, I was able to get my third place back,” explained Ekström. The Abt-Audi mechanics brought him ahead of the two cars in front of him with fast pit stops. In the final stretch of the race, the 25-year-old compensated for a 10-second lead that Bernd Schneider (Mercedes), who finished second, had on him, but in the end was unable to pass him. “It was such a shame, as soon as I was close enough for an attack they waved the checkered flag,” recalled Ekström. With 23 points Ekström is on the sixth place overall, the best among his Audi teammates.

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