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Audi “works” driver Mattias Ekström in the spotlight

DTM 2005
Mattias Ekström with his dog Lou
  • The reigning DTM Champion from Sweden
  • Jet-skis and two dogs are his big love
  • Partner Tina Thörner is a successful Rally co-driver

Even if Mattias Ekström, at 27-years of age, still numbers among the youngsters in the DTM, the defending champion knows one thing all to well: “It is more difficult to defend a title than to win one for the first time.” The Swede is finding out every race weekend just how hard that is in arguably the most exciting DTM season ever: Gaps of a thousandth of second in qualifying are followed by equally close races on Sunday. Only a few points separate the title rivals, the lead changes constantly. Ekström’s victory last year was, in contrast, almost like a summer stroll: In Brno, at the penultimate race of the season, Ekström relieved record champion Bernd Schneider of the crown, and presented Audi with the championship during its comeback year as a “works” team in the DTM.

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