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Christian Abt excels in last year’s Audi
- Fourth place in DTM season opener at Hockenheim
- Title defender Mattias Ekström in fifth place
- 116,000 spectators create an impressive backdrop
In front of an impressive backdrop of spectators (116,000 over the entire weekend), Christian Abt proved the quality of a “used” Audi in the DTM season opener at Hockenheim: in his first DTM race for Audi Sport Team Joest, Abt – after a starting collision, in which he was not at fault, that sent him into a spin – fought his way up from 16th to fourth place, just missing a podium position with the champion’s car from last year. Title defender Mattias Ekström, who had started the race from pole position with the new A4 DTM, was fighting a thrilling duel with Gary Paffett for several laps. The lead alternated between these two several times before Ekström – following his first pit stop – lost a lot of time behind slower cars to ultimately finish the race in fifth place.