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Portrait: Audi driver Mattias Ekström, DTM Champion 2004
"When the young guns appear on the scene, the old foxes will have to watch out.“ For this announcement during the official DTM presentation in Hamburg last spring Mattias Ekström received both applause and lots of smiling faces. Meanwhile the smiles have disappeared – at least from the faces of his competitors: By winning the race at Brno in the Czech Republic, the Audi works driver clinched the title in Europe’s most popular touring car series as early as one round before the season’s finale. The 26-year old Swede succeeds record champion Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz), while claiming the title for Audi right in the first year of the brand’s DTM comeback as a manufacturer.