​Audi motorist Ekström: “The DTM is fun again”

You’re heading a World RX and mounted a lectern for a initial time this year in a DTM final Sunday. Are we happy with a start of a new season?
Mattias Ekström: “Starting a new rallyross deteriorate with 3 victories in a initial 3 races was simply incredible, a dream! In a DTM, we had good races on a initial dual weekends, though bad subordinate sessions. That’s since I’m not where I’d like to be in a standings. But most some-more importantly, a DTM is on a right lane and fun again – for us drivers as good as for a fans.”

What’s so good about a “new” DTM?
“Finally, some things have been put into movement that had usually been talked about for years. A lot has happened in winter and a outcome is good. All a changes that have been done immediately panned out good on a initial dual weekends. The DTM has always been rarely competitive, though a races were mostly reduction exciting, generally on Saturday. Now, we’re saying copiousness of overtaking maneuvers and we can allege to a distant front even from positions on a back of a grid. At Hockenheim and during a Lausitzring we saw illusory overtaking maneuvers. That’s good for a fans, though for us drivers, too.”

On Saturday during a Lausitzring, we even upheld dual BMW cars in one go and on Sunday, in office of second place, overtook Mercedes motorist Robert Wickens on a outside. The fans in a grandstands went wild…
“This is a kind of movement a fans would like to see. we immediately posted videos of a dual overtaking maneuvers on amicable media and got lots of likes and comments. In rallycross, we’re constantly battling hard. In a DTM, we haven’t seen such a vast series of overtaking maneuvers and as most movement as this year in a prolonged time – and it’s all been fair. When we pass on a outward we have to be means to rest on your competition personification along. That was a box with Robert (Wickens) on Sunday and with Augusto (Farfus) and Marco (Wittmann) on Saturday, too. I’ve always pronounced that carrying fewer drivers this year is indeed good since it raises a turn of quality.”

Do we also have a feeling that a fans are responding agreeably to a “new” DTM?
“The atmosphere during Hockenheim and during a Lausitzring was really positive. You can feel a upbeat suggestion – not slightest interjection to a new boss, Gerhard Berger, during a helm. The DTM has always been committed to being in tighten hold with a fans, though was stealing a cars from a spectators. That has altered now. Things like a Pit View are great. Our mechanics are not used to being watched during work that way, though for a fans it’s fantastic. They finally get to see a fascinating record of a DTM car. I’d contend a instruction is right and we wouldn’t mind saying some-more of it.”