​Audi driver Ekström wins at Spielberg

52,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) watched two spectacular DTM races in highly different conditions. After perfect weather on Saturday, heavy rain on Sunday made for difficult conditions and numerous slips, with Mattias Ekström once more proving his class. The Swede in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM secured the top spot on the grid, led the race from the first to the final lap and drove the fastest race lap as well.

“The conditions were extreme and that’s why the race was pretty exciting because it would have been easy to make a mistake,” the Swede said following the 21st victory in his DTM career with which he took the lead of the drivers’ standings as well. “I had to give everything because Gary (Paffett) came closer and closer towards the end. My aim was to finally mount the podium at the Red Bull Ring. That it became the top step right away is obviously twice as sweet.”

Following his victory on Saturday, Edoardo Mortara in the Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM achieved another podium result on Sunday. The Italian started from position six and advanced to third place. In the drivers’ standings, the Italian is now trailing Mattias Ekström in second place.

Drivers from Audi Sport Teams Phoenix and Rosberg – Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM) and Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM) – finished in the top five as well. Rockenfeller started from the front row, but first had to yield to Gary Paffett and subsequently to Edoardo Mortara. Müller recovered from grid position eleven to fifth place and, just like Rockenfeller, achieved his best result of the season.