Monday, July 5, 2010
- Mattias Ekström clinches second place for Audi
- Five Audi A4 DTM cars in the points
- Best Norisring result since 2005
Ingolstadt/Nürnberg, July 4, 2010 - Audi showed a strong performance at its "home round" in the DTM: in front of 132,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) at the Norisring Mattias Ekström pushed forward from grid position five to second place and in the end missed victory by merely 0.591 seconds. With five Audi A4 DTM cars in the points Audi achieved its best Norisring showing of all since 2005.
Mattias Ekström’s race was particularly impressive. The Swede initially pushed past the leader of the standings, Bruno Spengler, with consistently fast lap times. Ekström then managed to make up almost five seconds which he had lost in the early phase behind Spengler. Shortly before the end of the race the Audi driver closed the gap to race leader Jamie Green. The Swede, however, had no chance any more to overtake the Mercedes of the Briton on the final laps. "Jamie simply didn’t make the slightest mistake," commented Ekström. "My car was perfect today. Of course it’s a shame that I wasn’t able to bring home the victory which the Audi fans and the team had been hoping for because we were competitive enough today. But there will be tracks at which we’ll strike back."
Mike Rockenfeller and Katherine Legge occupied positions twelve and 16. Miguel Molina and Markus Winkelhock retired after collisions and contacts with the wall.
The DTM will be continued on August 8 at the Nürburgring where Audi celebrated a commanding one-two-three-four win last year. Mattias Ekström as the best Audi driver is ranking eleven points behind the leader of standings, Bruno Spengler, in third place.