Ekström shines again in comeback drive

During the successful maiden Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring and the stunning backdrop of 67,500 spectators, Ekström remained true to his motto “Go hard or go home”. In his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM, Ekström made up two places immediately at the start, and later prevailed in a brand internal duel with Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM/Audi Sport Team Rosberg) and, as in Spielberg, delayed his tire change as long as possible. Ekström only entered the pits on the 31st of 46 laps and with his fresher tires took second place from the Canadian Robert Wickens in a Mercedes-Benz just before the end of the race.

“This is what racing is all about,” said a delighted Ekström after crossing the finish line. “My car was good in qualifying, but it was only enough for ninth on the grid. However, in the longer races on Sunday you can achieve a great deal with experience, strategy as well as the necessary pace. This was the case today.”

Jamie Green produced yet another strong performance: the Briton won an exciting duel with his countryman Gary Paffett in a Mercedes-Benz and only missed the podium by 0.348 seconds after finishing fourth. The Audi driver recorded a 1m 17.840s to set a new lap record.

Nico Müller in the Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM finished eighth on Sunday at the Lausitzring to ensure that three Audi drivers scored points and that Audi made up 65 points on BMW in the manufacturers’ classification. In the drivers’ classification with Ekström (46 points), Green (45 points) and Edoardo Mortara (44 points), three Audi drivers are now ranked in the top five.