By Tarek Ramchani
Mattias Ekström had a phenomenal DTM race 2 at the Norisring. The Audi ace had a breathtaking battle with the 2012 champion Bruno Spengler for the final spot on the podium.
Fans on site and the thousands of people watching across the world enjoyed one of the greatest Touring Car battles in recent years. Eki with a heavier Audi RS 5 DTM resisted very well to the Bruno Spengler's assaults with a lighter and competitve BMW M4 DTM.
The battle lasted until two laps to go. Mattias Ekström with degraded tires was forced to give up position three to the Canadian driver. Eki crossed the finish line fourth but was delighted with his performance and enjoyed a hard but fair battle with Bruno Spengler.
“The second race was a thriller. The battle for position three was fun. Unfortunately, my tires degraded three or four laps before the end under the high weight. That’s why I couldn’t defend my advantage anymore.”
“I knew my limit, made room for Bruno Spengler, and he managed a good maneuver. He was always very fair to me in the past too, so I let him have this chance. He deserves the trophy.”
“I’m not disappointed by the race result at all, because you have to remember how great our disadvantage was in terms of weight. It’s been one of the best races in my career. The race was impeccable and my team found a good set-up.”
The next race for Mattias Ekström in the DTM will be at Zandvoort next month. A place where Eki always performed very well.