In a highly entertaining race on Sunday during the DTM Festival at Hockenheim, the experienced Swede pulled clear from all his rivals with his Audi RS 5 and claimed his 20th race win in the 145th DTM race of his career. Fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara finished second after a controlled race, just ahead of Gary Paffett. The Brit drove a splendid race with his Mercedes-AMG C 63 to finish third, although he had started from the penultimate starting grid position.
“I had fun from lights to flag,” race winner Ekström said with a smile from ear to ear. “Driving in the rain is highly demanding. In conditions like these, experience certainly helps and after all, I am the oldest driver in the entire field.” Right after the start, still in dry conditions, the 36-year-old made it clear that he can be one of the real hot candidates for the title this season.
After two of 18 races, Audi driver Mortara is leading the drivers’ standings with 30 points. His victory allowed Ekström to move up into second place, equal on points with Green, the winner of the opening race. They both have 25 points as the Brit didn’t score any points on Sunday.
The second DTM race weekend of the 2015 DTM season is scheduled at Lausitzring, May 29-31.