DTM legend Mattias Ekstrom has branded his victory at Zandvoort as extra special given the length in time since his and Team Abt's last victory in the series.

Ekstrom and his Abt Sportsline squad ended a three-year winless streak at Zandvoort on Sunday after snatching the win from BMW's Marco Wittmann's hands in the final quarter of race.

Despite their ultra-successful partnership in the DTM and brushing Norisring 2013 aside, Ekstrom and Abt hadn't won a race since Valencia 2011. The Swede's fourth-victory around the Zandvoort circuit was also Audi's first of 2014.

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The former-double champion started on the standard tyre before the race gradually veered into his direction when no less than three separate safety car periods neutralised the race in his favour after changing onto the gripper soft tyre.

"A victory is always very special," said Ekstr?m. "But this victory is also a very special one because the last one was such a long time ago - for me, as well as for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

"We had to wait for it for a long time, so now our joy of taking home the biggest trophy is even greater. We had a lot of misfortune in recent months.

"Today, we had the necessary fortune. It was important that I didn't lose too much time in the beginning on standard tyres. Afterwards, the safety cars played into our hands - and my car was very fast today."

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ulrich admitted their first victory of the 2014 campaign was 'long overdue' but was pleased that their RS5 machine proved to be the class of the field at Zandvoort.

"This victory was more than overdue and is good for the whole squad who worked very hard for it," said Ulrich.

"It was a pretty crazy race in which a certain amount of fortune was necessary. But the Audi RS 5 DTM was simply the strongest car at Zandvoort. That was really obvious here."