2014 DTM runner up Mattias Ekstrom says his triumph at today's Hockenheim finale is the perfect way to end the year after helping Audi win the manufacturer's crown.

Ekstrom has been instrumental in helping Audi overhaul BMW in this season's manufacturer standings after the former double-champion hit his form from old to win the final two races of the year at Zandvoort and Hockenheim.

The DTM-veteran stole the show late in the race from Jamie Green despite the Brit leading the near entirety of the race. Ekstrom's outgoing champion team mate Mike Rockenfeller also demoted Green late on as the trio scored an emphatic Audi 1-2-3 to perfectly capitalise on BMW's struggles.

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Ekstrom has been strong all season but the Swede struggled to hit the sweet spot in qualifying until his Saturday form finally turned a corner with three-rounds to go at the Lausitzring.

The Abt-driver believes his upturn in qualifying performance has played a part in his renaissance to the top step of the podium. Ekstrom ended a three-year winless streak at Zandvoort two weekends ago.

"My Audi was fantastic again today. Ever since things have been going better in qualifying, the races have been working out as well," said Ekstrom.

"This was a great season finale for Audi, Team Abt Sportsline and also for me in front of a fantastic crowd. You can't wish for a better farewell before the winter break."

Audi's Head of DTM Dieter Gass, delighted with his squad's championship success, also recognised Ekstrom's vital contribution to the 'four ringed' cause.

"I am not only happy with this 1-2-3, but especially with victory for Mattias Ekstr?m," said Gass.

"There was so much talk about the young guns this year, and then this old hand comes up and scores two wins in a row. We are very happy with the manufacturers' title.

"However, as we are well aware that the drivers' title gets some more public awareness, we definitely want that one back again next year, too."