Audi's Mattias Ekstrom says the challenging conditions during race two at the Hockenheimring meant it was day where the experience of the 'old hands' made all the difference.

The former double champion already arrived into the new season on the crest of a wave after ending 2014 with back-to-back victories at Zandvoort and Hockenheim before finishing second in the championship order.

Although Ekstrom failed to score a point in yesterday's [Saturday] first race, the Swedish veteran excelled amid the torrent of persistent drizzle in the second encounter to maintain Audi's impressive start to the new year.

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Ekstrom's win also marked a milestone for the long time Audi champion as it was his 20th victory in the DTM during a career which has spanned over an incredible 14-year stint.

"Today was fun from the first to the last lap. My Audi RS 5 DTM was perfect. We pitted one lap too late for the tire change but that wasn't so important because my car was so good," said Ekstr?m.

"The conditions were very difficult today - and that's when the experience of the old hands pays off."

Following the opening two races of the new season, Audi emerge as dominant leaders in all three of the championship standings. Edoardo Mortara fronts the early drivers' battle ahead of Ekstrom and race one winner Jamie Green, who are both level on points in a joint second position.

"We had the fastest car both on a dry and a wet track and we clinched two poles and two victories - on Sunday even a one-two," said Audi's head of DTM, Dieter Gass.

"We're the front runners in all three classifications, even heading the drivers' standings with three drivers. You could hardly wish for more."