Team Abt's Mattias Ekstrom says he was glad to keep out of trouble and score valuable championship points in seventh during a 'wild' second and final DTM race at Zandvoort.

Today's [Sunday] race proved to be a particularly bruising affair with a number of incidents breaking out within the midfield contingent after the field bottle-necked behind the long running Mercedes of Lucas Auer.

Ekstrom, who started from 16th, had to pick his way directly through the carnage but was crucially able to make his race strategy work, which allowed the former double champion to gain decent ground.

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An electrical problem in the mornings warm up session left Ekstrom unprepared for the second qualifying and subsequently out of position on the grid.

"It was a pretty solid race," Ekstrom told crash.net. "I didn't take many risks as I just wanted to keep the car in one piece in the hope of bringing some point's home in the end.

"I was quite happy to join the pack and I have to say it was pretty action packed; some of the guys were pretty wild. I just tried to stay out of trouble and in the end that was the name of the game to score points.

"Today we weren't properly sorted for qualifying. It felt quite OK but it was just too slow. Then in the race we had OK pace so I can't really complain."

By the end of the race Ekstrom found himself embroiled in combat with the Mercedes of Pascal Wehrlein, who, after scoring points in sixth, drew level with the Swedish driver - six points behind leader Jamie Green.

When behind the Mercedes C63 of Wehrlein, Ekstrom concluded making a brash move for sixth wasn't worth the risk of deviating from a clear title plan.

"I think I could have attacked Wehrlien for sure towards the end there but on the other side you also need to see what you're risking," the Audi driver continued.

"It was quite a big risk to only gain two championship points and that also puts more performance weight on the car.

"I think I'm already going to be the heaviest on the grid in Spielberg. You have to be a little bit smart if you want to win the title so you only take risks when you can see the reward.

"Jamie [Green] had the chance yesterday to score and had some problems. Pascal [Wehrlein] also only scored one point yesterday and was sixth today, so now we're both even. Championship race is definitely up for grabs, still a lot of action to go."