2004 DTM Champion Mattias Ekstrom suffered his second retirement in as many races this season as his Team Abt Sportsline machine ran out of fuel with just two laps remaining at Lausitz.

Ekstrom was enjoying a strong run, holding second place for a large proportion of the race after profiting from pole-sitter Jamie Green's poor start and tucking up behind early race leader Mika Hakkinen.

As Hakkinen suffered from a slow pit stop due to a stuck wheel nut, Ekstrom was able to pass the Finn and settle in behind eventual winner Bernd Schneider, however a faulty refuelling rig meant the Swede couldn't take sufficient fuel on his second stop.

"My race was going well for a long time," said Ekstrom, "at some stage I wasn't quite as fast as Mika H?kkinen and Bernd Schneider, but we had opted for another strategy. It
was very close.

"We were able to overtake H?kkinen in the pits but lost a place to Schneider," continued the Swede, "I could have finished as the runner-up but, unfortunately, retired due to lack of fuel. Scoring no points in two races now makes it very difficult for me in the Championship."


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