Mattias Ekstrom limited the damage that could have been done with a superb drive to third in the eighth round of the DTM at the Nurburgring, the Swede protecting his championship lead in the process.

Ekstrom started the race from tenth position after complaining of set-up problems on his Abt Sportsline Audi and although he admits things weren't much better in the race, he nonetheless embarked on an afternoon of overtaking to get back into contention.

Coupled to a strong pit strategy, Ekstrom fought his way up to fifth in the latter stages before passing Jamie Green and being allowed to jump team-mate Timo Scheider, the former champion eventually cross the line third.

His fifth straight podium, although a victory for Martin Tomczyk means his advantage his down to five points, Ekstrom was pleased to come through a potentially decisive race with a strong result.

"The start and the first corners were really tough. I overtook Mika H?kkinen, who remained very fair and gave me enough room to pass. Then there were some great fights which I managed to get through without any problems.

"My team had prepared a perfect strategy. The car was decent, but the set-up was not the best. Thanks to our strategy and a number of nice overtaking manoeuvres I was able to move forwards. My thanks to the team!"

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