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Charge helps Ekstrom maintain advantage.

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 Häkkinen, 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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Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Miguel Molina - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi Sport Phoenix [pic credit: DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt  [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt [pic credit: DTM Media]
Adrian Tambay - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Adrian Tambay - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Adrian Tambay - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Timo Scheider - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Miguel Molina - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]

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