Audi's Mattias Ekstrom is refusing to get carried away over his recently extended DTM championship lead after winning the opening Austrian race at the Red Bull Ring.

The former two-time champion recorded his first DTM victory since the Hungaroring last season after denying his Audi team mate Jamie Green the win with just a handful of laps to go.

Having qualified second for race two at Moscow back towards the end of July, Ekstrom has struggled to recapture that element of his one-lap performance. However, Ekstrom managed to rectify that by qualifying in third for today's [Saturday] opener and duly reaped the benefits from starting at the sharp end.

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As a result, Ekstrom now leads the title by 18-points over his Audi stablemate Green as the Swedish veteran looks to clinch his first DTM title in a decade.

“The basis for the good race result today was qualifying, which I was very proud of,” said Ekstrom.

"That hasn’t really been my greatest strength. From position three on the grid behind two Audi colleagues, the main thing was to stay in front of Marco Wittmann at the start. Fortunately, I managed to do that.

"Afterwards, everything went perfectly. Although, at first glance, I have a big advantage now, the tables can turn very quickly again in the DTM."