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Zandvoort 2004: Ekstrom strengthens grip on title.

Mattias Ekstrom has strengthened his grip on the DTM title with victory in an action packed race at Zandvoort.

The Audi driver clinched his third win of the season as he led home a second straight one-two finish for the team to extend his lead at the top to 13 points with 20 points left to play for.

Martin Tomcyzk played his part, following Ekstrom home in second, with Christijan Albers completing the podium for Mercedes.

Ekstrom had been leading the race, with his title rivals Albers and Gary Paffett running down the order – Paffett having been hit with a drive through penalty - when a huge accident from the Opel of Peter Dumbreck forced the race to be stopped.

Heading out of the final corner, Dumbreck went straight on into the barrier, the Vectra smashing into the tyre wall before rolling to a standstill on the start/finish straight.

With debris all over the track, race officials had little option but to show the red flag and halt the race.

Despite the violent nature of the accident, and the enormous amount of damage done to the car, the Scottish driver escaped without injury.

“The best news of the day is that Peter Dumbreck is well,” Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek said afterwards. “Peter is already back sitting with his racing engineer looking at the data recordings. The cause of the accident was that Peter was too fast and came a bit off his line. The problem was that the car practically got hooked into the stack of tyres and therefore flipped over several times.

“The crash would certainly have been much more serious had there not have been that tyre stack. It says a lot for the high safety standards of the DTM cars that nothing happened to Peter.”

With less than 75% of the race run at the time of the accident, the race became a ten lap sprint, with the cars lining up on the grid as they had been running two laps before Dumbreck went off track.

In front of a record 73,000 crowd, Ekstrom led away at the restart with teammate Tomczyk tucking in behind him. Albers had a great start to pass Paffett, Bernd Schneider and Emanuele Pirro to slot into third but despite harrying Tomczyk throughout the sprint, he was unable to take the place and had to settle for third place.

However he wasn't too downhearted having started down the order.

“It was yet another fantastic home race for me,” he said. “The atmosphere and the amount of fans were even better than last year. It's just great to be supported by the spectators. I'm pleased for the fans that I drove onto the podium despite starting in seventh position.”



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Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt [pic credit: DTM Media]
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11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
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#11 Mattias Ekstrom (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM  (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
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Jamie Green (HWA / AMG Mercedes C-Coupe C-Coupe C-Coupe), Gary Paffett (HWA / AMG Mercedes C-Coupe) and Mattias Ekstrom (ABT Sportsline / Audi A5 DTM) [Pic credit: DTM]
Podium. Valencia [Pic credit: Audi]

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