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Zandvoort 2004: Ekstrom strengthens grip on title.

Paffett also made his way up the order, his fourth place finish enough to ensure that he heads to the penultimate round at Brno with a chance of taking the title – albeit a slight one, the gap to Ekstrom now 16 points.

However fifth place was not enough to keep Schneider in the title hunt although he was focusing on his Mercedes teammates afterwards.

"A turbulent race,” he said. “After quite a good qualifying result I had expected more for today. However, it's important that Christijan and Gary still have a theoretical chance of the title."

Behind Schneider, Tom Kristensen and Pirro took sixth and seventh, with Manuel Reuter the top Opel finisher in eighth.

He was disappointed with the result, and also with the regulations that saw the restart decided by the positions two laps earlier, meaning he was eighth for the restart instead of sixth, the position he was in when Dumbreck crashed.

“I'm not satisfied with my result today as a finish in the top five would have been realistic,” he said. “We were competitive. From a sporting point of view it's frustrating that I was in sixth position before the race was stopped, but that I was pushed two places back in the restart due to regulations.”

But the day belonged to Ekstrom, who can now clinch the title in the Czech Republic if results go his way.

“This is a great day for me,” he said. “My car was just perfect, my first start brilliant and I absolutely controlled the race until it was stopped due to the accident. It was a bit harder after the new start. A new start always harbours a new risk, but everything went perfectly.

“I'm very pleased for my team mate Martin Tomczyk as well as our double victory. Today means a major step towards the Championship title, thanks also to Martin, whose second place-finish took valuable points away from those chasing me.

“An advantage of 13 points may be a good cushion, but you can never feel too safe in the DTM.”

Next up Brno in two weeks time.


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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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