Following a third place on Saturday and a fourth place on Sunday, Audi driver Mattias Ekström from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline left the Norisring as the leader of the overall DTM standings.
DTM Norisring, Race 2
DTM Norisring, Race 1
Principal performer Ekström

The fans in Nuremberg witnessed two spectacular races in each of which Mattias Ekström, from Audi’s perspective, was the principal performer. On Saturday all cars entered the race on rain tyres after a heavy rain shower shortly before the start. In difficult conditions seasoned campaigner Ekström instantly improved from sixth to second place and went on to battle with BMW driver Maxime Martin throughout the race. In position three Ekström clinched the lead of the standings which he managed to defend with a fourth place on Sunday.

 

Following a hectic early stage with numerous collisions, Sunday’s race was red-flagged due to a severe accident of Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller. After the restart Mattias Ekström initially maintained fourth place before the Swede overtook Marco Wittmann, taking third place. However, Ekström lost the deserved podium place again when Wittmann hit him in the rear in the final turn, from which Mercedes-Benz driver Edoardo Mortara benefited in a spectacular photo finish. Wittmann had already overtaken Ekström off-track with contact at the beginning of the race. The BMW driver received a warning.

Lucky under the circumstances

Mike Rockenfeller was lucky under the circumstances at the Norisring. Halfway through the race his Audi RS 5 DTM was hit at the end of the start-finish straight by the out-of-control Mercedes-Benz of the Briton Gary Paffett. In the heavy collision Rockenfeller sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone on his left foot.  

“We’re happy that nothing more serious happened to Mike (Rockenfeller) and also to Gary (Paffett) in this really horrible-looking accident,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “This proves once again how high the safety standards are in the DTM. It’s been an exciting weekend with two spectacular races, a great crowd on both days and the narrow time gaps which are typical for the Norisring. The fans really got their money’s worth.”

Norisring

The race in numbers

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DTM Norisring