Ekström scores his first victory in a key moment


The DTM has said farewell to the system of ballasts and compensation figure Audi has emerged at the Red Bull Ring. For the moment, the first of the four battles that decided the title in the DTM has been by K. O., and points to the signature of Ingolstadt. However, Mattias Ekström achieved his first triumph of the season in a very important moment, because the triplet harvested by Audi on the podium shoots the advantage of the Swedish to the front of the classification of the event. Jamie Green and Nico Müller have been the two riders who have completed the podium.

Jamie Green was asserting its pole position in the output without any major problems, the whole time Nico Müller and Mattias Ekström did not exercise excessive pressure. Robert Wickens, a stranger to the covenants of companions, put his Mercedes in fourth place after overtaking Marco Wittmann. A remarkable output of Wickens that allowed him to roam the posts of Rockenfeller and Rast. Behind, the duels of Gary Paffett and Tom Blomqvist and Lucas Aueri and Augusto Farfus scored the first laps, but in the ardor of the battle the brazilian went off the track and Farfus had to go through boxes.

The different battles within the group allowed the three Audi drivers who opened the race put land of by means. René Rast was launched to the attack to move forward to Marco Wittmann with little success, while Lucas Auer beat Paul Di Resta. At this point, the race already had a light colored Audi, to such an extent that Mattias Ekström had a comfortable second position after watching as Nico Müller let him pass in the early laps of the race. All in all, the step-by-pit-left an interesting tangle of ‘undercut’ and ‘overcut’ with cold tires, which many times was a synonym of disaster.


In one of these attempts of overtaking frustrated, René Rast was played with Wickens. The canadian suffered damages in one of its tires, while Rast and ruining your options of adding a good result. Marco Wittmann who had stopped before it was the winner of this duel, since it outperforms the Audi driver and threw herself on the hunt for the canadian. However, an error of the current champion of the DTM where Maxime Martin and René Rast had a touch left out of juice at the Audi driver, who suffered a spin and fell to the back of the pack.

The final stretch of the race has had two games very different. Mattias Ekström was taken up with the lead after overtaking Jamie Green in a strategy team, while Nico Müller claimed with comfort its third position. For its part, the struggle for the fourth position was less ‘gallant’. However, Robert Wickens managed to retain the fourth place ahead of Marco Wittmann at the time of the truth could not pull the car to beat a Mercedes driver. As a spectator of luxury, Maxime Martin crossed the finish line in the sixth position with the third of the BMW M4 DTM.

Mike Rockenfeller, Lucas Auer, Edo Mortara and Timo Glock completing the Top 10, rushing in all cases, your options are to fight for the title in the DTM. However, this battle has been clarified to a great extent any time that Mattias Ekström is now 162 points, or what is the same, 28 units more than Jamie Green. Lucas Auer with his eighth position is now added 131 points, while Marco Wittmann has been left with 125. René Rast now occupies the fifth position in the championship with 124 points, while behind the options Rockenfeller, Wickens, Martin and Glock are increasingly low.

Classification Race 1 DTM 2017 at Red Bull Ring

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Distance
1 Mattias Ekström Audi RS 5 DTM 41 turns
2nd Jamie Green Audi RS 5 DTM +0.398
3rd Nico Müller Audi RS 5 DTM +0.602
4th Robert Wickens Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +21.625
5th Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM +22.118
6th Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM +22.748
7th Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS 5 DTM +23.067
8th Lucas Auer Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +23.452
9th Edo Mortara Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +23.761
10th Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM +25.559