Another win for Mattias Ekstrom Slick pit work helped Tomczyk claim third, and the championship crown

Mattias Ekström has claimed his third win in four races with another lights-to-flag display in his Audi to win the DTM Race of Valencia, heading home an Audi 1-2-3-4-5-6 that saw the carmaker’s own Martin Tomczyk claim the Drivers’ Championship, sealing the crown by finishing in third place.

Having secured a comfortable pole position yesterday, Ekström led from the get-go and quickly built himself an early lead over second-placed Filipe Albuquerque before the first of his two compulsory pit stops.

And as impressive as Ekström’s win was, it was also the performance of Albuquerque that was equally eye-catching, with the Portuguese driver showing that his qualifying pace was no fluke in the older-spec Audi en route to finishing a fine second. It was his first-ever DTM podium finish.

Tomczyk secured his championship crown – the first in the series’ history for a driver running an older-spec car – courtesy of an outstanding start from his tenth-placed grid slot.

He gained four placed in the opening lap, and then leapfrogged three drivers in his second pit stop to move into third place. And with Tomczyk merely needing to finish in the points in front his main championship rival Bruno Spengler, the championship crown was assured with Spengler’s run to seventh place.

Timo Scheider claimed fourth place off the back of a long first stint, with his pace on more worn tyres proving sufficient to vault ahead of the race’s early third- and fourth-placed runners, David Coulthard and Renger van der Zande.

Van der Zande and Coulthard actually finished fifth and sixth on the road respectively, but the pair was racing under appeal from their original top-four grid slots after their Mercedes cars were found to have failed post-qualifying scrutineering checks. Their results will not be formally classified unless their appeals to series’ officials are accepted.

As it stands, the points’ positions are therefore completed by the Audi pairing of Miguel Molina and Oliver Jarvis, while Spengler claimed seventh place on the last lap when he was let through by Jamie Green, who fell to tenth behind Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller..

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2011 DTM Race of Valencia Final Classification (45 laps):

Driver Entrant / Car Result
1. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:10:45.452
2. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 18.103
3. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 33.950
4. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 34.346
DQ. Renger van der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes  
DQ. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes  
5. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 39.788
6. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 40.655
7. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 41.238
8. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 41.791
9. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 44.671
10. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 45.971
11. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 49.720
12. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 50.736
13. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 52.686
14. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 1:02.877
15. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 1:16.230
16. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 3 laps behind

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