Former DTM champion Mattias Ekström has suffered a terrible setback with just a month to go until the championship’s season-opening race, with the Swedish driver breaking his wrist at an Audi pre-season training camp.
The 32-year-old Swede suffered a fall while playing volleyball with his team-mates, and while the Audi doctors are confident he will be race-fit in time for the first round at Hockenheim, the window to recover fully is extremely tight.
“Mattias must wear a cast for about four weeks. Afterwards he can start training again to build up the muscles,” said Audi’s physician Dr Christian John.
“We all hope that he recovers well and Mattias can line up on the grid at Hockenheim.”
Audi Sport team boss Wolfgang Ullrich wished Ekström a speedy recovery and added: “I’m convinced that he will do everything possible to be absolutely ready to go for Hockenheim. We’ll give all the support he requires in the process.”
Ekström is one of the championship’s most successful competitors in his ten-year stint in the series, where he has won 14 races and taken two championship titles.
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