Mattias Ekstrom took his first DTM win of the season

Mattias Ekström has converted his first pole position of the season to claim his first DTM championship win in over a year, with the Swede drilling the opposition to claim a comfortable win at the Nürburgring.

The Audi driver made a great getaway at the start of the 49-lap race, and was never seriously challenged as he cruised to victory in what was a very dull race.

The win was his fifteenth DTM victory, while third place was claimed by Abt Audi team-mate Mike Rockenfeller. He was chased hard all the way by Mercedes’ Bruno Spengler, who extended his championship lead to seven points when he claimed second place after Rockenfeller slide wide at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap.

Spengler had been applying the pressure to Rockenfeller for the entire race, but was never quite close enough to launch a passing attempt on the Audi driver.

The remaining five points’ scoring places were covered by less than six seconds when the chequered flag was unfurled.

Timo Scheider gained places from his eighth-placed grid slot to claim fourth at the end of the race, closely followed by Martin Tomczyk, who improved on his seventh-placed starting position. Jamie Green finished in sixth, while Edoardo Mortara and Gary Paffett completed the points positions.

Green, Mortara and Tomczyk had all made contact as the field tried to snake its way through the circuit’s tight opening complex or corners; Tomczyk caused minor damage to the front of his car when he nerfed Molina at the hairpin early in the race.

There was also plenty of argy-bargy between the grid’s two ex-Formula 1 drivers, with Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard both slapped with suspended grid penalties for their contretemps on the second lap of the race. Schumacher and Coulthard came to grief

Schumacher had a lunge at Coulthard into Turn 1 on the second lap, only to succeed in hitting the Scott and pushing him wide. Trying to regain the place, ‘DC’ then tagged Schumacher at Turn 2, pitching him into a spin and the race’s only retirement. Coulthard was forced to pit for repairs and finished the race in last place, a lap adrift.

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2011 DTM Race of Nürburgring Final Classification (49 laps):

Driver Entrant / Car Result
1. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:11:19.980
2. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 5.533
3. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 7.906
4. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 13.977
5. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 15.656
6. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 17.841
7. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 18.917
8. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 19.696
9. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 22.516
10. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 35.080
11. Renger van der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 35.717
12. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 37.252
13. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 38.090
14. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 45.201
15. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 50.747
16. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 1:06.678
17. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes 1 lap behind
           
  NOT CLASSIFIED        
DNF. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes 1 lap

[Original image via DTM official site]

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