Mattias Ekström is best known as a champion of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), having won the championship for Audi in 2004 and 2007. During his career he has also won the Swedish Touring Car Championship and has become a regular competitor at the Race of Champions, winning it three times in Paris in 2006, London in 2007 and Beijing in 2009.
A driver with many strings to his bow, Ekström has also been active in rallying and the World Rally Championship. He debuted in the WRC in 1999 and recorded his best result at the 2005 Swedish Rally, where he finished tenth in a Škoda factory team Fabia WRC.
2007 saw Ekström win his second DTM championship; a year in which he also won the Race of Champions, beating Michael Schumacher in the individual finals. In 2009, he won the Race of Champions again by beating the seven-time world champion in the very last race. The following year the multi-talented Swede also became the first Scandinavian driver to take part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when he raced for Team Red Bull at Infineon Raceway as a substitute for Brian Vickers. 2014 was another good year positioning second in the overall DTM championship rankings, taking two wins in the final two rounds of the season.
Mattias Ekström’s career reads like an encyclopaedia of motorsport, especially as he has continued to be a regular on the podium at the DTM championships. Rest assured, he is not done yet.Read more