Mattias Ekström

A legend on the track

Mattias Ekstroem (SWE/ Audi) races during DTM Championship 2014 at Norisring in Nuernberg, Germany on June 29th, 2014
© Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Mattias Ekström. My discipline is DTM and rallycross. My friends call me Matt. I was born on 14 July 1978 in Falun, Sweden. My special talent is driving anything with four wheels. My philosophy of life is enjoy your life and the lives around you. My favourite food is home-cooked food. My favourite music is anything that's in the charts.


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.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2017
    1. 1st Place: Rallycross World Championship Rd 1

      Barcelona, Spain

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place Overall: FIA World Rallycross Championship

    2. 1st Place: FIA World Rallycross Championship

      Barcelona, Spain

    3. 2nd Place: FIA World Rallycross Championship

      Riga, Latvia

    4. 3rd Place: FIA World Rallycross Championship Rd 5

      Hell, Norway

    5. 1st Place: FIA World Rallycross Championship Rd 4

      Lydden Hill, UK

    6. 2nd Place Overall: DTM Championship

      Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria

    7. 1st Place: Rallycross World Championship

      Mettet, Belgium