Mattias Ekström

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Mattias Ekström
2014 DTM HockenheimringII Mattias Ekstroem by 2eight 8SC3364.jpg
Ekström at Hockenheimring in 2014
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born (1978-07-14) July 14, 1978 (age 36)
Falun, Sweden
DTM career
Debut season 2001
Current team Abt Sportsline
Car no. 7
Starts 153
Wins 17
Poles 17
Fastest laps 10
Best finish 1st in 2004, 2007
Finished last season 7th (68 pts)
Previous series
1997–2000
1995–1996
STCC
Renault 5 Junior Sweden
Championship titles
2004, 2007
1999
1996
DTM
STCC
Renault 5 Junior Sweden

Mattias Ekström (born July 14, 1978 in Falun, Sweden) is a racing driver from Sweden. He has been competing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for Audi since 2001. He is a two-time DTM champion and a three-time winner of the Race of Champions.

Career[edit]

Ekström won his second DTM championship in 2007.

Ekström was the Swedish Touring Car champion in 1999. In 2004, he won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). Before that, he had finished fourth in the series in 2003 and third in 2002. In the 2005 DTM season he finished second behind Gary Paffett.

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, finishing tenth in a Škoda factory team Fabia WRC.[1] At the 2005 Race of Champions, Ekström won the Nations' Cup with Tom Kristensen. In 2006, he won the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy and earned the title Champion of Champions at the 2006 Race of Champions, by winning over Sébastien Loeb in the individual event finals.

Ekström won his second DTM title in 2007 and went on to win the 2007 Race of Champions, beating Michael Schumacher in the individual finals. In 2009, he won the Race of Champions once more beating the seven-time world champion in the final.

Ekström competing at the opening round of the 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season at Hockenheim.

Ekström became the first Scandinavian driver to take part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in June 2010. He raced for Team Red Bull at Infineon Raceway, substituting for Brian Vickers in the #83 Toyota Camry, as Vickers was inactive for the remainder of the 2010 season due to blood clots. Ekström was able to finish 21st and lead 7 laps mostly remaining in the top 5 or top 10 the whole day.[2] However he did so ex-aequo with another Scandinavian driver as Jan Magnussen from Denmark also took part in the same race, eventually finishing ahead of Ekström. Ekström also ran the Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway where he started 42nd and finished 31st.

Ekström competing in the 2014 DTM season.

Ekström followed in the footsteps of his father Bengt by branching out into rallycross in 2013, competing in the Swedish round of the European Rallycross Championship in Höljes, finishing second in a Volkswagen Polo. He subsequently announced that he was establishing his own EKS RX team to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.[3] The team made their debut at the Norwegian round of the 2014 World Rallycross Championship season in Hell, fielding a pair of Audi S1s for Ekström and 2013 Junior World Rally Champion Pontus Tidemand.[4]

Ekström also participated in the Bathurst 1000 in 2013 alongside Andy Priaulx in a 'wildcard' entry. The entry qualified 19th and finished 10th, with former 1000 winner turned commentator Mark Skaife hailing his efforts, stating that he was "one of the best debutants I have seen", as well as being "the best international driver since Jacky Ickx". Ickx won the race on debut with Allan Moffat in 1977.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Swedish Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
1997 Troberg – Rydell Junior Team Volvo 850 GLT MAN
1

1
MAN
2

1
KIN
1

Ret
KIN
2

4
AND
1

1
AND
2

4
FAL
1

2
FAL
2

Ret
KNU
1

Ret
KNU
2

2
KAR
1

6
KAR
2

1
2nd 192
1998 Troberg – Rydell Junior Team Ford Mondeo Ghia MAN
1

Ret
MAN
2

8
KAR
1

3
KAR
2

Ret
AND
1

2
AND
2

3
FAL
1

Ret
FAL
2

Ret
KNU
1

4
KNU
2

2
MAN
1

Ret
MAN
2

DNS
8th 97
1999 Kristoffersson Motorsport Audi A4 Quattro MAN
1

3
MAN
2

1
KNU
1

1
KNU
2

2
KAR
1

2
KAR
2

1
AND
1

23
AND
2

17
FAL
1

3
FAL
2

6
AND
1

3
AND
2

8
ARC
1

6
ARC
2

7
MAN
1

1
MAN
2

2
1st 215
2000 Volvo S40 Racing Team Sweden Volvo S40 KAR
1

2
KAR
2

3
KNU
1

10
KNU
2

9
MAN
1

3
MAN
2

2
FAL
1

1
FAL
2

2
AND
1

4
AND
2

6
ARC
1

1
ARC
2

1
KAR
1

4
KAR
2

5
MAN
1

3
MAN
2

2
3rd 165

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2001 Abt Sportsline Junior Abt-Audi TT-R HOC
QR

17
HOC
CR

DNS
NÜR
QR

10
NÜR
CR

9
OSC
QR

6
OSC
CR

7
SAC
QR

2
SAC
CR

5
NOR
QR

11
NOR
CR

9
LAU
QR

Ret
LAU
CR

3
NÜR
QR

6
NÜR
CR

14
A1R
QR

Ret
A1R
CR

11
ZAN
QR

2
ZAN
CR

Ret
HOC
QR

6
HOC
CR

6
8th 38
2002 Abt Sportsline Abt-Audi TT-R HOC
QR

3
HOC
CR

2
ZOL
QR

4
ZOL
CR

4
DON
QR

9
DON
CR

3
SAC
QR

14
SAC
CR

7
NOR
QR

1
NOR
CR

3
LAU
QR

4
LAU
CR

2
NÜR
QR

16
NÜR
CR

10
A1R
QR

1
A1R
CR

11
ZAN
QR

3
ZAN
CR

1
HOC
QR

3
HOC
CR

2
3rd 50
2003 Abt Sportsline Abt-Audi TT-R HOC
8
ADR
2
NÜR
7
LAU
3
NOR
Ret
DON
3
NÜR
4
A1R
5
ZAN
3
HOC
2
4th 46
2004 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC
3
EST
2
ADR
1
LAU
1
NOR
4
SHA1
3
NÜR
2
OSC
5
ZAN
1
BRN
1
HOC
6
1st 74
2005 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2005 HOC
5
LAU
4
SPA
2
BRN
1
OSC
2
NOR
3
NÜR
1
ZAN
2
LAU
1
IST
12
HOC
7
2nd 71
2006 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2006 HOC
Ret
LAU
DSQ
OSC
7
BRH
1
NOR
6
NÜR
8
ZAN
13
CAT
4
BUG
Ret
HOC
12†
8th 21
2007 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC
1
OSC
7
LAU
10
BRH
3
NOR
3
MUG
2
ZAN
3
NÜR
3
CAT
Ret
HOC
3
1st 50
2008 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
1
OSC
8
MUG
6
LAU
3
NOR
4
ZAN
1
NÜR
6
BRH
3
CAT
DSQ
BUG
1
HOC
7
3rd 56
2009 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC
7
LAU
3
NOR
3
ZAN
3
OSC
2
NÜR
3
BRH
5
CAT
6
DIJ
9
HOC
Ret
5th 41
2010 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC
6
VAL
1
LAU
Ret
NOR
2
NÜR
7
ZAN
4
BRH
Ret
OSC
3
HOC
Ret
ADR
8
SHA
9
5th 35
2011 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC
2
ZAN
8
SPL
Ret
LAU
11
NOR
7
NÜR
1
BRH
2
OSC
1
VAL
1
HOC
6
2nd 52
2012 Abt Sportsline Audi A5 DTM HOC
3
LAU
5
BRH
5
SPL
4
NOR
Ret
NÜR
11
ZAN
3
OSC
8
VAL
3
HOC
Ret
6th 81
2013 Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM HOC
Ret
BRH
7
SPL
5
LAU
8
NOR
DSQ
MSC
2
NÜR
13
OSC
7
ZAN
4
HOC
4
7th 68
2014 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM HOC
2
OSC
13
HUN
9
NOR
3
MSC
3
SPL
7
NÜR
Ret
LAU
Ret
ZAN
1
HOC
1
2nd 106

* Season in progress. 1 – Shanghai was a non-championship round.

NASCAR[edit]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Final Pos Points
2013 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
PUK
R6
PUK
R7
PUK
R8
PUK
R9
BAR
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
COTA
R13
COTA
R14
COTA
R15
COTA
R16
HID
R17
HID
R18
HID
R19
TOW
R20
TOW
R21
QLD
R22
QLD
R23
QLD
R24
WIN
R25
WIN
R26
WIN
R27
SAN
R28
BAT
R29

10
SUR
R30
SUR
R31
PHI
R32
PHI
R33
PHI
R34
SYD
R35
SYD
R36
55th 156

Rally record[edit]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1999 Mattias Ekström Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV MON SWE
30
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN CHN ITA AUS GBR NC 0
2000 Mattias Ekström Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV MON SWE
21
KEN POR ESP ARG GRE NZL FIN CYP FRA ITA AUS GBR NC 0
2003 Mattias Ekström Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MON SWE
23
TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER FIN AUS ITA FRA ESP GBR NC 0
2004 Mattias Ekström Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MON SWE
12
MEX NZL CYP GRE TUR ARG FIN GER
24
JPN GBR ITA FRA ESP AUS NC 0
2005 Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC MON SWE
10
MEX NZL ITA CYP TUR GRE ARG FIN GER GBR JPN FRA ESP AUS NC 0
2006 Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC MON SWE
Ret
MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE GER
11
FIN JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR NC 0

Complete World Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WRX Points
2014 EKS RX Audi S1 POR GBR NOR
20
FIN SWE
1
BEL CAN FRA GER
2
ITA TUR ARG 11th 55

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Driver profile – Mattias Ekström". eWRC-results.com. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Mejia, Diego (7 June 2010). "Ekstrom gets NASCAR race chance". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Ridge, Hal (17 April 2014). "DTM racer Mattias Ekstrom to run own team in World Rallycross". autosport.com. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Ridge, Hal (5 June 2014). "Audi DTM star Mattias Ekstrom's World Rallycross team in Hell debut". autosport.com. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fredrik Ekblom
Swedish Touring Car Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Tommy Rustad
Preceded by
Bernd Schneider
DTM Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Gary Paffett
Preceded by
Jean Alesi
Sébastien Loeb
Race of Champions
Nations' Cup

2005 with:
Tom Kristensen
Succeeded by
Marcus Grönholm
Heikki Kovalainen
Preceded by
Sébastien Loeb
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

2006–2007
Succeeded by
Sébastien Loeb
Preceded by
Bernd Schneider
DTM Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Timo Scheider
Preceded by
Sébastien Loeb
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

2009
Succeeded by
Filipe Albuquerque