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2016-04-18 09:45:00

24 drivers – 24 questions: Answers by Mattias Ekström

  • In 2016, Mattias Ekström wants to once again win the title – if possible on race weekends held in brilliant sunshine.
  • In addition to DTM, the World Rallycross Championship also is a great passion of Mattias Ekström.
  • Having a bad sleep annoys the Swede a lot, in particular if caused by the limited leg room in airplanes.

In 2016, 24 drivers will be battling to make their big dream come true: winning the DTM champion’s trophy. International top-level drivers will be staging entertaining duels in 18 races on a total of nine weekends. We want to introduce the contenders from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in detail and have asked each one of them 24 questions. In no particular order, the answers will be published over the next weeks as a part of our series ’24 drivers – 24 questions’. Mattias Ekström is the eighth and last of the Audi drivers. The Swede came close to winning his third DTM title but in the end, he finished third – with 147 points on his tally. For the eight time in his DTM career, Ekström made into the top three in the championship. 

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Describe your 2015 season by dint of six terms: A year with ups and downs: entertaining, painful, enjoyable, demanding, surprising

My nicest DTM moment in 2015: The win after the great battle with Gary Paffett in the Sunday race at the Red Bull Ring. 

My worst/most disappointing DTM moment in 2015: Finishing fourth in the Sunday race at the Norisring. I lost the podium result to Bruno Spengler at the very end of the race. 

My personal highlights of the year 2015 (both private and job-related): The win at the Red Bull Ring.

That’s what annoyed me in particular (both in my private life and job-related): That I couldn’t contest the World Rallycross Championship round at the Hockenheimring. Furthermore, I am annoyed by the limited legroom in airplanes. 

My favourite DTM colleague: Edoardo Mortara. With his sense of humour he can make me laugh at any time.  

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My most exciting/most thrilling 2015 DTM weekend: Norisring – the races there are really very special. 

The biggest surprise of the 2015 season, for me: That we didn’t win the title although the Audi was the best car. And that Dr Ullrich talks to the drivers via the pit radio.

This change / these changes I would love to see for the 2016 DTM season: More sunshine :-)

If I hadn’t become a motor racer I would have liked to be a …?: Lawyer, I like to think a lot. 

That’s what I like particularly: Good food.

That’s what I don’t like at all: To have a bad sleep.

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The motto of my life: Go hard or go home.

My goal for the 2016 DTM season: The same as every year: to win. :-)

My favourite racetrack: Nordschleife – just fantastic!

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My role model/s: Walter Röhrl and Michael Schumacher due to his discipline. 

My favourite sportsman/sportswoman: Tennis players

My favourite song: Changes permanently.

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My favourite band: : Spotify ;) 

My favourite movie: Days of Thunder

My favourite actor /actress: Julia Roberts and Mikael Persbrandt – another Swede. 

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My favourite dish: Spaghetti with Scampi.

My favourite car (apart from your DTM racer): My rallycross car, the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.

I am a good DTM driver because…: I know how to overtake.

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