Ekström new DTM champion
It was a triumphant drive by Mattias: at the premiere of the “new” DTM in the Czech city of Brno the Swede celebrated his fourth win of the season in his Audi A4 DTM with a flawless performance to wrap up the title “DTM champion 2004” early. Starting from pole position, Ekström drove a masterful and carefully considered race and crossed the finish line as winner after 30 laps ahead of his team mate Tom Kristensen and Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett. Marcel Fässler just missed out on a podium finish in his Opel Vectra GTS V8, coming fourth, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen enjoyed his best result of the season in sixth. Christijan Albers, who had a chance for the overall crown before the race, ended the race early in the pits.
14.00: The cars lead into formation lap
Start: Brilliant start for Ekström, he leads into first corner, Tomczyk and Kristensen pass Albers. Biela and Reuter collide.
Lap 1: Albers overtakes Kristensen again for 3rd place. Schneider drifts into Aiello in second corner. Janis retires in the pits.
Lap 3: Paffett overtakes Dumbreck for 7th position.
Lap 5: Race order: Ekström leads in front of Tomczyk, Albers, Kristensen, Fässler, Pirro, Paffett, Dumbreck, Frentzen and Alesi. Mücke improved from 21th to 12th position
Lap 6: Paffett overtakes Pirro for 6th position, Ekström, Albers, Kristensen, Fässler, Paffett, Pirro, Frentzen, Mücke into the pits
Lap 7: Albers hits Kristensen on pit exit, Kristensen spins, continues. Tomczyk, Dumbreck, Alesi, Scheider, Schneider into the pits
Lap 8: Albers attacks Tomczyk for 2nd position, Tomczyk spins, Albers damaged is front. Mayländer, Aiello, Reuter and Tomczyk into the pits
Lap 9: Drive through penalty for push another car for Albers, Tomczyk retires.
Lap 10: Kristensen attacks Albers for 2nd place. Bleekemolen and Winkelhock into the pits
Lap 11: Black/white flag for Alesi for collision/contact. Kristensen passes Albers for 2nd place. Albers into the pits for penalty
Lap 13: Race order: Ekström, Kristensen, Fässler, Paffett, Pirro, Dumbreck, Frentzen, Alesi, Scheider. Fässler, Paffett, Frentzen into the pits
Lap 14: Paffett overtakes Fässler on pit exit. Kristensen, Scheider, Albers, Abt into the pits
Lap 15: Albers retires. Ekström, Pirro, Dumbreck, Schneider into the pits
Lap 16: Alesi, Mücke, Mayländer, Biela into the pits
Lap 18: Bleekemolen into the pits
Lap 19: Scheider passes Alesi for 8th position. Reuter, Aiello, Winkelhock into the pits
Lap 21: Race order: Ekström, Kristensen, Paffett, Fässler, Pirro, Frentzen, Scheider, Alesi, Dumbreck, Schneider
Lap 28: Ekström leads Kristensen by about three seconds
Finish: Ekström wins the ninth round of the year and the championship