DTM veteran Mattias ekström has announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the German touring car series.
39-year-old Swedish rider chose to leave the series after a painful defeat in the final last year, when in the last race I missed the coveted third title, and focus on the world championship on rally-cross.
“Of course, I had mixed feelings after Hockenheim, but said to myself that next year I will try again, – quotes the edition of Extrema TouringCarTimes. – However, the weeks went by, months, and I often wondered about whether or not I need it after 20 years of a career in racing. I talked to family, friends, the leadership of Audi and decided it was time to leave DTM and move on.
It was a difficult decision because I love the DTM, but I think people will understand me. I will now fully concentrate on the program in the WRX, where Audi is expanding its presence”.
Ekström made his debut in the DTM in 2001, and all 17 years defended the colors of Audi. 215 racing Swede 20 times started from pole position, won 25 wins, 83% was on the podium twice, in 2004 and 2007, became the champion.
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