Ekstrom wins chaotic wet Le Mans race

Mattias Ekstrom won a chaotic rain-affected DTM race at Le Mans, while Paul di Resta kept the title battle alive with second place

Ekstrom wins chaotic wet Le Mans race

Mercedes seemed to have blown their chances of the crown from the start of the race, when di Resta and several of his teammates started on wet tyres. The Audis were on slicks, and the C-class drivers were forced to make their first stops before the pit window.

That left di Resta out of the hunt as championship leader Timo Scheider led with Ekstrom in tow. The Swede moved ahead during the pit stops, but Scheider was still set for the title with second.

But a rain shower towards the end of the pit window played into di Resta's hands. As the only driver still with a mandatory stop to make, he took wets, and shortly afterwards everyone else was in to make an extra stop.

Di Resta rejoined fourth - just ahead of Scheider - and then passed Gary Paffett, before taking second from home driver Alexandre Premat who stayed on slicks. He then settled into second, unable to make an impact on Ekstrom.

Premat briefly lost third to Paffett, but as conditions improved the Audi driver regained the advantage to take a popular podium finish after a battling performance.

Behind their scrap, Bernd Schneider did di Resta a favour by passing Scheider for fifth with two laps to go when the Audi driver ran wide at Turn 3 after a long fight.

Bruno Spengler didn't quite have enough time to do any more damage to Scheider's championship lead, so the German heads to Hockenheim with just a two-point lead over di Resta.

 Pos Driver Car Time 1. Mattias Ekström Audi 41 1:10:11.103 2. Paul Di Resta Mercedes 41 + 4.250 3. Alexandre Prémat Audi 41 + 10.946 4. Gary Paffett Mercedes 41 + 11.393 5. Bernd Schneider Mercedes 41 + 17.200 6. Timo Scheider Audi 41 + 18.806 7. Bruno Spengler Mercedes 41 + 19.318 8. Tom Kristensen Audi 41 + 20.074 9. M.Rockenfeller Audi 41 + 26.014 10. Jamie Green Mercedes 41 + 29.940 11. Markus Winkelhock Audi 41 + 31.645 12. Susie Stoddart Mercedes 41 + 1:28.642 13. Christijan Albers Audi 41 + 1:39.120 14. Maro Engel Mercedes 40 + 1 lap 15. Mathias Lauda Mercedes 40 + 1 lap 16. Katherine Legge Audi 39 + 2 laps Retirements Oliver Jarvis Audi 26 Martin Tomczyk Audi 1 Ralf Schumacher Mercedes 0 Fastest lap, di Resta 1:32.727 on lap 24
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