First Win of the Year for Ekstrom

Audi and reigning Champion Mattias Ekstrom finally broke the Mercedes stranglehold on the DTM in round four at Brno, the Swede scoring a fine victory after overcoming the unexpectedly strong early challenge of former F1 star Heinz-Harald Frentzen in his Opel

First Win of the Year for Ekstrom

Frentzen took the lead at the start when pole sitter Gary Paffett (Mercedes) lurched forwards at the red lights, stopping just as they went out to give him the double-whammy of both a bad start and a jump start, for which he received a drive-through pit penalty.

Frentzen led for the opening 11 laps until his first pitstop, after which he came under attack from the Audi of Tom Kristensen. This battle allowed Ekstrom, who stopped a couple of laps later, enough of a breathing space to rejoin just in front of Frentzen, but it was very close.

Kristensen soon pulled a smart move at Turn 3 to demote Frentzen to third, and the Opel faded after that, allowing Ekstrom and Kristensen to pull away to take a dominant one-two.

Frentzen finished almost 25 seconds behind in third and had a charging Paffett, despite his drive-through, just 3.8s behind in fourth. It was Frentzen's first podium of his DTM career and Opel's first of the season.

Mercedes teammate Jamie Green scored his best finish to date in fifth, ahead of Christian Abt (Audi) and Allan McNish (Audi), who was another to fall foul of the stewards for speeding in the pits and lost a probable third or fourth position.

Frank Stippler scored his first DTM point in eighth in another Audi, just ahead of another ex-F1 star, Jean Alesi (Mercedes).

Spa victor Mika Hakkinen suffered a left-front puncture early on and could only finish 13th.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Mattias Ekstrom Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 58:52.558 2. Tom Kristensen Audi Sport Team Abt + 0.288 3. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Stern Team OPC + 24.694 4. Gary Paffett DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG + 28.503 5. Jamie Green Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes + 30.997 6. Christian Abt Audi Sport Team Joest Racing + 34.555 7. Allan McNish Audi Sport Team Abt + 34.815 8. Frank Stippler Audi Sport Team Joest + 36.102 9. Jean Alesi AMG-Mercedes + 43.286 10. Rinaldo Capello Audi Sport Team Joest + 43.652 11. Bruno Spengler Junge Gebrauchte von Mercedes + 55.041 12. Pierre Kaffer Audi Sport Team Joest Racing + 55.934 13. Mika Hakkinen Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes + 1:10.527 14. Martin Tomczyk Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline + 1:36.170 15. Marcel Fassler GMAC Team OPC + 1:37.321 16. Laurent Aiello Team OPC + 1 lap 17. Alexandros Margaritis Mucke Motorsport + 3 laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Manuel Reuter Team OPC 15 Stefan Mucke Mucke Motorsport 10 Bernd Schneider Vodafone AMG-Mercedes 1 
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