With just two manufacturers in the DTM, the one who finishes second doesn't have much to shout about. For Audi, losing the title to Mercedes-Benz two years in a row has been a nightmare, but it's not like they don't know how to get the job done.
Mattias Ekstrom won the title for Audi in 2004 and came close to retaining it the following year. Yet in 2006, the Swede was only eighth in the standings, and the lowest of the Audi drivers in 2006-spec cars.
He manage only one victory, at Brands Hatch in July, and apart from that he only finished in the top five once all year. However, Ekstrom is not downbeat after a relatively poor season, because in his opinion the lack of results was not due to a lack of speed.