Mattias Ekström has become something of a Race Of Champions superstar in the past few years, winning three of the last five ‘Champion of Champions’ titles.
The Swedish driver’s day job is in Germany’s DTM touring car series, where he has won two championships for Audi in 2004 and 2007. But Ekström has proved himself to be an all-rounder who is equally comfortable in all the cars used in the ROC – due in part to eight starts in the World Rally Championship. He has also recently had his first run in a NASCAR.
Ekström has reached at least one final in every year he has competed, starting in 2005 when he partnered Tom Kristensen to ROC Nations Cup glory for Scandinavia. The next year he came back and beat Sébastien Loeb in The Race of Champions final.
Since then he has gone from strength to strength, defeating Michael Schumacher in two different finals – in 2007 at Wembley and in 2009 at Beijing.
- 3-time winner of The Race of Champions
- 2-time DTM Champion with Audi (2004 & 2007)
- 8 starts in the WRC
2005: Runner-up in DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 10th in Swedish Rally (Skoda Fabia WRC)
2004: Swedish Rally Group N Winner (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo)
2002: Claims first DTM win in his second season, finishes 3rd in DTM
1999: Swedish Touring Car Champion
1996: Swedish Renault 5 Junior Cup Winner
The Race of Champions Highlights
- Years contested: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009
2009: Winner of The Race of Champions
2008: ROC Nations Cup finalist for Team Scandinavia with Tom Kristensen
2007: Winner of The Race of Champions
2006: Winner of The Race of Champions
2005: Debut in The Race of Champions. Winner of The ROC Nations Cup for Team Scandinavia with Tom Kristensen