Mattias Ekström ranks among the world’s best touring car racers, enjoys an action packed private life and seems to become a proper golf player as well. Get to know him better.
With two DTM titles in 2004 and 2007 under his belt, Mattias Ekström no doubt ranks among the world’s best touring car racers. Since 2001 he has been competing in the series for Audi, which not only makes him the longest-serving but also the most successful driver competing under the symbol of the four rings. Ekström has proven on numerous occasions that he feels comfortable in other motorsport disciplines as well: in successful runs in the World Rally Championship, in the U.S. NASCAR Series or by clinching successes in the Race of Champions – against record
Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher among others.
1999 Champion STCC
2002 3rd place DTM
2004 Champion DTM
2005 1st place Race of Champions (Nations Cup)
2006 1st place Race of Champions
2007 Champion DTM, 1st place Race of Champions
2008 3rd place DTM
2009 1st place Race of Champions
2011 2nd place DTM, 1st place Spa 24 Hours
2012 3rd place orientation golf tournament ABT Sportsline
Born: 14th July 1978 in Falun (Sweden)
Lives: Salenstein (Switzerland), directly at Lake Constance
Family: girlfriend Heidi, son Mats, daughter Hanna
Height and weight: 1.83 meters / 79 kilos
Motorsport since 1993, Audi driver since 1999
Hobbies: tennis, cross-country skiing, cycling
There’s almost never a quiet moment in the Ekström household. With his partner, Heidi, Mattias Ekström has two children: son Mats, who was born in spring of 2011, and daughter Hanna, born in January 2013. Describing his two little ones, Mattias Ekström says, “Mats is a bouncy character who causes and needs a lot of action. Hanna, fortunately, takes more after her mother.” Ekström himself is close to his mother, Agneta, and his father, Bengt. The two Swedes with a zest for life have always supported the career of their son and watched most of his DTM races live at the race track. Other long-standing members of the family are Moss and Lou. The two Jack Russel terriers have been following Heidi and Mattias around for many years.
Audi has been Mattias Ekström’s brand on and off the race track since 1999. He clinched his biggest successes with the Ingolstadt-based brand and in their private life Heidi, Mats, Hanna, Moss and Lou have plenty of room in an A6 allroad quattro.
The Swedish racer is featured in advertising activities of Europe’s top-selling and best-known car magazine. But the partnership goes far beyond his wearing of the logo. Serving on the judging panel for the “Golden Steering Wheel” is one of the high points for Ekström.
After ten years, Mattias Ekström had his fill of hotel beds and has been living in the motorhome of Concorde on DTM weekends ever since then. His own shower, a comfortable bed, pasta from his own pot plus his own espresso machine all serve to bring a touch of home to the paddock.
A racer would never accept even the slightest compromise when it comes to his helmet. That’s why Mattias Ekström relies on his partner Schuberth with whom he has custom-developed the helmet that is perfect for him.
Red Bull and Mattias Ekström – motorsport without this combination is something that has been hard to imagine for many years. Whether providing the color for his car, as a partner at other adventures or at numerous joint events, the energy drink producer and the racer have been forming a strong team.