32 year old Audi factory driver Mattias Ekstrom has broken his left wrist in a sports accident forcing the Swede to cancel his participation in the famous "Vasaloppet at the beginning of March."
His rehabilitation program should be concluded in time to start the 2011 DTM season on the 1st of May.
Déjà vu: A year ago Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen tore the Achilles tendon on his left foot while playing tennis with his son.
Now Mattias Ekstrom: In the training camp the Audi driver fell so awkwardly while playing volleyball with his team-mates that he broke his left wrist.
As a consequence Ekstrom, whose partner Heidi is expecting a child in April, now faces a race against time and aims to be fully fit again in time for the start of the DTM season.
"Mattias must wear a cast for about four weeks, afterwards he can start training again to build up the muscles. We all hope that he recovers well and Mattias can line-up on the grid at Hockenheim," explains Audi team physician Dr. Christian John who provided medical care immediately after the accident.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said: "We wish Mattias all the best and a rapid recovery. I’m convinced that he will do everything possible to be absolutely ready to go for Hockenheim. We’ll give all the support he requires in the process."
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