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2017-09-09 16:15:00

Auer wins turbulent rain race at Nürburgring

Auer wins turbulent rain race at Nürburgring

Lucas Auer is back in the game in the battle for the DTM title. In the 13th race of the DTM season, the Mercedes-AMG driver drove from pole position to victory in adverse conditions at the Nürburgring and thus moved up from sixth to second in the drivers’ standings. For Auer, it was the fourth race win of his DTM career and his third of the current season. Auer wasn’t the only one who brought the three-pointed star to the fore in the Eifel: in second to fourth place, Paul Di Resta, Robert Wickens and Maro Engel completed the success for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team.

“It was a mega race for us,” a delighted Auer said at the finish. “After my pit stop, I was a bit confused, but our strategy worked out in the difficult conditions.” Behind the Mercedes quartet, René Rast finished as the best-placed Audi driver in fifth ahead of his fellow Audi driver Jamie Green. Augusto Farfus, who dominantly led the race in the opening stages, finished eighth behind Edoardo Mortara and thus was the best-placed BMW driver.

The 13th race of the DTM season was a real tyre lottery: after a heavy downpour just before the start, the track dried out until the halfway point of the race. At that time, some drivers opted to change to slick tyres while others stayed out with rain tyres. The latter option turned out to be the right decision. Mattias Ekström and Augusto Farfus were particularly unlucky with their tyre choice. Both drivers changed to slick tyres at a time when rain set in again moments later. They both had to make a second pit stop and lost their contact to the front-runners. The Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers, who turned out to be successful, as well as Rast and Green only changed to a fresh set of rain tyres at a very late stage. “Once the track had dried out, my rain tyres degraded more and more, but we stayed out a little longer,” race winner Auer explained. “Changing to new rain tyres at a late stage paid off.”

Swede Ekström was unlucky: he finished 15th in the race, but remains in the lead of the DTM drivers’ standings. “At the moment in which I came into the pits for a tyre change, it started to rain again. Certainly, the limited communication with the team didn’t help, but that is the same for every driver. For us, it simply didn’t work out with the weather.”

With the result of the DTM race at the Nürburgring on Saturday, the drivers at the front of the championship standings got even closer together. After 13 of this season’s 18 races, Ekström is leading with 128 points from Auer (127), Rast (124), Rockenfeller (110), Green (107), Glock (104), Martin (102) and defending champion Wittmann (97). With 140 points still at stake in the remaining five races and qualifying, the battle for the title remains highly exciting.

On Sunday, the second race of the weekend is scheduled at the Nürburgring. The race starts at 15.15 hrs. The first German TV channel ARD is broadcasting live from the Eifel from 15.00 hrs onwards. Previously, the starting grid positions for the 14th race of the season will be determined in qualifying, which will be broadcast live on ONE.

The race at a glance

from 14.45 hrs The first race of the DTM at the Nürburgring.
14.45 hrs Because of the rain, there are two formation laps.
Start Farfus takes the lead from Auer. Wittmann drops back, Blomqvist stalls.
Lap 1 At the end of the lap, Farfus is leading with a margin of 1.9 seconds from Auer, then Di Resta, Wickens, Wittmann, Glock.
Lap 3 Rast off track in the Mercedes Arena, but continues. Ekström takes th place.
Lap 6 Farfus has extended his margin to 4.4 seconds . Martin overtakes Rast and is now th
Lap 11 Bright shine in the Eifel, the track is gradually drying out.
Lap 12 Rast and Engel collide in the battle for , Paffett benefits and gets past.
Lap 13 Rast gets a warning for causing the collision with Engel
Lap 15 Rockenfeller, Blomqvist and Müller into the pits
Lap 16 Ekström overtakes Glock for th. Then Glock starts sliding and spins at the short loop. Wittmann and Paffett, Spengler, Glock, Duval into the pits
Lap 17 Martin into the pits
Lap 19 It has started raining again Farfus, Ekström into the pits
Lap 20 Martin slides off at the short loop into the tyre stacks. He comes in at the end of the lap
Lap 21 Paffett hits the right rear corner of Farfus's BMW. Farfus comes in at the end of the lap, also pit stop for Müller
Lap 22 Rast, Wittmann into the pits
Lap 23 Glock into the pits
Lap 24 Auer, Wickens into the pits
Lap 25 Ekström into the pits
Lap 26 Mortara spins in the Mercedes Arena Di Resta into the pits
Lap 27 Di Resta rejoins the race ahead of Auer. Engel now into the pits
Lap 29 Green and Mortara are the last drivers to come in for their stops
Lap 30 Martin gets a drive-through for a collision with Mortara. He comes in at the end of the lap.
Lap 32 Auer overtakes Di Resta under braking for the chicane and takes st place.
Lap 33 Final lap.
Finish Auer Di Resta Wickens Engel Rast Green Mortara Farfus Wittmann Paffett

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