‚Rocky’ does it for the second time
In 2015, the sixth race meeting, held at the Moscow Raceway, brought the continuation of the battle of generations that had been a main attraction of the season since race one and wouldn’t end before the season was over.
Pascal Wehrlein and Mattias Ekström alternated as championship leaders. The 20-year old German won the Saturday round to also take the championship lead but on Sunday, the 37-year old Swede struck back and re-passed his young challenger by finishing third. In the first race, Mercedes-AMG driver Wehrlein and Champion Marco Wittmann thrilled the spectators with a fierce battle. Up to fifth to last lap, the BMW driver was able to fend off his pressurising young rival but then, Wehrlein passed him on the inside. “I was able to outwit him with this manoeuvre, it was a perfect day,” said Wehrlein. For Ekström, however, the race ended early. When he tried to overtake Timo Glock the BMW driver closed the door and the result was a massive crash. The Swede was penalised for having caused the incident and received a three-position grid penalty for the following day. So, ‘Eki’ started into the Sunday race from fifth position and with 10 more laps to go he passed Maxime Martin for the podium. “Yesterday’s incident was my wake-up call,” revealed Ekström. “Therefore, I opted for a somewhat more careful approach, today. A move that paid off.” Wehrlein qualified 11th to finish 10th. Meanwhile, Mike Rockenfeller established as ‘Mr Moscow Raceway’. The winner of the DTM debut race in 2013 finished 10th on Saturday but secured a superior lights-to-flag win on Sunday. It was his second win in the four races held at the Russian circuit. “I had a car that had what it took to win,” the German said afterwards.