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2017-09-10 16:30:00

Wickens wins Nürburgring DTM race

Wickens wins Nürburgring DTM race

Robert Wickens scored his first win of the season at the Nürburgring on Sunday. The Mercedes-AMG driver had started the 14th race of the season from third place on the grid and crossed the finish line as the winner after 40 laps. After the clean sweep of the top four on Saturday, the Stuttgart-based brand scored a 1-2 with Paul Di Resta finishing second this time. For the Canadian, it was his sixth victory in his 80th DTM race. Defending champion Marco Wittmann rounded out the podium in the Eifel by finishing third. The BMW works driver kept his title chances alive.

“That was a hard-fought win,” Wickens commented after the race. “I had a great battle with Marco. The race was demanding, but it was great fun.” In the DTM drivers’ standings, everything is still open after 14 of this season’s 18 races. Having started from 13th place, Audi driver Mattias Ekström finished in sixth place and slightly extended his championship lead while Lucas Auer, second in the standings, lost his chances of a possible podium finish after spinning out on his own in the early stages of the race. Next to the Austrian, René Rast, the third-placed in the drivers’ standings, didn’t score any points either. Due to a penalty, the Audi driver had to start from the back and never got close to the point-scoring positions.

After the rain lottery on Saturday, the race on Sunday took place in dry conditions. Wittmann, who had started from pole position, first was the hunter, but then was the prey. After losing out to Paul Di Resta in the duel at the start, he closed the gap to the leader again and was able to claim back first place on lap 15. However, his joy only was a brief affair: three laps later, the two times’ champion had to hand his position to eventual race winner Wickens. Wittmann did try to attack the Canadian in the remaining race time, but had to give up another position to Di Resta on lap 35. “Towards the end of the race, I didn’t have a chance against the Mercedes,” Wittmann summed up. “Paul was extremely fast. During the race, I was still confident that I could still win the race, but eventually, my front tyres degraded more and more. There was nothing I could do.”

With four races remaining, the battle for the DTM drivers’ title remains thrilling: Ekström is leading with 136 points from Auer (127), Rast (124), Wittmann (115), Green (113), Rockenfeller (110) and Glock (108). With 112 points still at stake in the four races and qualifying sessions, approximately ten drivers still have realistic chances of winning the title.

The battle for the DTM title continues at Spielberg in Austria in a fortnight. At the Red Bull Ring, the 15th and 16th race of the season will be taking place from 22-24 September. The grand finale will be held at Hockenheim mid-October.

The race at a glance

15.15 hrs Cars set off on the formation lap
Start Di Resta takes the lead from Wittmann and Auer.
Lap 1 Glock runs wide coming out of the first corner but continues. Rockenfeller and Rast into the pits
Lap 2 DRS enabled. Problems for Rast during the pit stop Glock overtakes Mortara for th. Martin and Mortara come in for their stops
Lap 3 Martin under investigation for an alleged jump start , he gets a drive-through. He comes in at the end of the lap.
Lap 4 Auer attacks Wittmann for nd. Paffett into the pits
Lap 6 Auer spins out of rd Farfus into the pits
Lap 7 Auer into the pits
Lap 9 Three-way battle with Green, Engel, Ekström for seventh to ninth place Engels runs wide, but continues. Blomqvist into the pits
Lap 11 Green under investigation for forcing another driver to leave the track Green gets a warning. Glock into the pits
Lap 12 Wittmann attacks Di Resta for st place.
Lap 13 Blomqvist gets a warning for forcing another driver to leave the track.
Lap 13 Wickens into the pits
Lap 15 Wittmann overtakes Di Resta under braking for the first corner and takes the lead
Lap 16 Witmann, Di Resta into the pits
Lap 17 Wickens overtakes Farfus for th.
Lap 18 Wickens catches Wittmann under braking for the first corner and is now th.
Lap 20 Frenetic battle between Glock and Paffett
Lap 21 Wickens gets past Müller, who still has to pit. Müller almost pushes him into the pit lane. Müller is under investigation and gets a warning.
Lap 22 Engel into the pits
Lap 23 Duval and Di Resta tangle in the battle for th. The incident is under investigation
Lap 24 No further action concerning Duval and Di Resta.
Lap 25 Di Resta overtakes Müller for th. Spengler into the pits
Lap 27 Wittmann and Wickens tangle in the battle for rd, but Wickens stays ahead. The incident is under investigation Wittmann gets a warning. Glock hits the rear of Müller's car under braking for the chicane. The situation is under investigation.
Lap 28 Ekström into the pits
Lap 29 Meatball flag for Müller. Duval into the pits Müller also comes into the pits at the end of the lap, he retires.
Lap 30 Green into the pits Mortara comes in for a second stop
Lap 33 Positions after the stops Wickens Wittmann Di Resta Spengler Engel Glock Farfus Blomqvist Paffett Ekström. Ekström and Green overtake Paffett.
Lap 34 Rockenfeller into the pits
Lap 35 Di Resta overtakes Wittmann for nd, Green and Ekström overtake Farfus for th
Lap 37 Spengler attacks Wittmann for rd
Lap 38 Warning for Paffett because of forcing another driver to leave the track
Lap 39 Martin and Paffett tangle in the battle for th
Lap 40 Final lap. Martin and Paffett tangle again in the chicane, Paffett spins and drops back to 14th. The incident will be reported to the stewards.
Finish Wickens Di Resta Wittmann Spengler Engel Ekström Green Glock Farfus Blomqvist

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