DTM: Nürburgring weekend
What a round!
Third season win for Marco Wittmann and Edoardo Mortara - these two will fight till the very end!
Marco Wittmann extended his points’ lead in the DTM drivers’ standings with an undisputed lights-to-flag victory in the race at the Nürburgring on Saturday. In pleasant late-summerly conditions, the BMW driver won the 30 lap race with a margin of 7.136 seconds from his fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist. For Wittmann, it was the eighth DTM race win of his career and the third of the 2016 season.
Having taken the chequered flag in third place with his Audi RS 5 DTM, Jamie Green claimed the final podium slot in the Eifel. His fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara finished fourth from Timo Glock with another BMW. Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver in sixth position. Second in the championship, Robert Wickens, who had started the race from 13th on the grid, crossed the finish line in ninth place behind Lucas Auer and Maxime Martin and thus lost important points in the battle for the DTM title.
A good start and a perfect strategy were the keys to success for Edoardo Mortara’s third race win of the current season. The Audi driver won the 14th DTM race of the season at the Nürburgring in a dominant way and thus moved up to second in the drivers’ standings. Lucas Auer, who had started from pole position with his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, finished second from BMW driver Marco Wittmann. With his third place, the latter defended his lead in the drivers’ standings. The race weekend at the Nürburgring attracted 72,500 spectators.
At the start, Mortara was already able to make up two positions and move up into fourth place. With a long first stint and after a quick pit stop on lap 28, he rejoined the race immediately behind Auer. Seven laps later, he took the lead and then drove an undisputed victory home. It was the 50th DTM race win for the Audi Team Abt Sportsline from Kempten in the Allgäu.
Auer, who crossed the finish line 3.726 seconds behind the winner, finished 3.800 seconds clear of third-placed Marco Wittmann. The latter still saw his podium finish under threat as Mattias Ekström came very close on the final lap. However, Wittmann managed to bring his position home with a margin of 0.323 seconds.
In the DTM drivers’ standings after 14 of 18 races, Marco Wittmann remains in the lead with 170 points. Edoardo Mortara is now second with 137 points, followed by Robert Wickens (120 points), who dropped to third. Finishing 14th in the race on Sunday, the Canadian failed to score any points, just like Jamie Green (119 points). Following a collision with Gary Paffett, Green had to come in for a drive-through penalty and only finished 17th.
The 15th and 16th race of the DTM season will be held at the Hungaroring near Budapest, September 23-25.