Nico Muller scores maiden DTM win at Norisring
The Swiss driver Nico Muller scored his maiden DTM victory after being fastest in the race 2 at Norisring. The Audi driver took the lead in the middle of the race and confidently secured another triumph for the Ingolstadters.
Mattias Ekstrom had a pole position after being fastest in qualifying. The Audi driver in the front row was accompanied with Tom Blomqvist in BMW, while Paul Di Resta in Mercedes and Nico Muller in Audi started from the row two.
The start of the race was a bit nervy. Ekstrom had to retire after a collision with Di Resta and safety car was deployed. The race was restarted on lap six, with Blomqvist at the top and Di Resta and Muller behind him. Nothing has changed until the mandatory pit-stop when Muller took the provisional lead ahead of Blomqvist and Maxime Martin while Di Resta dropped to 4th.
Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller decided for the strategy of late pit-stop which was very successful in some of the previous races but that tactic isn’t the winning one at the track like Norisring as they dropped to the second half of the grid after pit-stop.
Muller was under the constant pressure but drove very precisely and with a lot of confidence, so he defended his lead until the end, leaving Blomqvist and Martin behind while Di Resta finished 4th after brilliant defensive driving in the final stages of the race.