Wittmann one step closer to the DTM title
Marco Wittmann is one step closer to winning the DTM title after he has won the race 1 at Nurburgring and with three races remaining, he has a solid advantage in the overall standings.
Mercedes driver Lucas Auer had a fastest lap time in qualifying but had to serve a five-place grid penalty, so Marco Wittmann started from pole position. He was followed by another BMW driver Tom Blomqvist and two Audis of Jamie Green and Edoardo Mortara, while Daniel Juncadella at the 5th was the best placed Mercedes driver.
The championship leader Wittmann had a comfortable 2.5s lead while Mortara moved up to the 3rd and desperately tried to overtake Blomqvist. The two had some big battles and contacts but both were able to continue the race. Behind them, there were also some incidents and after one of them, so Bruno Spengler, who was running 6th, got a drive-through penalty, just like Timo Scheider who was on P11. However, Juncadella was the biggest loser of the moment as he dropped to the back of the grid after one of the incidents.
Wittmann calmly brought the race to the end, claiming his third win of the season and eighth in DTM career. Blomqvist defended the 2nd place while Green late in the race managed to overtake Mortara for the 3rd. Timo Glock finished 5th while the remaining points went to Paul Di Resta, Lucas Auer, Maxime Martin, Robert Wickens, and Maxi Gotz.
The DTM race 2 of the season’s penultimate round will go on Sunday, 15:10 CET.