Wickens easily wins DTM race 1 at Zandvoort
Mercedes driver Robert Wickens won the DTM race 1 at Zandvoort Circuit after leading from start to finish.
Mercedes dominated in qualifying, having three cars in the two front rows. Robert Wickens won the pole position, Marco Wittmann in BMW was second while behind them were Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett. Jamie Green at the fifth place was the best-placed Audi driver.
Unfortunately, the safety car was deployed on lap 2 after Maximilian Gotz’s and Adrien Tambay’s cars were damaged in the collision, but Martin Tomczyk was the one who caused the accident and was penalized with a drive-through.
While at the top of the grid we couldn’t see anything exciting, in the middle was more interesting after Juncadella, Ocon, Martin, and Bruno Spengler battled for the places in the points zone. Audi struggled through the whole day and the things became even worse when Edoardo Mortara and Nico Muller got drive-through penalties after slow zone infringement 15 minutes before the end.
There was a bit more of action n the last couple of minutes. Paffett managed to overtake Vietoris for the third but soon they again switched positions while Da Costa defended well all the attacks made by Ekstrom in the battle for the sixth position. However, Wickens’ lead never was in doubt and the Canadian scored his first win this season, finishing more than seven seconds ahead of the championship leader Marco Wittmann and almost nine seconds ahead of Vietoris.
Gary Paffett had to settle for the fourth, Jamie Green finished fifth while the remaining points went to Antonio Felix Da Costa, Mattias Ekstrom, Daniel Juncadella, Esteban Ocon (his first points in DTM) and Maxime Martin.
The DTM race 2 at Zandvoort starts on Sunday 13:40 CET.