DTM: Double triumph for Mercedes at Nürburgring
For Wickens, it’s the first win of the season and his sixth DTM win in a career. Lucas Auer returned to the game in the battle for the DTM title after he won Saturday’s race which he started from pole. His third victory of the season moved him from sixth to second in the drivers’ standings.
The first race was a complete success for Mercedes-AMG DTM Team as their four drivers took first four positions. Paul Di Resta and Robert Wickens climbed to a podium next to a race winner Lucas Auer, Maro Engel finished fourth.
Rene Rast finished as the best-placed Audi driver in fifth ahead of his fellow Audi driver Jamie Green. Augusto Farfus, who led the race in the opening stages, finished eighth as the best-placed BMW driver, behind Edoardo Mortara. Marco Wittmann (BMW) and Gary Paffett (Mercedes) took the last points on P9 and P10.
The 13th race of the DTM season was a real tyre lottery. After a heavy downpour just before the start, the track dried out until the halfway point of the race. At that time, some drivers opted to change to slick tyres while others stayed out with rain tyres. The championship leader Mattias Ekström was one of the drivers who made unlucky choice to slick tyres, being forced to make a second pit stop because of new rain.
Ekström finished 15th in the race but remained in the lead, just one point ahead of Auer. Rast was third with 124 points.
In the second race, Ekström was the only of championship front-runners to score points so he extended his lead. He finished sixth in the race in which Mercedes triumphed again.
Marco Wittmann (BMW) started from pole and fought for the lead against Paul Di Resta in the first part of the race. After all drivers made their mandatory pitstops, Robert Wickens was in front, ahead Wittmann and Di Resta. The British driver progressed for one place to score another second-place finish in two days.