DTM: Wickens secured second victory for Mercedes at Norisring
Robert Wickens is the winner of the second DTM race at Norisring. It was another successful day for Mercedes as Christian Vietoris finished second, while BMW’s Bruno Spengler was third after dramatic finish.
It was perfect day for racing in Nuremberg as the weather was nice and track dry, so huge number of fans could really enjoy in an interesting race.
Gary Paffett had a best start as he jumped from 11th to 7th place, Saturday’s winner Pascal Wehrlein moved up to sixth, while at the top of the grid standings remained unchanged with Bruno Spengler as a leader and Robert Wickens and Christian Vietoris behind him. After just two laps Mike Rockenfeller, Augusto Farfus and Maximilian Gotz all were out of the race due to technical reasons and they soon were accompanied by Timo Glock as he lost a part of his BMW, which was followed by safety car employment.
Spengler obviously had some problems with his BMW as he dropped four places in lap 15. Now Canadian Wickens was on top followed by another two Mercedes drivers – Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer, while Mattias Ekstrom was fourth in Audi. Former champion from Sweden overtook Auer in lap 17 which was morale boost for he and his team after disappointing performance day earlier.
Nothing really important had happened until drivers went into the mandatory pit for a tyres change. Auer had to serve five seconds penalty and dropped down to 12th position. Robert Wickens still was first followed by Vietoris and Ekstrom, with Spengler fourth and Wehrlein on fifth place, but he was on constant pressure by Paul Di Resta.
With five minutes to go, Wickens had an advantage of more than five seconds. Vietoris was comfortable on second, while Bruno Spengler moved up to third in the penultimate round after he managed to pass Mattias Ekstrom who finished fourth. Five Mercedes drivers finished at position from five to nine – Pascal Wehrlein, Paul Di Resta, Gary Paffett, Daniel Juncadella and Lucas Auer, while Maxime Martin in BMW won one point as he finished on 10th place.