Flawless Di Resta wins DTM race 2 at Hockenheim
Mercedes driver Paul Di Resta did a fantastic job to win the DTM race 2 at Hockenheim, in front of almost 80.000 spectators. He was the leader of the race from the start to the finish and never was really put under pressure.
The Scotsman was a pole sitter and had an excellent start. Maxime Martin overtook Augusto Farfus to take the second place while Gary Paffett moved up to third, leaving a Brazilian in BMW at the fourth position. In the middle of the grid, two separate incidents forced Esteban Ocon, Bruno Spengler, and vice-champion Jamie Green to retire. Saturday’s race winner Edoardo Mortara also was involved but he managed to continue the race.
BMW and Mercedes’s cars dominated early stage of the race while Audi was in trouble as their best-placed driver was Nico Muller at 10th place. Before the pit window was opened, Farfus moved up to third while Mortara managed to jump from 21st to 14th place, to stay in the battle for points but before hi went to mandatory pit-stop, a window on his Audi dislodged and he dropped again.
Paffett was penalized with drive-through after pit-stop because of unsafe release, what allowed Martin to retake third place, behind Di Resta and Farfus. But, a Belgian didn’t stay there for a long after Timo Glock overtook him. Former Formula 1 driver continued to push hard and soon he was ahead of Farfus.
At the end, Di Resta won the race ahead of Glock while Farfus finished third. Martin had to settle for fourth, Paffett did a great job late in the race to move up to fifth while Robert Wickens was sixth, just ahead of Tom Blomqvist. Nico Muller at the eighth place was the only Audi driver who scored points on Sunday.