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Tomczyk wins as Audi dominates

Martin TomczykMartin Tomczyk capped a dominant weekend by leading home an Audi lockout of the top four places in the DTM race at the Nurburgring.

The pole-sitting German led his Abt Sportsline team-mates Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom by a narrow margin throughout the race, but he was never under any serious pressure.

The three 2009-spec Audis cruised away from the field as soon as Ekstrom and Scheider had disposed of Bruno Spengler on the opening lap, and their tussle with the Mercedes driver enabled Markus Winkelhock to sneak into a fourth place that he would easily hold to the finish.

Spengler eventually fell behind Jamie Green's one-year-old car as well during the final round of pit stops, and he only just held onto sixth place ahead of Ralf Schumacher, who had a solid run to seventh place.

The ex-Formula 1 driver was the fastest of the 2009-spec Mercedes in the latter stages of the race, enabling him to close on Spengler while pulling away from Gary Paffett, who took the final point.

The British driver has fallen behind Scheider and Ekstrom in the championship, as he could only salvage a point after recovering from a collision with Katherine Legge on the opening lap.

While Paffett was coming back through the field, there were some dramatic incidents ahead of him. Paul di Resta was forced to retire when his rear wing came off at high speed just before the first corner, while Phoenix Audi team-mates Oliver Jarvis and Alexandre Premat lost points-paying positions when the Frenchman slammed into the side of the Brit under braking at the same place, forcing both to retire.


Pos Driver               Car             Time/Gap
 1. Martin Tomczyk       Audi        1h10m19.195s
 2. Timo Scheider        Audi             +1.205s
 3. Mattias Ekstrom      Audi             +2.969s
 4. Markus Winkelhock    Audi            +16.029s
 5. Jamie Green          Mercedes        +23.349s
 6. Bruno Spengler       Mercedes        +27.502s
 7. Ralf Schumacher      Mercedes        +28.096s
 8. Gary Paffett         Mercedes        +35.719s
 9. Mathias Lauda        Mercedes        +42.148s
10. Mike Rockenfeller    Audi          +1m06.232s
11. Susie Stoddart       Mercedes      +1m09.555s
12. Maro Engel           Mercedes      +1m12.325s
13. Christian Bakkerud   Audi             +1 laps
14. Johannes Seidlitz    Audi             +1 laps
15. Tomas Kostka         Audi             +1 laps

Retirements

    Paul di Resta        Mercedes         15 laps
    Tom Kristensen       Audi             13 laps
    Alexandre Prémat     Audi              7 laps
    Oliver Jarvis        Audi              6 laps
    Katherine Legge      Audi              0 laps

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