DTM Brands Hatch: Mercedes' Juncadella wins race one, Farfus second

Mercedes' Daniel Juncadella recovered from a poor getaway from pole position to claim his first DTM victory in Saturday's opening race at Brands Hatch

DTM Brands Hatch: Mercedes' Juncadella wins race one, Farfus second

Juncadella dropped to third off the line, but regained second in the pitstop phase then overtook Lucas Auer as the early leader emerged from the pits to reclaim a net lead before easing away at the front of the field.

Auer leapt into first at the start, with Audi driver Rene Rast following him through into second around the outside of Juncadella at Paddock Hill Bend and Druids after the polesitter had bogged down.

But Juncadella was handed second back almost immediately when Rast - who won the most recent race at Zandvoort last month - dived for the pits at the end of the opening lap.

He set about chasing down Auer after an early slow zone period, which was in place to allow for Loic Duval's beached Audi RS5 to be recovered from the Druids gravel trap.

Juncadella then pitted at the end of lap seven, emerging ahead of the earlier stopping BMW of Augusto Farfus, and two laps later he dived past Auer at the Graham Hill Bend left-hander to snatch back the de facto lead after the Austrian's pitstop.

Farfus also made it past Auer off the corner, but could not match the pace of Juncadella in the second half of the race - leaving the 2012 European Formula 3 champion clear to claim his first victory in his 67th DTM start.

From fifth on the grid, Farfus claimed his first podium of the season with a typically combative drive - passing fellow BMW driver Philipp Eng for fourth at Westfield on the opening lap, then jumping Rast in the pits before making his overtake on Auer.

Auer did hold on for third, finishing two seconds clear of Rast, while Eng completed the top five in his Team RMR BMW after resisting late pressure from Gary Paffett.

Championship leader Paffett closed in on Eng rapidly in the closing stages, but could not find a way past despite a handful of looks at passing at Paddock Hill bend.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein was seventh ahead of Edoardo Mortara - the pair running furthest of all before making their mandatory stops - while double champion Marco Wittmann was ninth, more than half a minute behind Juncadella.

Mike Rockenfeller scored the final point with a late overtake on Robin Frijns, after earlier completing a brilliant double overtake on Timo Glock and Jamie Green at Hawthorns.

Green also passed Frijns on the final lap but missed out on the points at his home race by 2.4 seconds.

Mercedes' other title hopeful Paul di Resta was a subdued 16th of the 17 cars that finished the race.

Result - 41 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 57m15.601s -
2 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 57m23.497s 7.896s
3 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 57m25.641s 10.040s
4 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 57m30.324s 14.723s
5 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 57m39.147s 23.546s
6 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 57m39.534s 23.933s
7 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 57m40.827s 25.226s
8 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 57m43.129s 27.528s
9 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 57m47.240s 31.639s
10 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 57m49.006s 33.405s
11 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 57m51.423s 35.822s
12 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 57m53.024s 37.423s
13 Timo Glock RMR BMW 57m57.208s 41.607s
14 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 57m58.339s 42.738s
15 Nico Muller Abt Audi 57m59.077s 43.476s
16 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 58m01.950s 46.349s
17 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 58m10.789s 55.188s
- Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m58.713s Retirement

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