DTM Hockenheim: Audi's Mortara wins first race at Hockenheim

Edoardo Mortara eased to victory in the first DTM race of the season at Hockeheim on Saturday afternoon to give Audi a dream start to the 2016 campaign

DTM Hockenheim: Audi's Mortara wins first race at Hockenheim

Mortara took the lead into Turn 1 from Audi team-mate Nico Muller and he controlled the race from there, with Mercedes' Robert Wickens coming home second.

The Canadian gave chase but he couldn't close the gap quickly enough, and Mortara went on to win his fourth DTM race.

Pole-sitter Muller finished third for his first DTM podium, while Paul di Resta made a late move on his Mercedes team-mate Christian Vietoris to take fourth.

At the start, Mortara flew off the line and took the lead into Turn 1, leaving Muller to fend off Wickens and Jamie Green.

Wickens eventually forced his way past Muller and, although he marginally closed up on Mortara, he was too far back to make a move.

It wasn't all good news for Audi though, as Green and Mike Rockenfeller hit problems in the opening laps, leaving Audi with just two of the top eight finishers after it had four of the top five in qualifying.

Green, starting fourth, was forced off the track on the opening lap as he tried go round the outside of Wickens and he re-joined 16th.

But contact in a congested midfield cost him dearly as he was handed a drive-through penalty for causing a collision and he ultimately finished 15th.

Meanwhile, Rockenfeller was forced out of the race with a suspected suspension problem in his 100th DTM race.

Further back, an early collision ended Timo Glock and Daniel Juncadella's race as the Spaniard attempted a bold move into the final stadium section.

But he was too far back to realistically make it stick and he took Glock into the gravel trap.

Bruno Spengler was the highest BMW finisher in sixth ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa, who was involved in a terrific fight with Gary Paffett and Mattias Ekstrom.

Ekstrom was the third highest Audi in ninth, while Paffett's battered Mercedes came home 11th behind Miguel Molina.

RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 25 42m11.606s
2 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 25 1.657s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 25 4.454s
4 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 25 8.818s
5 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 25 10.192s
6 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 25 20.097s
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 25 35.882s
8 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 25 41.360s
9 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 25 46.455s
10 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 25 47.198s
11 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 25 52.832s
12 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 25 55.137s
13 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 25 55.530s
14 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 25 1m08.466s
15 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 25 1m09.184s
16 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 25 1m10.496s
17 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 20 5 Laps
- Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 6 Retirement
- Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 4 Retirement
- Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 3 Retirement
- Timo Glock RMG BMW 2 Retirement
- Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 2 Retirement
- Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 2 Retirement
- Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1 Retirement


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