DTM Hungaroring: Di Resta opens 2018 account with race one victory

Paul di Resta converted his pole position into victory in the Saturday DTM race at the Hungaroring, half a second ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Lucas Auer

DTM Hungaroring: Di Resta opens 2018 account with race one victory

Starting from pole, Di Resta led off the line with Auer temporarily stealing second place from Nico Muller at Turn 2 before the Audi driver fought back a corner later.

Both di Resta and Muller built a lead of around a second in the next five laps when Auer pitted.

Di Resta only reacted three laps later and, although he rejoined ahead despite a sluggish stop, Auer on warmer tyres easily overtook him at Turn 2.

Muller changed tyres a lap later and despite leading out of the pits, Auer was again able to make a move.

Di Resta followed past Muller shortly afterwards, their battle allowing Auer to lead by over two seconds.

However the Scotsman quickly closed in on his teammate and Auer did not resist when Di Resta moved past him before Turn 2.

With his lead not in danger for the last 15 minutes, Di Resta took the chequered flag in Hungary for the second year in a row and gave Mercedes its fourth win in five races this year.

Behind Auer, Muller beat fellow Audi man Rene Rast for the final podium position.

Rast was second behind Mercedes driver Edoardo Mortara when the leading trio pitted and, after both he and the Italian also changed tyres, the reigning champion took the position with a forceful move.

Gary Paffett progressed from ninth on the grid to finish sixth and reclaimed the championship lead from Timo Glock, who managed only 14th on a disappointing weekend for BMW.

Audi pair Robin Frijns and Loic Duval stayed out significantly longer than the rest of the field and enjoyed superior pace in the dying stages of the race to end up seventh and eighth.

Fellow Audi driver Jamie Green took ninth using the opposite strategy of pitting on the opening lap.

He was closely followed by Daniel Juncadella, who fended off the third late-pitting Audi of Mike Rockenfeller for 10th.

BMW's best-placed driver, Bruno Spengler, could only manage 12th, following Green's ploy of pitting on the first lap of the race.

The rest of the Munich manufacturer's line-up filled the final five positions.

Race result - 34 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 57m13.199s
2 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 0.587s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 2.236s
4 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 2.898s
5 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 6.695s
6 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 12.166s
7 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 15.009s
8 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 22.754s
9 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 25.829s
10 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 26.844s
11 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 27.249s
12 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 34.140s
13 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 37.007s
14 Timo Glock RMR BMW 38.689s
15 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 39.001s
16 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 39.510s
17 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 40.534s
18 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 46.994s
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