DTM Hungaroring: Edoardo Mortara closes on points lead with win

Edoardo Mortara boosted his DTM title hopes with a fourth win of the season at the Hungaroring, his second victory in as many races

DTM Hungaroring: Edoardo Mortara closes on points lead with win

Having claimed his first pole of the season earlier on Saturday, Mortara led from lights to flag at the Hungaroring to reduce his deficit to points leader Marco Wittmann, eventually winning by 1.090 seconds ahead of Jamie Green.

Any thoughts of Mortara losing his lead were quickly dispelled as the Italian made a stunning start away from the grid, as Green protected his second place from fellow Audi driver Miguel Molina.

Green, fourth in the championship, stayed with the leader for the majority of the race to prove he had the pace to challenge for victory, but never looked like attacking Audi's lead title hope and eased off in the final laps.

That allowed Mortara to stroke his RS5 home in the final laps to claim his sixth victory in the DTM since joining the grid in 2011.

Abt driver Molina clinched third with a comfortable enough margin over Mike Rockenfeller, who secured his best result of 2016 by some distance in fourth.

Nico Muller repassed Adrien Tambay for fifth in one of the race's few significant overtakes after the start, with Tambay rounding out an Audi top six as the marque's drivers made the most of a significant weight break compared to Mercedes and BMW.

Championship leader Wittmann did a fine job of damage limitation, bringing his Team RMG BMW M4 best of the non-Audis in seventh.

Wittmann made the most of a strong getaway to jump up ahead of Audi drivers Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom and Mercedes' Felix Rosenqvist, and held station thereafter to pick up six points from 10th on the grid.

The German did however have his lead cut from 33 points to 14, with Sunday's second Hungaroring race and the two season-ending affairs at the Hockenheim to come.

Fresh from the announcement that he would complete the season with the ART Mercedes team, Rosenqvist claimed his best finish since replacing F1-bound Esteban Ocon at Moscow Raceway with eighth, ahead of Scheider.

Like Wittmann, Mercedes' title hopeful Robert Wickens made the most of a fast start to haul himself into the points in 10th, advancing from 17th on the grid.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 26 42m20.736s
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 26 1.090s
3 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 26 9.240s
4 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 26 10.602s
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 26 11.535s
6 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 26 21.045s
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 26 23.177s
8 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 26 24.729s
9 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 26 25.754s
10 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 26 26.916s
11 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 26 29.399s
12 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 26 32.843s
13 Timo Glock RMG BMW 26 34.316s
14 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 26 36.197s
15 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 26 37.259s
16 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 26 44.405s
17 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 26 45.334s
18 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 26 50.675s
19 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 26 53.287s
20 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 26 54.002s
21 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 26 55.420s
22 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 26 1m03.546s
23 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 26 1m24.939s
- Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 11 Retirement


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