DTM Hungaroring: Wittmann prevails in chaotic race two

Marco Wittmann salvaged a disastrous weekend for BMW by winning a chaotic Sunday DTM race at the Hungaroring, which was red-flagged when several pitlane incidents left marshals and mechanics injured

DTM Hungaroring: Wittmann prevails in chaotic race two

Light rain started falling shortly after the start but, with conditions not changing drastically, the majority of the field decided to stay out.

However as the conditions suddenly worsened, polesitter Lucas Auer dived into the pits but couldn't stop his Mercedes and slid into the pit building, as well as a couple of marshals.

As more people pitted a lap later, Edoardo Mortara hit his pit gantry which fell onto his car, and Bruno Spengler sent several mechanics flying.

As two ambulances drove into the pitlane, the race was subsequently red-flagged.

Auer had led an all-Mercedes top six at the original start, before being overtaken by Pascal Wehrlein as track conditions became greasy.

With Auer, race one winner Paul Di Resta and Mortara all pitting before the red flag, the three remaining Mercedes cars of Wehrlein, Gary Paffett and Daniel Juncadella led after the restart.

In almost completely dry conditions, Paffett, running on wet tyres, instantly started to drop down the field and ran as low as 17th before pitting.

Paffett's woes allowed Wehrlein to build a gap, but Juncadella rapidly closed in and got past at Turn 1.

The duo was followed by Nico Muller and Jamie Green, the last drivers yet to pit, with Philipp Eng at the head of a queue of BMW drivers, including Wittmann, Timo Glock and Joel Eriksson.

Juncadella pitted with eight minutes on the clock, but rejoined well down the order and finished out of the points in 14th.

Wittmann, having passed Eng, took over the lead once all the stops had been completed and took his first win of the season ahead of Glock, who recovered from being spun around by Muller at the original start.

With Paffett finishing last, Glock reclaimed the championship lead with an 11-point gap.

Eng completed an all-BMW podium, as he held off a late charge from Audi's Mike Rockenfeller.

Di Resta gained several positions late on to take fifth, ahead of the BMWs of Eriksson, Spengler and Augusto Farfus.

With visible bodywork damage on the front nose section of his car, Auer had to settle for ninth, ahead of Mortara.

Race result - 26 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1h17m50.129s
2 Timo Glock RMR BMW 5.870s
3 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 13.457s
4 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 13.937s
5 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 16.276s
6 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 20.446s
7 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 21.464s
8 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 23.350s
9 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 23.772s
10 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 24.263s
11 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 24.580s
12 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 25.185s
13 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 27.098s
14 Nico Muller Abt Audi 54.865s
15 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m15.907s
- Bruno Spengler RBM BMW Disqualified
- Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes Disqualified
- Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes Disqualified


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