DTM Lausitz: Gary Paffett wins race two, Glock keeps points lead

Gary Paffett took a dominant victory in the second Lausitz DTM race of the weekend for Mercedes, as ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock maintained his championship lead with fifth

DTM Lausitz: Gary Paffett wins race two, Glock keeps points lead

Starting from third on the grid, Paffett made the most of a botched move by his team-mate Pascal Wehrlein at Turn 1 on polesitter Philipp Eng, diving up the inside of Wehrlein as Eng had pushed him wide.

By lap four of 33 Paffett was into the lead and past Eng, as the rookie's race pace didn't match his brilliant morning qualifying time.

Wehrlein was the second to pass, and then Marco Wittmann also made a move a short time later.

The only question remaining for Paffett was which tyre strategy would work best. He elected to pit early, and it looked to be the right choice after the stops had cycled through, with Wittmann jumping Wehrlein in the process.

But with three minutes remaining Wittmann had what looked like an unassailable lead down to 1.5s.

Paffett responded with a faster lap with three tours to go to extend the lead, which Wittmann closed down again next time around, but not enough to usurp Paffett, who took his second win of the season.

Wittmann scored his best result of the season so far with second, driving away from Wehrlein with relative ease after the stops.

An incredible race for Paul di Resta enabled the Scot to take fourth from 15th on the grid.

At the track where he scored his first series win in 2008, di Resta's early stop paid dividends.

Glock had to fight his way through the top 10 after a later pitstop than the likes of Paffett. He passed Eng, Jamie Green, Mike Rockenfeller and Joel Eriksson to secure fifth, enough to protect his points lead over Paffett.

Green had an equally impressive race as di Resta. With Audi struggling for race and qualifying pace, Green started 16th, and pitted on the first lap. He made his tyres last, and even passed Eng on the last lap with 33 lap-old tyres to score what felt like a victory for the Brit.

Eng can take solace in his best weekend in DTM so far, but will be disappointed with seventh from pole, as he struggled to make his BMW work in the race.

Mike Rockenfeller made it two Audis in the top 10 for the first time over the weekend in eighth, while Robin Frijns rounded out the top 10.

Sandwiched between them was Eriksson, who never lost his cool despite being harried by race one winner Edoardo Mortara at multiple points during the race.

Mortara twice had to hand back spots to Eriksson for pushing him off the track at Turn 1, and locked up and headed into the pitlane entry to avoid him at another point. Mortara could only fight back to 11th.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 34 57m27.909s
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 34 1.427s
3 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 34 8.602s
4 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 34 17.891s
5 Timo Glock RMR BMW 34 19.061s
6 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 34 23.243s
7 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 34 24.292s
8 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 34 24.631s
9 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 34 27.050s
10 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 34 30.992s
11 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 34 32.458s
12 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 34 32.803s
13 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 34 33.304s
14 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 34 38.266s
15 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 34 38.526s
16 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 34 40.550s
17 Nico Muller Abt Audi 34 41.673s

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Timo Glock 72
2 Gary Paffett 71
3 Pascal Wehrlein 39
4 Edoardo Mortara 37
5 Lucas Auer 33
6 Paul Di Resta 28
7 Marco Wittmann 26
8 Philipp Eng 26
9 Bruno Spengler 23
10 Mike Rockenfeller 22
11 Joel Eriksson 15
12 Loic Duval 11
13 Rene Rast 10
14 Jamie Green 8
15 Daniel Juncadella 4
16 Augusto Farfus 2
17 Robin Frijns 1
18 Nico Muller 0


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