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DTM Nurburgring: Audi's Mortara beats Mercedes' Auer to victory

Audi's Edoardo Mortara claimed his third victory of the DTM season from sixth on the grid at the Nurburgring, after a tense battle with Mercedes' Lucas Auer

The Italian passed Audi team-mate Jamie Green and BMW man Augusto Farfus at the start to move up to fourth, before excellent pace ahead of his pitstop helped him leapfrog Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler and Marco Wittmann.

Mortara opted to pit much later than his fellow podium finishers, coming in on lap 28 as opposed to early stops on lap 17 for Auer and Wittmann.

Polesitter Auer led Wittmann during the first phase but as the pitstops shuffled the field, Mortara emerged ahead of the BMW driver to present a new challenge.

Mortara's much fresher rubber at the end of the race enabled him to close up to Auer by the end of lap 32, and with a little help from DRS, he got the move done into the Turn 1.

The fight for third place intensified as the race drew to a close, with Mattias Ekstrom - who started 10th on the grid - zeroing in on Wittmann.

Ekstrom got into DRS range with just one lap to go, but ultimately ran out of time to catch the points leader, and finished fourth, while Nico Muller made it three Audis inside the top five.

Spengler, Gary Paffett, Blomqvist, Daniel Juncadella and Miguel Molina rounded out the top 10.

Wittmann's main championship rivals Robert Wickens and Green finished well outside the points in 14th and 17th, ensuring that the German retains the lead despite Mortara's victory.

Green looked set to score points, but when he exited the pits on lap 24 he did so right into the path of Paffett, sending his fellow Brit into a spin.

Paffett eventually recovered to finish seventh, but Green was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty for the collision.

Paul di Resta was the only retirement of the race; he collided with Timo Glock at the start after being blocked on the inside by Timo Scheider.

Glock dropped to the back of the field, and while he was able to recover to 15th place, di Resta was forced out with broken steering.

RESULTS - 43 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1h01m31.597s
2 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 3.726s
3 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 7.526s
4 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 7.849s
5 Nico Muller Abt Audi 9.182s
6 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 11.812s
7 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 18.973s
8 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 20.895s
9 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 21.826s
10 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 27.220s
11 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 27.931s
12 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 31.430s
13 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 32.446s
14 Timo Glock RMG BMW 34.178s
15 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 37.429s
16 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 40.173s
17 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 40.957s
18 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 45.546s
19 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 54.822s
20 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 54.909s
21 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 1m00.006s
22 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m00.571s
23 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 1m13.880s
- Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes Retirement


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