DTM Nurburgring: Rene Rast completes clean sweep in race two

Defending champion Rene Rast doubled up to make it a clean sweep of pole positions and race wins in his Audi RS5 DTM at the Nurburgring

DTM Nurburgring: Rene Rast completes clean sweep in race two

Rast held the lead from pole after holding off Gary Paffett, but he left space for an opportunistic dive down the outside from Lucas Auer, who rose from fifth on the grid to edge ahead before Rast cut him off at Turn 1's exit.

From there Rast pulled clear of Auer until a divebomb from Timo Glock at the hard-braking point of Turn 1's apex led to the BMW hitting the side of Auer and forcing him into a spin.

Glock was hit with a drive through penalty as Auer plummeted through the field, allowing Paffett back into the role of Rast's main rival.

Paffett, who held the points lead coming into the race, suffered a slow pitstop that removed him from winning contention and down into the midfield.

That opened up a new battle for best of the rest, as Bruno Spengler eventually lost out to Paul di Resta in the second stint as the BMW grappled with cold tyres following his pitstop one lap after the Mercedes driver.

Now in free air, di Resta was able to close within five seconds of the unchallenged Rast to finish second.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann also made short work of Spengler to take the final podium spot.

Paffett's recovery drive could only reach as high as fifth place, dispatching Joel Eriksson, but running out of time to close on Spengler. The Mercedes driver's points lead over team-mate di Resta is now just two points.

Philipp Eng had started the race third on the grid after narrowly missing out on pole, but was shuffled back in the early part of the race and could only finish seventh.

BMW's Augusto Farfus was eighth ahead of Mercedes man Pascal Wehrlein.

Wehrlein came under investigation twice during his many battles in the midfield scrap.

He was first placed under scrutiny as he cut across the final chicane after a botched move on Nico Muller and was then given a warning for pushing the Audi driver off-track as he finally got the position. Muller would fall to 14th at the flag in a late collapse from the fringes of the top 10.

Audi's Robin Frijns was 10th after he again started near the rear of the field - this time 17th - and climbed up the order by virtue of a late pitstop, coming on lap 26 of 40.

Edoardo Mortara used a similar strategy to rise from 18th to 11th.

Loic Duval was 12th ahead of Mike Rockenfeller after the former created a train for sixth place before he spun and progressively fell down the order.

Jamie Green was 15th after a failed gamble of stopping on the first lap of the race to run a long second stint.

Auer would retire late from the race, joined by Dani Juncadella after the Mercedes driver ran wide at Turn 7 and onto the grass, picking up damage to his car.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 40 57m17.440s
2 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 40 2.739s
3 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 40 3.439s
4 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 40 5.643s
5 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 40 7.177s
6 Joel Eriksson RBM BMW 40 7.862s
7 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 40 14.802s
8 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 40 16.174s
9 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 40 30.606s
10 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 40 30.903s
11 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 40 34.347s
12 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 40 36.185s
13 Nico Muller Abt Audi 40 36.445s
14 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 40 1m02.439s
15 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 40 1m03.843s
16 Timo Glock RMR BMW 40 1m16.234s
17 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 38 Not running
18 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 33 Not running


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