Hockenheim DTM: Mattias Ekstrom wins race two for Audi in rain

Mattias Ekstrom mastered a wet Hockenheim to claim a commanding Sunday victory and complete Audi's clean sweep of the DTM season opener

Hockenheim DTM: Mattias Ekstrom wins race two for Audi in rain

The two-time champion started second and grabbed the lead initially, before being passed by Marco Wittmann at the hairpin on the opening lap.

He got back past on lap four, then built an advantage nearing three seconds, as light rain began to fall, and was 4.5s clear by the time it was heavy enough to pit for wets, 20 minutes into the hour-long race.

However, Ekstrom stopped a lap after Edoardo Mortara, who capitalised and claimed the lead.

It didn't take Ekstrom long to get back past, and over the second half of the race he cruised to an eventual 7.3s victory.

Mortara was second and leaves with the championship lead, while Gary Paffett claimed his first podium since winning at the Lausitzring in June 2013 with third.

After qualifying eighth, Paffett was sent to the rear of the grid when stewards discovered the spacer required to block DRS during qualifying wasn't installed on his Mercedes.

The 2005 champion's race came alive in the wet, and he combined strong pace with forceful overtaking moves to pick his way through the field. He was just 0.8s behind Mortara at the flag.

His Saturday nemesis, Martin Tomczyk, was fourth, ahead of BMW's Wittmann, polesitter Mike Rockenfeller and Robert Wickens.

Pascal Wehrlein was the best of the Saturday podium finishers in eighth.

A day after claiming his first win for Audi, Jamie Green was unable to make major inroads from 17th on the grid and finished 13th, while Paul di Resta was 22nd and last of the runners, having been turned around mid-race by Nico Muller.

RESULTS - 35 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1h02m43.856s
2 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 7.361s
3 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 8.171s
4 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 18.785s
5 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 28.929s
6 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 29.819s
7 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 30.678s
8 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 34.085s
9 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 38.929s
10 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 39.812s
11 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 42.630s
12 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 46.180s
13 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 48.527s
14 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 49.838s
15 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 50.379s
16 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 53.207s
17 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 1m06.932s
18 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m11.439s
19 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m12.182s
20 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 1m21.578s
21 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m24.372s
22 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m34.157s
- Adrien Tambay Abt Audi Retirement
- Lucas Auer ART Mercedes Not started

POINTS

Pos Driver Points
1 Edoardo Mortara 30
2 Mattias Ekstrom 25
3 Jamie Green 25
4 Pascal Wehrlein 22
5 Mike Rockenfeller 18
6 Paul Di Resta 15
7 Gary Paffett 15
8 Martin Tomczyk 12
9 Marco Wittmann 12
10 Nico Muller 8
11 Maxime Martin 6
12 Robert Wickens 6
13 Timo Glock 5
14 Bruno Spengler 2
15 Augusto Farfus 1


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