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Hockenheim DTM: Mercedes' Auer resists ex-F1 driver Glock's BMW

Lucas Auer produced a staunch late defence to win the first DTM race of the 2017 season at Hockenheim from ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock

Auer had started the race from pole and led comfortably for Mercedes in the early stages, but had to survive a late assault from BMW driver Glock to claim his second win in the series.

Glock was able to slot into third off the line by jumping ahead of Mercedes new boy Edoardo Mortara before clearing Gary Paffett's Mercedes for second a lap later.

But despite getting clear Glock could not keep pace with Auer in the opening stint, the Austrian advancing as far as nine seconds up the road from the chasing pack as Glock came under increasing pressure from behind.

Having withstood a couple of half-lunges from Paffett, Glock was able to claw back some of his deficit to Auer before the pair both opted to stop on lap 17 of 36 and made up further ground when Auer was delayed slightly while exiting his pitbox.

Glock's hopes of challenging for victory looked to have been dashed as he was overtaken on his lap out of the pits by Mike Rockenfeller - the Audi driver having pitted early out of sequence to elevate himself into a net second place.

But Team RMG driver Glock fought his way back past at the two-thirds distance and, when Mattias Ekstrom and Loic Duval eventually pitted from first and second, set about chasing down Auer.

With five laps remaining Glock had wrestled his way to within DRS range of Auer and wasted no time in trying to startle the long-time leader, harrying the Mercedes man from the Parabolika to the stadium section.

That trend continued, but Auer was wise to Glock's advances and quickly shut down any attacks.

The pair made slight contact at the hairpin on the penultimate lap but held station, before Glock eventually ceded his chase - crossing the line 1.942s down.

Rockenfeller had briefly flirted with the lead battle once more as the front two squabbled, but spent the final lap resisting Mortara to claim his first podium since the 2015 season - a fine return from 16th on the grid.

Behind Mortara, 17th-placed starter Ekstrom was another big mover on his way to fifth, as was Rene Rast.

On his first start as a full-time driver for Audi, Rast picked his way through the field - including a brilliant pass on Paul di Resta at the hairpin and subsequent brusque defence of the place - to claim sixth ahead of Paffett and di Resta.

Nico Muller and 2016 DTM champion Marco Wittmann completed the points.

RESULTS - 36 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 57m23.598s
2 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1.942s
3 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 3.351s
4 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 3.984s
5 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 4.275s
6 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 5.855s
7 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 6.956s
8 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 13.648s
9 Nico Muller Abt Audi 17.510s
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 19.190s
11 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 20.800s
12 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 21.504s
13 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 25.351s
14 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 34.343s
15 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 43.948s
16 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 44.956s
17 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 51.525s
18 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m02.944s


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