Hockenheim DTM: Mortara wins season finale but Wittmann takes title

Edoardo Mortara took a superb win for Audi in the final race of the DTM season at Hockenheim, but could not prevent Marco Wittmann from wrapping up his second crown

Hockenheim DTM: Mortara wins season finale but Wittmann takes title

Starting sixth, Mortara dropped back off the line but advanced from seventh at Turn 1 into the lead during a sensational opening six laps of racing.

Poleman Antonio Felix da Costa led in his BMW from the Mercedes of Gary Paffett, but their brusque early fight ended in dramatic fashion at the Mercedes Arena on the fourth lap.

Briton Paffett tagged the back of the Portuguese - who will not return to the series next year - as he was sweeping across to take the racing line, sending the BMW spinning off.

Paffett was given a drive-through penalty for the move, promoting Wittmann to a brief lead ahead of Mortara - who had passed Robert Wickens, Maxime Martin and Tom Blomqvist during the first two laps.

Wittmann's lead lasted just half a lap, Mortara forcing the German to defend the inside of the Spitzkehre and then getting the cutback on the exit to move into the lead.

Italian Mortara then built a 6.5-second lead over Wittmann by the time they simultaneously made late pitstops on lap 23 of the 39-lap race.

Once they had resumed Wittmann was only 5.1s adrift of leader Mortara, but crucially he was down in seventh behind the yet-to-stop Audis of Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller, and earlier pitters Christian Vietoris (Mercedes), Blomqvist (BMW) and Paul di Resta (Mercedes).

Wittmann knew that fifth would be good enough for the title, and knowing that Rockenfeller and Muller would be taken out of the equation he was effectively secure on the road.

He tentatively tried to pass di Resta twice at Spitzkehre, but the Scot wasn't budging and held firm.

Sure enough, once Rockenfeller and Muller were out of the way it was Vietoris second from di Resta and Wittmann, as Blomqvist gradually fell back behind BMW stablemates Martin and Timo Glock.

Mortara extended his lead as far as 6.1s, before bringing his Abt Audi home 3.0s to the good over Vietoris.

Di Resta completed the podium after a spectacular drive from 18th on the grid, with Wittmann bringing his RMG BMW home fourth, which was enough for him to win the title by four points.

Glock shadowed the new champion, and was followed by Martin and Blomqvist.

Jamie Green recovered from being shoved wide in the early going to take eighth for Audi from Wickens, while BMW's Martin Tomczyk scored the final point on his farewell DTM appearance.

Paffett finished outside the points, while da Costa retired when he lost a wheel on his out-lap after his pitstop.

RESULT - 39 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1h02m52.131s
2 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 3.040s
3 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 4.294s
4 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 5.030s
5 Timo Glock RMG BMW 6.103s
6 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 8.947s
7 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 13.857s
8 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 15.054s
9 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 16.012s
10 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 21.313s
11 Mike Rockenfeller Abt Audi 21.503s
12 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 22.230s
13 Nico Muller Abt Audi 24.962s
14 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 25.979s
15 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 27.937s
16 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 29.298s
17 Rene Rast Phoenix Audi 36.530s
18 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 39.112s
19 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 55.972s
20 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes Not running
21 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes Not running
22 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW Not running
- Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW Retirement
- Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi Retirement

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Marco Wittmann 206
2 Edoardo Mortara 202
3 Jamie Green 145
4 Robert Wickens 124
5 Paul Di Resta 116
6 Tom Blomqvist 113
7 Mattias Ekstrom 107
8 Maxime Martin 90
9 Nico Muller 88
10 Timo Glock 84
11 Gary Paffett 73
12 Lucas Auer 68
13 Miguel Molina 66
14 Christian Vietoris 60
15 Bruno Spengler 51
16 Augusto Farfus 44
17 Antonio Felix da Costa 43
18 Adrien Tambay 40
19 Mike Rockenfeller 31
20 Maximilian Gotz 17
21 Martin Tomczyk 16
22 Timo Scheider 13
23 Rene Rast 8
24 Daniel Juncadella 6
25 Felix Rosenqvist 5
26 Esteban Ocon 2

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