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Lucas Auer and Mucke Mercedes secure maiden DTM win at Lausitzring

Lucas Auer scored his and Mucke Motorsport's first DTM victory at the Lausitzring, stroking his Mercedes C63 home comfortably ahead of Audi's Mattias Ekstrom

Austrian Auer held on to his lead at the start of the race and gradually pulled clear from the chasing pack.

Stopping early in the pitstop phase, Auer emerged in the lead with 20 minutes of the race remaining and, despite losing some time through a late slow zone period, eased his way to a first win - making him the 20th driver in the 24-car field to have won a DTM event.

A charging Ekstrom took second, the Swede making the most of a long first stint to emerge in clear air for a second weekend in a row.

Ekstrom rejoined the race in fifth after his stop, but quickly dispatched ART Mercedes driver Gary Paffett and set about chasing Audi stablemate Jamie Green for third.

He made a pass stick on lap 39 of 46, and with two laps remaining got the better of Robert Wickens into Turn 1 to snatch second.

Wickens held off Green for the final podium spot having defended against Green's DRS-assisted RS5 to secure his second third-place finish of the weekend and with it the championship lead.

Paffett came home a lonely fifth while Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver in sixth, fending off Auer's team-mate Christian Vietoris, who had qualified second before receiving a blocking penalty.

Nico Muller and Bruno Spengler finished eighth and ninth, while Timo Glock limped home in 10th having started from the outside of the front row.

RESULTS - 46 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 1h02m11.261s
2 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 3.763s
3 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 6.386s
4 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 6.770s
5 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 12.292s
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 16.839s
7 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 17.355s
8 Nico Muller Abt Audi 18.099s
9 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 21.872s
10 Timo Glock RMG BMW 24.865s
11 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 34.033s
12 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 34.173s
13 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 36.394s
14 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 36.827s
15 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 41.508s
16 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 42.387s
17 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 45.110s
18 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 51.198s
19 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m04.337s
20 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 1m14.175s
21 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 5 Laps
- Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes Retirement
- Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes Retirement
- Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Robert Wickens 58
2 Marco Wittmann 55
3 Mattias Ekstrom 46
4 Jamie Green 45
5 Edoardo Mortara 44
6 Paul Di Resta 43
7 Maxime Martin 39
8 Timo Glock 38
9 Tom Blomqvist 34
10 Augusto Farfus 32
11 Lucas Auer 31
12 Nico Muller 27
13 Miguel Molina 26
14 Christian Vietoris 26
15 Gary Paffett 22
16 Martin Tomczyk 12
17 Bruno Spengler 12
18 Antonio Felix da Costa 6
19 Mike Rockenfeller 5
20 Adrien Tambay 4
21 Timo Scheider 1
22 Maximilian Gotz 0
23 Daniel Juncadella 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0


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