Moscow DTM: Marco Wittmann reclaims points lead with race two win

Marco Wittmann seized back the DTM points lead with a commanding race two win at Moscow Raceway

Moscow DTM: Marco Wittmann reclaims points lead with race two win

BMW Team RMG driver Wittmann led from pole and cantered clear of runner-up Tom Blomqvist to claim his second victory of the season, eventually winning by four seconds.

Wittmann was allowed to escape at the start in part thanks to the efforts of Robert Wickens who, promoted to third on the grid after a qualifying crash forced third-place qualifier Maxime Martin to start from the back, pestered Blomqvist at the start of the first stint.

That allowed Wittmann to build a comfortable three-second cushion before the pitstop phase, and after completing a clean stop eked out his advantage until the finish.

Blomqvist recorded his third second-place finish of the season well clear of those behind, with Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus completing a BMW 1-2-3-4 after working their way around an ailing Wickens.

Leading Mercedes man Wickens had dropped away slightly from Blomqvist before the pitstop phase, with a slow stop dropping him further back before he began to complain about the driveability of his C63.

Wickens was rapidly caught by the chasing pack, led initially by HWA team-mate Dani Juncadella, and though he was able to put up a fight he was soon picked off by Spengler at Turn 2 on lap 30 after the BMW driver had worked his way around Juncadella.

Spengler raced away from there into a clear third, but Farfus was another man to make it by Wickens before the finish, the Brazilian making the most of an aggressive strategy to emerge in sixth behind Juncadella before jumping the Spaniard and Wickens to claim fourth.

Having taken the lead of the championship a day earlier, Wickens did at least limit the damage with a dogged run to fifth, just holding off Edoardo Mortara for the position at the flag.

Nico Muller grabbed seventh from Adrien Tambay, while Mattias Ekstrom and Lucas Auer completed the points.

Juncadella finished 12th, paying the price for assisting Wickens' cause, while Paul di Resta also dropped out of the points late on after he was handed a drive-through penalty for pushing Timo Glock out of the race.

RESULTS - 40 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1h02m03.216s
2 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 4.123s
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 18.119s
4 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 24.650s
5 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 38.818s
6 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 38.885s
7 Nico Muller Abt Audi 39.158s
8 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 41.193s
9 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 41.223s
10 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 42.138s
11 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 42.245s
12 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 42.562s
13 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 42.641s
14 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 46.076s
15 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 47.432s
16 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 48.338s
17 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 51.310s
18 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 52.078s
19 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 55.563s
20 Felix Rosenqvist ART Mercedes 57.979s
21 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m01.627s
22 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m04.773s
23 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m27.467s
24 Timo Glock RMG BMW 9 Laps

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Marco Wittmann 130
2 Robert Wickens 118
3 Jamie Green 104
4 Edoardo Mortara 100
5 Paul Di Resta 92
6 Tom Blomqvist 71
7 Maxime Martin 71
8 Mattias Ekstrom 70
9 Nico Muller 68
10 Gary Paffett 67
11 Timo Glock 48
12 Lucas Auer 44
13 Augusto Farfus 44
14 Bruno Spengler 43
15 Christian Vietoris 42
16 Miguel Molina 26
17 Maximilian Gotz 16
18 Antonio Felix da Costa 16
19 Adrien Tambay 14
20 Martin Tomczyk 13
21 Mike Rockenfeller 5
22 Daniel Juncadella 4
23 Timo Scheider 3
24 Esteban Ocon 2
25 Felix Rosenqvist 1
26 Rene Rast 0


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