Moscow DTM: Mercedes' Pascal Wehrlein wins to reclaim points lead

Mercedes F1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein reclaimed the DTM championship lead with his second victory of the season at Moscow Raceway

Moscow DTM: Mercedes' Pascal Wehrlein wins to reclaim points lead

In an action-packed race slowed by a pair of lengthy safety car periods, polesitter Marco Wittmann led the bulk of the 40 minutes.

However Wittmann had to withstand relentless pressure from Wehrlein, who joined him on the front row of the grid.

With the aid of DRS, Wehrlein looked around the outside of Wittmann's BMW at the final corner on two consecutive laps to no avail.

The next time around, with four minutes remaining, he turned his focus to the inside, making it stick and skipping away to win by 1.8 seconds.

Making his day even sweeter, he moves to the top of the standings for the second time in 2015.

Erstwhile championship leader Mattias Ekstrom's race finished at Turn 7 just after the halfway mark, following a clash with Timo Glock.

The BMW driver was defending fourth from Ekstrom, who moved down the inside and the pair made contact as they turned in, sending both cars into the tyre barriers.

"What the fuck did he do?" Glock asked over his team radio.

"I was not expecting him to turn in when we are already side by side," Ekstrom told his team.

Wittmann had enough to hold out Jamie Green and finish second, while Green was jumped for third at the final corner by Bruno Spengler, making it a pair of BMWs on the podium.

Still, fourth for Green, just ahead of Daniel Juncadella, represents his first points since the Saturday race at the Norisring at the end of June.

Edoardo Mortara was sixth, ahead of Gary Paffett - who was the race's big mover from 20th on the grid - Tom Blomqvist, Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller.

Miguel Molina's race from eighth on the grid only lasted as far as the first corner.

The Audi driver went into Turn 1 side-by-side with the slow-starting Blomqvist, but was spun to the inside across the circuit, where he was collected by Christian Vietoris, eliminating both cars on the spot.

The field split to miss Molina, and when they rejoined, Paul di Resta was turned around after contact from Rockenfeller at Turn 2.

With the incident to be investigated - along with the Turn 1 and Glock and Ekstrom clash - post-race, di Resta eventually finished 14th.

On debut as Timo Scheider's replacement, Antonio Giovinazzi was 19th, the last of the runners.

RESULTS - 24 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 41m56.506s
2 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1.853s
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 2.536s
4 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 2.967s
5 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 3.249s
6 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 4.332s
7 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 8.867s
8 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 10.039s
9 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 10.350s
10 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 11.001s
11 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 11.409s
12 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 11.813s
13 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 12.234s
14 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 12.600s
15 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 15.248s
16 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 15.534s
17 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 15.649s
18 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 16.350s
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Phoenix Audi 17.132s
- Adrien Tambay Abt Audi Retirement
- Timo Glock MTEK BMW Retirement
- Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi Retirement
- Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes Retirement
- Miguel Molina Abt Audi Retirement


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