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Norisring DTM: Mortara avoids trouble to claim second win of 2016

Audi Abt Sportsline driver Edoardo Mortara became the first multiple race winner of the 2016 DTM season after beating Jamie Green to victory in race one at the Norisring

The Italian started in sixth place and moved up to fourth early on, before inheriting the lead just before the half-way mark as leaders Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and Mattias Ekstrom collided at Turn 2.

Audi driver Ekstrom had been looking to pass Wickens into the hairpin but the pair touched wheels after braking too late, spinning Vietoris in the process.

Both Ekstrom and Wickens, who led the championship coming into the weekend, retired while Vietoris continued.

The safety car was deployed as a result, with Mortara leading the field on the restart and holding off the advances of fellow Audi driver Green to claim his second victory of the season.

The result also halts Mercedes' run of 13 consecutive wins at the Norisring, with HWA's Paul di Resta the top C63 driver in third.

BMW trio of Marco Wittmann, Bruno Spengler and Maxime Martin finished fourth, fifth and sixth. Adrien Tambay made progress from 15th on the grid to finish seventh.

Maximilian Gotz enjoyed a feisty battle with Augusto Farfus during the race, taking the chequered flag in eighth to score his first points of the season, while Antonio Felix da Costa recovered from 21st on the grid to finish ninth.

Polesitter Vietoris dropped to 10th at the flag, with Farfus, Martin Tomczyk, Lucas Auer and Timo Glock next up.

RESULT - 49 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 41m09.983s -
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 41m10.514s 0.531s
3 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 41m10.886s 0.903s
4 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 41m14.118s 4.135s
5 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 41m16.714s 6.731s
6 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 41m19.934s 9.951s
7 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 41m20.858s 10.875s
8 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 41m23.484s 13.501s
9 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 41m25.320s 15.337s
10 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 41m25.460s 15.477s
11 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 41m26.922s 16.939s
12 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 41m27.682s 17.699s
13 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 41m27.968s 17.985s
14 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 41m29.191s 19.208s
15 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 41m29.554s 19.571s
16 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 41m30.185s 20.202s
17 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 41m30.782s 20.799s
18 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 41m31.333s 21.350s
19 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 41m31.545s 21.562s
20 Nico Muller Abt Audi 41m32.154s 22.171s
21 Timo Glock RMG BMW 41m33.657s 23.674s
- Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 27m43.769s Retirement
- Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 18m26.712s Retirement
- Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 15m43.771s Retirement


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