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Norisring DTM: Nico Muller beats Tom Blomqvist and gets first win

Abt Audi driver Nico Muller held off BMW's Tom Blomqvist to win the second DTM race of the weekend at the Norisring street circuit

Having started from third on the grid, Muller passed former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta on the opening lap and kept within a second of polesitter Blomqvist through the opening part of the race.

Muller stayed out until the end of the pitstop window before changing tyres, with some quick in-laps helping him return to the track ahead of Blomqvist and into the net lead of the race.

Once the final drivers to pit had done so, Muller soon established a comfortable advantage over the chasing BMW, only for it to be wiped out by a late safety car for debris following several on-track incidents.

Muller got a good jump on Blomqvist and crossed the line to claim his first win in the DTM and become the seventh different winner of 2016, as well as giving Audi its second victory of the weekend at the Norisring.

Maxime Martin came from sixth to third after a feisty performance, completing the podium.

Di Resta took the chequered flag fourth, ahead of Lucas Auer and Marco Wittmann.

Bruno Spengler and race one winner Edoardo Morta were next up, with Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk coming from the back of the grid and benefiting from incidents up ahead to finish ninth and 10th.

Robert Wickens bounced back from a puncture to finish 11th, with Maximilian Gotz and Esteban Ocon next up.

Christian Vietoris dropped back to 15th thanks to a drive-through penalty for contact with Antonio Felix da Costa, while Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller lost ground following contact late in the race and trailed the field home.

Da Costa and Daniel Juncadella collided at Turn 2 in the closing stages, with both drivers retiring due to damage, as did Adrien Tambay, Gary Paffett and Jamie Green.

Mattias Ekstrom was quickest in qualifying but a three-place grid penalty for a crash in race one meant he lined up fourth.

His race only lasted one lap before he retired following contact with di Resta.

RESULTS - 72 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1h01m03.139s
2 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 0.670s
3 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1.543s
4 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 4.701s
5 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 4.950s
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 5.197s
7 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 5.907s
8 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 6.228s
9 Timo Glock RMG BMW 6.981s
10 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 7.224s
11 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 10.510s
12 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 10.906s
13 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 11.543s
14 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 13.013s
15 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 14.094s
16 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 20.885s
17 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 14 Laps
- Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi Disqualified
- Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi Disqualified
- Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes Disqualified
- Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW Disqualified
- Gary Paffett ART Mercedes Disqualified
- Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi Retirement
- Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Marco Wittmann 75
2 Edoardo Mortara 73
3 Paul Di Resta 70
4 Jamie Green 63
5 Maxime Martin 62
6 Robert Wickens 58
7 Nico Muller 52
8 Tom Blomqvist 52
9 Mattias Ekstrom 46
10 Lucas Auer 41
11 Timo Glock 40
12 Augusto Farfus 32
13 Bruno Spengler 28
14 Christian Vietoris 27
15 Miguel Molina 26
16 Gary Paffett 22
17 Martin Tomczyk 13
18 Adrien Tambay 10
19 Antonio Felix da Costa 8
20 Mike Rockenfeller 5
21 Maximilian Gotz 4
22 Timo Scheider 1
23 Daniel Juncadella 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0



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