Norisring DTM: Robert Wickens maintains Mercedes' run in race two

Robert Wickens claimed his second Norisring DTM victory in as many seasons, capping a dominant weekend for Mercedes in race two

Norisring DTM: Robert Wickens maintains Mercedes' run in race two

With its second win of the weekend, and seven of its eight cars inside the top nine, Mercedes remains unbeaten at the street circuit since 2003.

Wickens started third but slotted into second off the line, between polesitter Bruno Spengler's BMW and stablemate Christian Vietoris.

A quarter of the way into the race, Mercedes took control.

Wickens sliced down the inside of Spengler at Turn 1 to take the lead.

Vietoris then passed Spengler at the chicane, while Lucas Auer and Audi's Mattias Ekstrom also got past Spengler, who dropped from first to fifth in the space of a single lap.

From there, Wickens kept Vietoris half-a-second behind until the mandatory pitstops, and gained more breathing room through a quicker stop.

He managed the lead at around two seconds, before romping home to win his first race of the season by 7.2s, including setting the fastest lap of the race on his penultimate tour.

"It's amazing," Wickens, who finished second on Saturday, said.

"I love this circuit, love Nurnberg, and for some reason I'm quick here.

"It's a good thing I'm with Mercedes, we definitely have the best car here, which definitely makes my life easier."

Vietoris took second, while Spengler eventually claimed BMW's first podium of the season.

He spent most of the race behind Ekstrom, but forced his way past at Turn 1 inside the final minute.

Saturday victor Pascal Wehrlein was fifth ahead Paul di Resta, while Gary Paffett, Daniel Juncadella and Lucas Auer completed Mercedes' top-nine rout.

In scoring his first DTM points, Auer passed Maxime Martin on the final lap, while Jamie Green ran ahead of the pair before sustaining a puncture through contact from Martin when he was passed by the Belgian at Turn 1.

The championship leader was eventually classified 19th, while Maximilian Gotz hitting the rear of Timo Glock's BMW at the first corner accounted for the pair, Augusto Farfus and Mike Rockenfeller.

RESULTS - 74 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1h01m35.767s
2 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 7.239s
3 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 10.975s
4 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 11.595s
5 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 14.956s
6 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 15.378s
7 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 16.098s
8 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 17.489s
9 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 32.871s
10 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 34.605s
11 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 38.455s
12 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 38.937s
13 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 47.827s
14 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1 Lap
15 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1 Lap
16 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1 Lap
17 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1 Lap
18 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1 Lap
19 Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 9 Laps
- Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW Disqualified
- Timo Glock MTEK BMW Retirement
- Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes Retirement
- Augusto Farfus RBM BMW Retirement
- Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jamie Green 81
2 Mattias Ekstrom 70
3 Pascal Wehrlein 67
4 Edoardo Mortara 58
5 Robert Wickens 57
6 Christian Vietoris 36
7 Gary Paffett 36
8 Miguel Molina 27
9 Bruno Spengler 27
10 Paul Di Resta 23
11 Mike Rockenfeller 21
12 Martin Tomczyk 20
13 Maxime Martin 17
14 Timo Scheider 16
15 Marco Wittmann 14
16 Daniel Juncadella 14
17 Nico Muller 10
18 Timo Glock 5
19 Augusto Farfus 5
20 Lucas Auer 2
21 Antonio Felix da Costa 0
22 Adrien Tambay 0
23 Maximilian Gotz 0
24 Tom Blomqvist 0


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