Oschersleben DTM: Rookie Tom Blomqvist wins in another BMW sweep

Rookie Tom Blomqvist romped to a maiden DTM victory in race two at Oschersleben, as BMW again swept the top four places

Oschersleben DTM: Rookie Tom Blomqvist wins in another BMW sweep

Starting from the front row of the grid for the first time, the Formula 3 graduate beat team-mate Augusto Farfus off the line, took the lead at the first corner and never looked back.

He built his lead throughout the hour, eventually finishing 7.8 seconds clear to become the 10th different winner in 14 races this season.

The race was red flagged on the final lap when Lucas Auer crashed heavily at the penultimate corner. The Mercedes rookie was able to get out of his car.

Farfus was a lonely second, while Marco Wittmann completed the podium, having gained two spots initially off the line.

The reigning champion then found his way past Antonio Felix da Costa late in the first half of the race to take third.

Further back, da Costa eventually made it an all-BMW top four, surviving intense pressure from Pascal Wehrlein during the second half of the race.

Wehrlein will be investigated post-race by the stewards for a delay in illuminating the tyre change light on his Mercedes.

The light wasn't turned on in pitlane and his crew eventually had to ask Wehrlein to flick the switch manually, after the permitted two-lap window.

With Mattias Ekstrom finishing 11th - from 18th and following a slow pitstop - Wehrlein leaves Oschersleben with a 14-point championship lead with four races remaining.

Paul di Resta was a lonely sixth, ahead of Saturday winner Timo Glock.

The best of the Audi drivers was Jamie Green in eighth, the Brit fighting hard all race to keep the significantly lighter BMW of Maxime Martin at bay, while Bruno Spengler claimed the final point for 10th after holding out Ekstrom.

Spengler made it seven BMWs inside the points, and the remaining M4 driver, Martin Tomczyk, was running with di Resta before being served a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release in pitlane, eventually finishing 20th.

There was trouble at the first corner again, but not as much as Saturday's race, with Christian Vietoris tagging Edoardo Mortara.

The Spaniard was out on the spot, while Nico Muller unsuccessfully sought to take to the gravel to avoid the incident, and was also unable to continue.

UPDATE: Stewards have handed Wehrlein's HWA team a €1000 fine for the delay in activating the pitstop light.

RESULTS - 40 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 57m30.221s
2 Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 7.712s
3 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 13.080s
4 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 18.820s
5 Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 19.486s
6 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 22.741s
7 Timo Glock MTEK BMW 26.196s
8 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 31.492s
9 Maxime Martin RMG BMW 32.162s
10 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 34.389s
11 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 35.173s
12 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 39.006s
13 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 48.174s
14 Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 48.987s
15 Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 49.355s
16 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 59.030s
17 Lucas Auer ART Mercedes 59.500s
18 Maximilian Gotz Mucke Mercedes 1m03.738s
19 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m04.302s
20 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m04.762s
21 Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m11.880s
- Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi Retirement
- Nico Muller Rosberg Audi Retirement
- Miguel Molina Abt Audi Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Pascal Wehrlein 140
2 Mattias Ekstrom 126
3 Edoardo Mortara 110
4 Jamie Green 107
5 Bruno Spengler 104
6 Marco Wittmann 98
7 Gary Paffett 75
8 Augusto Farfus 73
9 Antonio Felix da Costa 71
10 Mike Rockenfeller 67
11 Robert Wickens 57
12 Timo Glock 56
13 Christian Vietoris 56
14 Paul Di Resta 48
15 Maxime Martin 46
16 Tom Blomqvist 41
17 Miguel Molina 29
18 Nico Muller 26
19 Daniel Juncadella 25
20 Martin Tomczyk 24
21 Timo Scheider 16
22 Lucas Auer 10
23 Maximilian Gotz 6
24 Adrien Tambay 3
25 Antonio Giovinazzi 0


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