Red Bull Ring DTM: Rast wins as Green suffers late heartbreak

Rene Rast took a last-gasp victory in the second race of the DTM weekend at the Red Bull Ring after Audi team-mate Jamie Green hit problems in the late stages

Red Bull Ring DTM: Rast wins as Green suffers late heartbreak

Green had led Rast throughout the race, the gap ebbing and flowing between the two, but the Briton's Audi got stuck in gear with three laps remaining.

Rast, Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller therefore completed an Audi 1-2-3, after Muller moved over to let Rockenfeller past into second place at the exit of Turn 4 on the final lap.

A safety car was called after Bruno Spengler, trying to outbrake Paul di Resta into the uphill Turn 3, clattered into Lucas Auer and spun the title-contending Mercedes driver around.

The caution had already been called before Auer got his crippled car going again, returning to the pits.

At this point Green and Rast had a large advantage over Muller, BMW's Marco Wittmann, Rockenfeller and points leader Mattias Ekstrom, but their advantage was slashed, with time for eight more laps of racing.

But both Wittmann and Ekstrom looked to be struggling for grip, Ekstrom having pitted at the end of the opening lap.

Sure enough, Wittmann was shuffled down the order after the restart, and Ekstrom briefly got up to fifth to complete an Audi top-five lockout.

But any chances of Audi manipulating the result to boost Ekstrom's championship bid still further were soon dispelled when Gary Paffett swept his Mercedes past the Swede into fifth.

Wittmann then came back at Ekstrom, the two making slight contact as Wittmann passed out of Turn 4, before Ekstrom muscled back past him at Turn 3.

With Green's problems dropping him out of the points, Ekstrom finished fifth behind Paffett, with Wittmann just ahead of BMW stablemate Timo Glock and the late-stopping Audi of Loic Duval, and Mercedes duo Paul di Resta and Robert Wickens completing the points.

A win for Green would have left him just eight points behind Ekstrom going into the Hockenheim finale, but instead Rast has now vaulted to second, and is 21 points adrift.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 39 57m21.893s
2 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 39 1.025s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 39 1.824s
4 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 39 3.741s
5 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 39 6.136s
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 39 7.968s
7 Timo Glock RMR BMW 39 8.181s
8 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 39 8.457s
9 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 39 9.328s
10 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 39 11.305s
11 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 39 12.126s
12 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 39 12.696s
13 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 39 14.745s
14 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 39 16.754s
15 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 39 27.255s
16 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 39 28.571s
17 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 32 7 Laps
- Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 28 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Mattias Ekstrom 172
2 Rene Rast 151
3 Jamie Green 137
4 Mike Rockenfeller 134
5 Marco Wittmann 134
6 Lucas Auer 131
7 Timo Glock 115
8 Robert Wickens 113
9 Maxime Martin 110
10 Paul Di Resta 99
11 Gary Paffett 88
12 Nico Muller 81
13 Bruno Spengler 74
14 Maro Engel 51
15 Edoardo Mortara 49
16 Augusto Farfus 29
17 Loic Duval 22
18 Tom Blomqvist 22

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