Timo Glock breezes to Red Bull Ring DTM victory for BMW

BMW's Timo Glock breezed to victory in the second DTM race at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Audi Team Abt Sportsline's Mattias Ekstrom

Timo Glock breezes to Red Bull Ring DTM victory for BMW

From third on the grid, Glock made his way by fellow BMW driver Antonio Felix da Costa at the start and jumped polesitter Jamie Green to take the lead on the second lap before the deployment of the safety car.

Thereafter, Glock was able to edge away and regained a comfortable lead following the conclusion of the pitstop phase.

He eventually finished 2.215 seconds clear of Ekstrom, who got the most from a long first stint to advance from 11th on the grid into the podium positions, getting ahead of fellow Audi driver Green in the closing laps to seal second.

The Swede may well have faced a challenge for third on his exit from the pits, but Edoardo Mortara and da Costa came to blows at Turn 4 on lap 24 while battling for a net third.

Da Costa got a good run off Turn 3 and drew alongside Mortara and ahead on the approach to Turn 4, only for the latter to tag the rear of da Costa's BMW, sending the pair into the gravel.

The pair's demise allowed Ekstrom to rejoin a comfortable third after his pitstop on lap 28 of 42 and, after reeling Green in, he grabbed second with five laps to run.

Green couldn't quite replicate his qualifying pace in the race, but held on to a comfortable third to score his first points of the season.

MTEK BMW driver Augusto Farfus just edged out marque counterpart Maxime Martin for fourth, while fellow BMW drivers Tom Blomqvist and Saturday race one winner Marco Wittmann came home in sixth and seventh.

Mike Rockenfeller and Bruno Spengler had quiet but productive races to finish eighth and ninth, while Timo Scheider - who was at the centre of the 'push him out' scandal at the Red Bull Ring last year - held on for the final point.

Scheider came under late pressure from Gary Paffett - fighting to be the only Mercedes driver to finish in the points - but defended his position robustly on the final lap by nudging Paffett onto the grass, dropping the latter down the order.

Instead, Dani Juncadella finished best of the Mercedes cars in 12th to complete a miserable weekend for the marque.

RESULTS - 42 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Timo Glock RMG BMW 1h01m30.006s
2 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 2.215s
3 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 6.014s
4 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 10.399s
5 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 11.012s
6 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 11.643s
7 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 12.242s
8 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 14.301s
9 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 16.607s
10 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 20.127s
11 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 20.937s
12 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 21.331s
13 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 21.858s
14 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 22.178s
15 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 22.537s
16 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 23.344s
17 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 23.684s
18 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 25.286s
19 Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 26.232s
20 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 26.565s
21 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 32.223s
22 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 33.139s
- Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi Retirement
- Nico Muller Abt Audi Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Paul Di Resta 43
2 Edoardo Mortara 40
3 Timo Glock 37
4 Maxime Martin 37
5 Marco Wittmann 35
6 Tom Blomqvist 34
7 Augusto Farfus 32
8 Robert Wickens 28
9 Nico Muller 22
10 Mattias Ekstrom 20
11 Jamie Green 15
12 Gary Paffett 12
13 Martin Tomczyk 12
14 Christian Vietoris 10
15 Bruno Spengler 10
16 Antonio Felix da Costa 6
17 Mike Rockenfeller 5
18 Adrien Tambay 4
19 Miguel Molina 1
20 Timo Scheider 1
21 Maximilian Gotz 0
22 Daniel Juncadella 0
23 Lucas Auer 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0


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