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Wickens wins at wet Norisring

Photo by ITR e.V.Robert Wickens scored his second win in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at a wet Norisring, beating Audi’s ‘Mr Norisring’ Jamie Green and Mattias Ekström to victory.

Wickens led the race from start to finish, having secured his second career pole on Saturday. The result means that Mercedes-Benz remain unbeaten at the Nuremberg city circuit since 2003, with the win also being their second of the season.

Green finished in second, unable to find an answer to the Canadian’s pace. The Norisring specialist – he has won four times previously at the circuit – had his task made harder after he was given a five-second pit-stop penalty for hitting Paul Di Resta at the start of the race, which began behind the safety car.

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Ekström completed the podium after a strong drive that saw him steadily rise up the order throughout the race, with the Swede posting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

Edoardo Mortara was fourth, despite having started from the 20th on the grid. The Abt Audi driver was into the top ten by the half-way stage of the race. The result moves the Italian up to second in the championship.

Mortara’s Abt team-mate Adrien Tambay finished just behind in fifth, despite contact with Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein late in the race.

Wehrlein himself finished in sixth, scoring his best-ever result since joining the DTM at the start of 2013. The contact from Tambay at turn one on lap 69 only cost him the one position, such was the spread of the field at that point in the race.

Championship leader Marco Wittmann was the top BMW driver in seventh and limited the damage to his points advantage at a round which proved to be a struggle for the Munich marque.

Eight-placed Joey Hand was the only other BMW driver to finish in the points, with the American just holding off reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller, who finished in ninth. Timo Scheider finished the race in tenth, despite starting from the penultimate row of the grid.

Finishing just outside the points were BMW’s Bruno Spengler in 11th, who struggled for pace throughout the weekend, and Mercedes’ Gary Paffett in 12th. The Brit had been running inside the top ten but contact from BMW’s Martin Tomczyk at turn one on lap 58 spun him around at turn one, with Tomczyk forced into retirement as a result of the damage to the front of his car.

Di Resta came home in 15th following his early-race contact from Green. There were late-race retirements from Miguel Molina with eleven laps remaining and Christian Vietoris, whose right-rear wheel came loose with nine laps remaining.

Top ten result

1 12 Robert WICKENS FREE MAN’S WORLD AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 82 1:15:21.118 48.682 1
2 21 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 82 23.906 48.914 3
3 7 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 82 25.922 48.610 12
4 15 Edoardo MORTARA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 82 32.875 48.809 20
5 16 Adrien TAMBAY Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 82 44.661 49.506 8
6 25 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix AMG Mercedes DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 82 44.788 49.102 4
7 23 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 82 46.05 48.930 7
8 4 Joey HAND BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 82 47.991 49.013 14
9 1 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 82 48.803 49.076 11
10 2 Timo SCHEIDER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 81 1L 49.085 21

Complete race results

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