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Pascal Wehrlein wins eventful race one in Moscow

#94 Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMMercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein moved to the top of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship standings with victory in race one in Moscow, as Audi’s title contender Mattias Ekström crashed out.

Wehrlein took his second race win of the season, finishing ahead of defending champion Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler. Chief rival Mattias Ekström’s race ended just after the first safety car period, having clashed with Team MTEK’s Timo Glock on lap 11, which saw the pair retire.

Wehrlein took the victory, having closed down on Wittmann after the second restart, forcing his way past the Team RMG driver. The battle for the lead had also involved Spengler and Jamie Green, with the latter losing out on a podium finish on the last corner.

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The race was delayed by two safety car periods, with the first happening as a result of Christian Vietoris having a hefty impact with Miguel Molina on the very first lap. Vietoris was unsighted into turn one, as Molina had slight contact with BMW’s Tom Blomqvist, causing the Spaniard to spin out.

Vietoris’ Mercedes caught fire after the impact, with the German also seeming to limp, having gotten out of his car. No further action was required, following an investigation by the stewards after the race.

Adrien Tambay was the only other retiree, as the Frenchman parked his Audi in the garage on Lap 16, as his race was compromised with left front damage to his RS5.

Daniel Juncadella and Gary Paffett took further points for Mercedes, as the pair finished fifth and seventh respectively. Paffett took the opportunity of both Safety Car periods to carve his way through the field, having started from 20th.

Edoardo Mortara’s title chances stay positive, as the Italian took sixth, with Tom Blomqvist finishing eighth, ahead of Audi Sport’s Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller, who completed the top ten.

Antonio Félix da Costa missed out on the points finishing behind the 2013 champion, as Robert Wickens and Lucas Auer took 12th and 13th.

Paul di Resta recovered from his earlier spin to take 14th, ahead of Team RBM’s Augusto Farfus. Maximillian Götz finished 16th, with team Schnitzer’s Martin Tomczyk having another dismal race, ending up in 17th.

Last year’s race winner Maxime Martin finished in 18th, ahead of Audi subsititute, Antonio Giovinazzi, who was the last classified finisher of the race.

Qualifying for Sunday’s race 2 starts at 1225 CEST (1125 BST).

 

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN gooix / Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 41:56.506 1:29.891 2
2 1 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 24 1.853 1:30.105 1
3 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 24 2.536 1:30.095 7
4 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 24 2.967 1:30.046 3
5 12 Daniel JUNCADELLA PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 3.249 1:30.060 9
6 48 Edoardo MORTARA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 24 4.332 1:30.243 12
7 2 Gary PAFFETT EURONICS / BWT Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 8.867 1:30.289 20
8 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 24 10.039 1:30.430 5
9 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 24 10.35 1:30.327 10
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 24 11.001 1:30.580 14
11 13 António Félix da COSTA BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 24 11.409 1:30.498 17
12 6 Robert WICKENS SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 11.813 1:30.303 22
13 22 Lucas AUER EURONICS / BWT Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 12.234 1:30.452 18
14 3 Paul di RESTA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 12.6 1:30.215 13
15 18 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 24 15.248 1:30.471 21
16 84 Maximilian GÖTZ PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 24 15.534 1:30.540 15
17 77 Martin TOMCZYK BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM 24 15.649 1:30.659 23
18 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 24 16.35 1:30.782 16
19 93 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 24 17.132 1:30.804 19
R 27 Adrien TAMBAY Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM 16 8 LAPS 1:31.775 11
R 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM 10 14 LAPS 1:30.403 4
R 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 10 14 LAPS 1:30.125 6
R 17 Miguel MOLINA Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 0 24 LAPS N/A 8
R 8 Christian VIETORIS gooix / Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 0 24 LAPS N/A 24

Complete race results

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