Now into his fifth season in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, Canada’s Robert Wickens was able to convert an impressive qualifying result into a second place finish earlier this afternoon at the Hockenheimring, with Edoardo Mortara taking the first win of the year.
He joined the series back in 2012, as a part of the Mercedes Junior Team, and currently has three race wins to his credit, with two of them coming at the Norising.
The 27-year-old from Toronto was unable to take the advantage at the first turn in race one of the weekend, but was able to keep the Audis of pole setter Nico Müller and Jamie Green at bay.
“It’s brilliant to finish on the podium here in the first race. I got away well but then found myself sandwiched between two other cars,” he explained, finishing just over a second and a half behind the Italian.
In a race of sheer attrition, Wickens was able to keep clear of the carnage that ensued behind him, but he was able to keep a steady pace to start off his season in the right way.
“It was a tough race, but I’m very pleased that we were able to begin the season as strong as we ended it last year. What a great start! I’d now like to go one better in tomorrow’s race.”
Ullrich Fritz’s outfit has gotten off to a fairly decent start, as alongside Wickens, Christian Vietoris and Paul Di Resta were able to make it three C63 AMGs into the top ten.