Lucas Auer wins Nürburgring race one from pole position

Lucas Auer wins Nürburgring race one from pole position

Lucas Auer
Photo: Daimler AG

After taking pole position in this morning’s tumultuous qualifying session, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s Lucas Auer returned to the top step of the podium at the Nürburgring for the first time since Lausitzring earlier this year.

The start did not go well for either Auer or Marco Wittmann – who started in second place. The defending champion swiftly lost positions due to a slow getaway, which allowed Augusto Farfus to cut through the front row and take the lead from Auer, whose defence could not hinder the Brazilian from making a successful attempt at overtaking the Austrian youngster.

With the rain temporarily halting and a dry line building up during the halfway mark of the race, a majority of drivers made the decision to pit for slick tyres. This would later turn out to be a grave mistake, as another shower hit the track just a few minutes later.

Benefiting from being among the final few cars to make the mandatory pitstop, Paul di Resta took the lead with ten minutes to go in the race, but gave up the position on the last corner to Lucas Auer who sat behind in second. The Austrian consequently took his fourth DTM career victory

Robert Wickens made it a Mercedes clean sweep of the podium, finishing third ahead of Moscow Racewar race two winner Maro Engel, with Audi Team Rosberg’s René Rast compe.

Rast’s teammate Jamie Green came home in sixth, followed by initial leader Farfus. Green also benefited from a late pit stop, having been at the back end of the field for a hefty majority of the race.

Ninth position went to Wittmann,  whilst Gary Paffett had to settle for tenth place, as the Briton made up three places, having starting from 13th.

Sunday will see the 18 drivers tackle the Nürburgring once again, with qualifying starting at 12:00 and the final race of the weekend at 15:15 local time.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 22 Lucas AUER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 54:12.443 1:35.041 1
2 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 0.794 1:34.911 5
3 6 Robert WICKENS Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 1.568 1:35.312 3
4 63 Maro ENGEL Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 5.344 1:35.309 9
5 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 33 9.758 1:36.037 7
6 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 33 24.531 1:35.158 14
7 48 Edoardo MORTARA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 31.593 1:36.060 16
8 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 33 49.335 1:35.425 4
9 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 33 56.886 1:32.748 2
10 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 59.072 1:32.809 13
11 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 33 1:01.058 1:31.420 17
12 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 33 1:12.977 1:32.161 8
13 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 33 1:27.191 1:33.236 15
14 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 33 1:28.308 1:32.490 12
15 5 Mattias EKSTRÖM Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 32 + 1 LAP 1:34.978 11
16 31 Tom BLOMQVIST BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 32 + 1 LAP 1:31.823 6
17 36 Maxime MARTIN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 32 + 1 LAP 1:35.917 10
18 77 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 32 + 1 LAP 1:33.865 18