Marco Wittmann wins DTM Misano race one from last place

Marco Wittmann wins DTM Misano race one from last place

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BMW Team RMG driver Marco Wittmann took a shock DTM race one victory at Misano, Italy, after starting from last on the grid. The two-time DTM champion managed the gap to Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s René Rast to lead by 8.2 seconds at the checkered flag.

Wittmann was unable to set a time in this morning’s qualifying session as a mechanical issue left him stranded in the pitlane, this meant he had to start his 99th race in the DTM from last on the grid.

The BMW driver also made his mandatory stop at the end of the first lap, and was brought back into contention when the safety car was called out on lap four as BMW Team RBM’s Joel Eriksson stopped out on track.

Rast lead for the majority of the race, managing to maintain his lead after the restart, and was shadowed by Audi Sport Team Phoenix driver Loïc Duval until the stops.

Rast made his mandatory stop on lap 15, and emerged in ninth some 32 seconds behind Wittmann who had cycled through to lead by lap 17 as other drivers made their stops.

Drivers and teams have been concerned about how the Hankook tyres would last over a longer stint, and so it seemed unlikely that Wittmann would be able to hold onto his lead.

However, the BMW driver managed his pace, and despite Rast lapping at some points two seconds a lap faster, was able to secure an incredible victory.

Duval completed the rostrum, taking his first podium finish of 2019.

Wittmann’s BMW Team RMG teammate Bruno Spengler finished fourth, ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Nico Müller in fifth.

Audi Sport Team Phoenix driver Mike Rockenfeller crossed the line in sixth place, after overtaking BMW Team RMR’s Philipp Eng around the outside of the fast T12 in the final ten laps.

Audi Sport Team WRT rookie Jonathan Aberdein finished in eighth place. The South African made a poor start from the front row of the grid, and struggled to match the pace of those around him.

BMW Team RBM driver Sheldon van der Linde took the checkered flag in ninth place, the rookie looked set to score a top five position early on before struggling in the second half of the race and being passed by a number of drivers.

BMW Team RMR driver Timo Glock crossed the line in tenth, scoring his first points since race two at Hockenheim.

Andrea Dovizioso took part in his first race as a guest driver at Audi Sport Team WRT, and came home an impressive 12th place. The MotoGP star made a fantastic move on Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s Pietro Fittipaldi around the outside of the fast T12 on lap four.

Daniel Juncadella was the highest placed R-Motorsport run Aston Martin, crossing the line in 13th place.

Having taken pole and second, Rast will take the championship lead, Wittmann moves to second in the standings as Eng slips to third.

Qualifying for race two starts tomorrow at 10:45 CEST (9:45 BST)

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 39 39 LAPS 1:28.153 18
2 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 39 8.238 1:28.537 1
3 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 39 17.686 1:28.548 3
4 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 39 22.853 1:28.664 6
5 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 39 28.503 1:28.918 8
6 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 39 32.467 1:29.112 9
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 39 44.922 1:27.991 7
8 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 39 47.238 1:29.015 2
9 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 39 48.347 1:28.362 5
10 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 39 48.429 1:29.376 10
11 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 39 50.043 1:29.296 11
12 34 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 39 57.138 1:29.235 15
13 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 39 58.948 1:29.718 14
14 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 39 1:01.928 1:29.473 16
15 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 39 1:08.229 1:30.395 13
R 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 31 DNF 1:30.705 17
R 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 16 DNF 1:29.243 4
R 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 2 DNF 1:29.989 12