Nico Müller takes second DTM win in dramatic Misano race two

Nico Müller takes second DTM win in dramatic Misano race two

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Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Nico Müller executed a clean race to secure his second ever DTM win, ahead of BMW Team RMR’s Philipp Eng and championship leader Audi Sport Team Rosberg driver René Rast.

The Swiss driver launched an attack on the lead as he, and teammate Robin Frijns, were able to get on the inside of pole-sitter Rast by the first corner, as Audi Sport Team WRT’s Jonathan Aberdein made it four-wide in the braking zone.

After ten laps, Frijns was leading but struggling with tyre wear, eventually dropping places to Rast and Müller before being spun by Audi Sport Team Phoenix driver Loïc Duval on lap 12. The Frenchman would receive a drive-through for causing a collision.

Rast streaked clear of the chasing pack, creating a gap of nearly three seconds before suffering a puncture on lap 14. The 2017 series champion made it back to the pit lane with minimal time loss, rejoining the race inside the top ten as other drivers still needed to make their mandatory stop.

Müller pitted from the lead on lap 17, rejoining in the effective race lead as Duval, and R-Motorsport duo Ferdinand Habsburg and Jake Dennis, were yet to pit.

By lap 25, Müller had caught and past Dennis for the race lead, the British driver pitted two laps later, rejoining in 15th and was banking on a safety car to score points.

From then onwards Müller was the class of the field, able to manage his Hankook tyres whilst consistently being the fastest driver on the track.

The Swiss driver held a 7.6 second lead over Eng at the line, the BMW driver making a exceptional pass on Rast at the T10 hairpin.

Rast came home third despite taking pole and passing Frijns to lead, the early race puncture stopped his chances of taking the race win.

Frijns took a well earned fourth place, battling hard with Pietro Fittipaldi who replaced the unwell Jamie Green at Audi Sport Team Rosberg.

BMW Team RBM’s Joel Eriksson crossed the line in sixth, the winner from race two at Misano last year was locked in a fantastic race long duel with Audi Sport Team WRT’s Jonathan Aberdein who finished seventh.

Bruno Spengler climbed from 13th on the grid to score points in eighth, the BMW Team RMG driver beating rooking Sheldon van der Linde to the line by only half a second.

Mike Rockenfeller rounded out the top ten, narrowly beating Duval to the checkered flag by 0.1 seconds to secure a double points finish at Misano.

Habsburg took the flag as the highest placed Aston Martin, in 12th, as guest driver Andrea Dovizioso took 15th. The MotoGP star spun on lap 30, which dropped him to the rear of the field.

Marco Wittmann, who took a phenomenal race win yesterday, had to sit out the majority of his 100th DTM race after the BMW Team RMG driver suffered damage in an opening lap collision with Rast and Aberdein.

With only his second DTM race win, Müller moves to third in the drivers standings with 76 points, Eng closes the gap at the top but is still ten points behind Rast who leaves Misano on 93 points.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 38 57:37.468 1:27.791 4
2 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 38 7.628 1:28.103 9
3 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 38 16.804 1:27.562 1
4 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 38 20.072 1:27.291 2
5 21 Pietro FITTIPALDI Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 38 20.430 1:28.246 5
6 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 38 23.645 1:28.371 8
7 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 38 24.813 1:28.292 3
8 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 38 28.460 1:28.919 13
9 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 38 29.003 1:29.620 11
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 38 47.798 1:29.050 12
11 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 38 47.902 1:27.912 7
12 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 38 48.678 1:29.085 18
13 76 Jake DENNIS R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 38 51.588 1:29.365 15
14 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 38 1:14.053 1:29.318 16
15 34 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 38 1:16.392 1:29.311 14
R 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 8 DNF 1:31.014 10
R 3 Paul DI RESTA R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage DTM 6 DNF 1:29.242 17
R 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 0 DNF N/A 6