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Norisring DTM: Mortara wins as Ekstrom crashes into leading Mercs

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Norisring DTM: Mortara wins as Ekstrom crashes into leading Mercs
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Jun 25, 2016, 12:17 PM

Edoardo Mortara became the first repeat winner of the 2016 DTM season after securing the win in Race 1 at Norisring, following contact among the early race leaders.

Christian Vietoris, starting from pole, had a good launch off the line and took the race lead into Turn 1, closely followed by a group of drivers that was initially headed by Mattias Ekstrom.

However, the Swede ended up losing a spot when he made a small mistake at Turn 1 and ran wide just enough to allow Robert Wickens through.

Wickens did not challenge for the lead for the rest of the race's first half before an incident was triggered that removed the top three out of contention.

Ekstrom, trying to pass Wickens into Turn 1, touched the Canadian and then went straight on into Vietoris, sending the German into a spin and taking both himself and Wickens out of the race.

The lead was inherited by fourth-placed Edoardo Mortara, who held off Jamie Green and Paul di Resta after the safety car restart.

The British duo kept up with Mortara throughout the rest of the race with Green putting increasing pressure on his stablemate during the final minutes.

However, Mortara did not put a foot wrong and took the chequered flag first.

Marco Wittmann ended up as the lead BMW in fourth after an overtake on Bruno Spengler, as Maxime Martin took sixth.

Both the Belgian and Adrien Tambay passed Vietoris, the early race leader having to settle for eighth.

The Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz and BMW of Antonio Felix da Costa completed the top 10.

Race results

Pos.DriverCarTime/Gap
1 Edoardo Mortara Audi RS5 DTM 41'09.983
2 Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 0.531
3 Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 0.903
4 Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 4.135
5 Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 6.731
6 Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 9.951
7 Adrien Tambay Audi RS5 DTM 10.875
8 Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 13.501
9 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW M4 DTM 15.337
10 Christian Vietoris Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 15.477
11 Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 16.939
12 Martin Tomczyk BMW M4 DTM 17.699
13 Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 17.985
14 Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 18.674
15 Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19.208
16 Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 19.571
17 Timo Scheider Audi RS5 DTM 20.202
18 Miguel Molina Audi RS5 DTM 20.799
19 Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 21.350
20 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 21.562
21 Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 22.171
  Esteban Ocon Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM  
  Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM  
  Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM  

 

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Series DTM
Event Norisring
Location Norisring
Drivers Edoardo Mortara
Teams Team Abt
Author David Gruz