Red Bull Ring DTM: Rast handed win by late-race Green drama

Rene Rast headed an Audi 1-2-3 in the second DTM race at the Red Bull Ring, benefitting from late drama for pole-sitter Jamie Green.

Green had controlled the race from the start and looked to have the win sewn up despite a late safety car brought out by Lucas Auer.

But his car slowed dramatically in the dying minutes of the race, and dropped out of contention with smoke billowing out of his car, handing Rast the win.

Before Green's late-race heartbreak, most of the action in the race concerned the fight for the final podium spot, as BMW's Marco Wittmann faced off against points leader Mattias Ekstrom and his Audi teammates.

Ekstrom had started the race from eighth and dropped a place to BMW's Tom Blomqvist heading out of the first corner.

He then took his mandatory stop immediately on the first lap – and while Blomqvist tried to cover him off, pitting two laps later, Ekstrom edged past the Anglo-Swede on the run down to Turn 4.

Having been overtaken by Rockenfeller for third – both of them already well behind Green and Rast –Wittmann came in on lap 9, rejoining ahead of Ekstrom and keeping the spot despite them running side by side for several successive corners.

His tyres now up to temperature, Wittmann picked off a later-stopping Nico Muller with a crossover move at Turn 4 – and then went outside Rockenfeller for net third at the very same corner.

But as Rockenfeller slowed and allowed both Muller and Ekstrom by, the Swiss driver began to rapidly reel in Wittmann, eventually slipstreaming past the reigning champion – and appearing to slow the pace right after, backing off Wittmann towards his fellow Audi drivers.

The group dropped more than 10 seconds off the leaders as a result, but that deficit was negated when Auer was tapped into a spin by Bruno Spengler, touching the barriers and bringing out the safety car.

On the restart, Green held off Rast, while Rockenfeller passed Wittmann, slotting in behind Muller and making it an Audi 1-2-3-4.

This became an Audi 1-2-3 when Green slowed, allowing Rast to win and Rockenfeller to take second after being waved past by Muller on the final lap.

Mercedes driver Gary Paffett and Ekstrom had also dispatched Wittmann on the restart, Paffett then picking off the Swede to finish fourth.

Wittmann briefly re-took the spot from Ekstrom, but was consigned to sixth with a late move at Turn 3.

BMW's Timo Glock, Audi's Loic Duval and Mecedes duo Paul di Resta and Robert Wickens completed the top 10.

The outcome of the race leaves Ekstrom on 172 points to Rast's 151 heading into the Hockenheim decider.

Four other drivers – Green on 137, Rockenfeller and Wittmann on 134 and Auer on 131 – also retain a mathematical shot at the title.

Race results:

Pos.#DriverCarGap
1 33 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 57'21.893
2 99 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1.025
3 51 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1.824
4 2 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 3.741
5 5 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 6.136
6 11 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 7.968
7 16 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 8.181
8 77 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 8.457
9 3 united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 9.328
10 6 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11.305
11 36 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 12.126
12 15 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 12.696
13 31 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 14.745
14 53 united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 16.754
15 63 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 27.255
16 7 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 28.571
17  48 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7 laps
Ret 22 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM -
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Series DTM
Event Spielberg
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Mike Rockenfeller , René Rast , Nico Müller
Article type Race report