DTM Nürburgring: race 2 in detail | DTM
2015-09-27 13:15:00

DTM Nürburgring: race 2 in detail

  • Start for race 2.
  • Paul Di Resta and Bruno Spengler placed second and third.

Fans at the Nürburgring, where 69,000 spectators attended the event over the weekend, were treated to exceptionally good touring car racing: with entertaining position fights and closely-fought door-to-door duels, there were entertaining battles for the best positions and valuable points for the drivers’ standings in the 16th DTM race of the season. Miguel Molina only had little to do with all that: with a faultless drive, the Audi driver had his name written on the winners’ list at the Nürburgring and also scored his first major achievement in his 67th DTM race. Having started from pole position, the Spaniard scored a dominant and undisputed win in the 43 laps long DTM race on Sunday. “I have been waiting for a long time for my maiden win and now, we finally made it. Today is my day,” the jubilant winner said after the finish. Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta finished second in the Eifel, 7.5 seconds down. For the 2010 DTM champion, this was his best result of the season so far. BMW’s Bruno Spengler rounded out the Nürburgring podium by finishing third.

 

Behind fourth-placed Tom Blomqvist, Pascal Wehrlein finished fifth to extend his lead in the DTM drivers’ standings. His direct rivals in the battle for the championship crown, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström, didn’t score any points on Sunday. Ekström finished eleventh, Mortara retired after a collision with Timo Glock on lap 28.

Prior to the two final races of the season at Hockenheim, the battle for the title remains open. Pascal Wehrlein’s fifth place at the Nürburgring wasn’t quite enough to wrap up the title early, but he has the champion’s trophy within reach. The 20-year-old is heading home from the Eifel with 165 points. Prior to the DTM finale, where there are still 50 points at stake, Edoardo Mortara (128 points) is 37 points down. Mattias Ekström is third with 127 points from Bruno Spengler (119 points). The DTM finale with season races 17 and 18 will be held at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, October 16-18.

Start Green stalls. Molina in front. Scheider and Wickens collide in the first corner.
Lap 1 Wittmann taps Paffett into a spin. Safety car deployed because Scheider's car is stuck in the gravel in turn 1. Wittmann, Wickens into the pits.
Lap 2 Molina is leading from Blomqvist, Di Resta, Spengler, Farfus, Wehrlein, Götz, Glock, Juncadella, Rockenfeller.
Lap 3 Safety car in at the end of this lap. Wittmann under investigation for pushing another car.
Lap 4 Restart. For the moment, no position changes. Wittmann will be reported to the stewards of the meeting.
Lap 5 Wehrlein is sixth, Ekström is already up in tenth place. The reason for Wickens's retirement is broken suspension.
Lap 7 The use of DRS is now permitted.
Lap 8 Paffett into the pits - he retires.
Lap 9 Di Resta overtakes Blomqvist in the first corner and moves up into second. Glock and Juncadella collide, Ekström gets past.
Lap 10 Wehrlein overtakes Farfus and Götz and is now fifth. Götz gets past Farfus as well.
Lap 11 Juncadella also finds his way past Farfus.
Lap 12 Glock under investigation for a collision with Juncadella. Di Resta, Spengler, Blomqvist, Juncadella, Ekström, Glock, Martin, Félix da Costa into the pits.
Lap 13 No further action against Glock. Wehrlein, Götz, Farfus, Tomczyk, Mortara, Auer, Wittmann into the pits.
Lap 14 Molina into the pits.
Lap 15 Vietoris into the pits.
Lap 16 Tambay, Green into the pits.
Lap 17 Müller into the pits.
Lap 19 Wehrlein attacks Farfus for eighth, but initially to no avail, just like Ekström can't find a way past Glock for tenth. Wehrlein overtakes Farfus on the outside under braking for the Veedol chicane.
Lap 20 Ekström will be reported to the stewards of the meeting - pit stop light on his car not working.
Lap 21 Rockenfeller into the pits.
Lap 23 All drivers having made their stops, Molina is leading from Di Resta, Spengler, Blomqvist, Götz, Juncadella, Wehrlein, Rockenfeller, Farfus and Glock.
Lap 22 Auer into the pits for a second time.
Lap 24 Mortara attacks Tomczyk for twelfth, but Tomczyk stays in front.
Lap 25 Rockenfeller attacks Wehrlein in the battle for seventh, but to no avail.
Lap 26 Wehrlein finds a way past Juncadella for sixth, Juncadella keeps Rockenfeller at bay.
Lap 27 Ekström overtakes Glock for tenth place under braking for the first corner.
Lap 28 Mortara overtakes Glock, but ten the two collide and Mortara spins out. The situation is under investigation by the stewards. Mortara gets a warning for pushing another car, Glock gets a drive-through. Mortatra into the pits - he retires.
Lap 29 Glock into the pits for his penalty.
Lap 33 Götz allows Wehrlein through for fifth.
Lap 34 Ekström tries to get past Juncadella, but fails. In turn, Tomczyk passes both of them and is now ninth. Ekström drops back to eleventh.
Lap 43 Final lap.
Finish Molina wins from Di Resta, Spengler, Blomqvist, Wehrlein, Götz, Rockenfeller, Farfus, Tomczyk, Juncadella.

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