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DTM Moscow 2013 (race): Audi driver Rockenfeller takes victory

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V started from pole position Mike Rockenfeller celebrating the 2nd win of the season after Brands Hatch. The 29-year-old Audi driver made no mistakes at the DTM premiere in Russia and won a race shaped by strategy. However, championship runner-up Bruno Spengler had to deal with a setback. Not only did he have to let Rockenfeller lap him on lap 73 - in the end the BMW driver couldn't get past 18th place. With that he lost valuable points in the fight for the 2013 DTM championship

Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix entered the race with option tires, while his colleague Mattias Ekström surprisingly decided on the hard version. The pole setter got off to a dream start and kept his lead, followed by Mattias Ekström, Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler.

Rockenfeller stayed on option tires for a long time and drove one fast lap after the other. At the end of the day he had gained enough lead to pull past Ekström who was now in the lead after the second pit stop.
When the Audi RS 5 DTM crosses the finish line, Mike Rockenfeller is 1.3 seconds ahead of Ekström. Third was Augusto Farfus as the best BMW driver, who had to defend himself fiercely against the fourth-placed youngster Adrien Tambay in the final phase.

Disaster day for Bruno Spengler

Bruno Spengler, who started from 4th place in the race, had bigger problems right from the start. Already in lap 1 he lost a place to Jamie Green, one lap later he even had to let Gary Paffett go. Adrien Tambay and Pascal Wehrlein also squeezed past the black BMW as the race continued. Then suddenly Spengler spins on lap 4: He is hit by Miguel Molina in the first corner and falls back to the end of the field. Bitter for Spengler, that was the end of the race for him. 'Some drivers have an unfair driving behavior', the Canadian commented on the maneuver. In the end it was only enough for the disappointing 18th place and thus zero points in the battle for the championship for the current champion of the DTM 'v-A_-headline v-A_-headline__article - beta'> Disillusionment at Mercedes

After theWith a disappointing qualifying, the Mercedes squad also fell short of their own expectations in the race. Only the English runner-up Gary Paffett, in fifth place in the end, is the only Mercedes driver who was halfway able to keep up. With this result, winner Mike Rockenfeller and the Phoenix team will start the home race at the Nürburgring in two weeks with the necessary self-confidence.

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