DTM Nürburgring (1st race)

DTM Nürburgring (1st race)
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D he 15th round of the 2015 DTM season had to be started twice. On the first attempt, Pole man Lucas Auer, Pascal Wehrlein and Maxime Martin fought for the lead after the first corner. With the best ending for the BMW driver. Martin positioned himself on the inside and, to his displeasure, pushed Wehrlein onto the flank, which is why Bruno Spengler and Edoardo Mortara slipped through the championship leader.

Bad accident between Green and Molina

flew in midfield the carbon parts. Tom Blomqvist, winner of the last race in Oschersleben, turned Jamie Green around in the turmoil. Miguel Molina then tried to turn around his Audi brand colleague on the left. But Mattias Ekström drove there. With no alternative, Molina crashed into Green. The end for both pilots. The race management stopped the race after the accident.

All drivers then lined up on the start-finish straight. Wehrlein climbed out of his car and angrily knocked on the side window of Martin's BMW. The Belgian later commented casually on TV: 'I was inside after the start. Of course the wheels stopped, but that's racing.'

The restart took place behind the safety car. In the order Martin, Spengler, Mortara, Wehrlein and Maximilian Götz. The 29-year-old Belgian quickly pulled away from Spengler. The Canadian, for his part, formed a train behind him. Until it got too colorful for Mortara. The Italian grabbed second place with a courageous overtaking maneuver at the end of the home straight. Spengler not only slipped through Wehrlein, but severely damaged the right front side of the vehicle. Spengler then fell further behind before giving up.

Martin drives safely to victory

Martin had everything up front under control and took his first win of the season after 25 laps. It was his second overall after the success in Russia in 2014. 'BMW did a great job. The car was very good today,' praised the winner. With a gap of 2.5 seconds, Mortara rolled over the finish line in second place. Because Mattias Ekström only scored one point in tenth, Mortara overtook his Audi colleague and is now the first Wehrlein hunter.

The Mercedes F1 young driver took another step towards the DTM championship with his third place . 'It was a tough race. After the start, my car was gonedamaged. I may need a little more time to calm down completely. But at least I expanded my lead. 'After 15 runs, Wehrlein has 155 points and 27 points ahead of Mortara. Ekström is 28 points short of the top.

In fourth position was Gary Paffett, who Started the race from 14th on the grid and took home a good result. Behind him was the next Mercedes driver in Maximilian Götz. It was the best result of his DTM rookie season to date. For Lucas Auer it was enough after just over 40 minutes To sixth place. In view of the starting position certainly not the desired result of the Austrian.

Defending champion Wittmann steered his M4 to the finish in seventh position, ahead of Robert Wickens, who squeezed past António Félix da Costa shortly before the end In total, five Mercedes drivers ended up in the top 10 in Saturday's race at the Nürburgring.


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