Lausitz DTM: Molina sees off Green for Race 1 win

Miguel Molina became the fifth different winner from the five races of the 2016 DTM campaign so far, seeing off Audi stablemate Jamie Green with a DRS pass.

Lausitz DTM: Molina sees off Green for Race 1 win
Miguel Molina, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Mattias Ekström, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi A5 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

The Spaniard entered the Lausitzring weekend with just one point from the past four races to his name, but managed to add 25 to his tally despite having surrendered the lead on the opening lap.

Off the line, both Molina and Green were slower than third-placed BMW driver Marco Wittmann, but Wittmann could not find a way past and lost out to Robert Wickens instead - as the Audi duo up ahead entered Turn 1 side by side.

Green held the inside line and managed to stick alongside Molina through Turn 2 before finally edging ahead into Turn 3.

Yet the Spaniard, who had only converted one of his five past poles in the DTM into a win, was undeterred, keeping up with Green over the opening laps.

He stayed well within half a second of the race lead during the early stint, before lining up a DRS pass into Turn 1 on lap 8, with Green sticking to the outside to avoid contact.

From that point on, it was all Mortara, the Spaniard escaping out of Green's DRS reach with a fastest laptime of the race on lap 10 and continuing to edge ahead.

The gap would eventually stabilise between two and three seconds as Molina coasted to the chequered flag, while Green successfully held off Wickens to complete an Audi 1-2.

Having run Wickens close early on, Wittmann had to do with fourth place, withstanding massive pressure from first Lucas Auer and then Christian Vietoris.

And despite Wittmann missing out on the podium, the German has moved from fifth to first in the championship standings.

Vietoris settled for fifth, with Mattias Ekstrom passing Auer for sixth place and holding on to the spot.

It was eighth for Edoardo Mortara, ninth for Maxime Martin - the only driver to score in each of the five races of the season so far - and 10th for Nico Muller.

The only retirement of the race was Martin Tomczyk, hit by Esteban Ocon early on and having to nurse his severely crabbing car to the pits. Ocon was handed a drive-through for his role in the collision.

Race results

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Miguel Molina Audi 42:04.244
2 Jamie Green Audi 2.034
3 Robert Wickens Mercedes 4.175
4 Marco Wittmann BMW 8.724
5 Christian Vietoris Mercedes 9.759
6 Mattias Ekstrom Audi 10.398
7 Lucas Auer Mercedes 10.794
8 Edoardo Mortara Audi 14.437
9 Maxime Martin BMW 17.808
10 Nico Muller Audi 18.414
11 Bruno Spengler BMW 18.965
12 Timo Glock BMW 22.282
13 Paul di Resta Mercedes 31.821
14 Gary Paffett Mercedes 33.128
15 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 36.391
16 Maximilian Gotz Mercedes 38.400
17 Timo Glock Audi 39.396
18 Dani Juncadella Mercedes 40.298
19 Mike Rockenfeller Audi 41.509
20 Adrien Tambay Audi 42.741
21 Augusto Farfus BMW 43.286
22 Tom Blomqvist BMW 43.912
23 Esteban Ocon Mercedes 49.778
Ret Martin Tomczyk BMW  
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