Nurburgring DTM: Mortara passes Auer to claim Race 2 win

Edoardo Mortara took his third DTM victory of the season in Race 2 at the Nurburgring and took second place in the standings.

Nurburgring DTM: Mortara passes Auer to claim Race 2 win

Running fourth after the start, Mortara passed two people with an advantageous pit strategy and then overtook pole-sitter Lucas Auer to win.

While Auer had a good getaway to lead after the start, he was never able to pull away from Marco Wittmann and a several other cars kept up with the leading duo.

The gap remained under a second between the duo, who were among the first drivers to go into the pits, doing that on the same lap.

Auer rejoined as the provisional leader but Wittmann found himself behind Bruno Spengler, who was running third earlier and stopped a lap before.

Slowly losing ground, Spengler gave up his spot to Wittmann as they soon caught up with drivers yet to pit.

Among those pitting late - mainly Audi drivers - Edoardo Mortara was confidently at the front and the Italian managed to rejoin ahead of Wittmann's BMW after finally stopping.

Running on significantly fresher tyres, Mortara soon started to challenge Auer.

After holding off the initial attack, Auer had to give up the lead as Mortara went around the outside of him with ease at Turn 1.

The Italian had superior pace, leading by 1.7s after a single lap and winning by over three seconds.

The BMW duo of Wittmann and Spengler came under pressure from Mattias Ekstrom, who was also running on new tyres.

The Swede first passed Spengler by hitting him at Turn 1 but he gave up the spot and made a fair move a lap later.

He rapidly closed in on Wittmann but only arrived in passing distance on the last lap and the 2014 champion managed to keep the final podium position.

Nico Muller also passed Spengler for fifth, with Gary Paffett taking seventh despite being sent into a spin by Jamie Green.

BMW's Tom Blomqvist, Mercedes's Daniel Juncadella and Audi's Miguel Molina completed the top 10.

Title contenders Robert Wickens and Green only finished 14th and 17th respectively, the latter receiving a drive-through for hitting Paffett.

Paul di Resta was the sole retirement of the race as his car was damaged following contact with Timo Glock at the start.

With two rounds remaining, Wittmann continues to lead the championship by 33 points over Mortara.

Race results

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1  Edoardo Mortara  Audi RS5 DTM 1:01'31.597  
2  Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:01'35.323 3.726
3  Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 1:01'39.123 7.526
4  Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 1:01'39.446 7.849
5  Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 1:01'40.779 9.182
6  Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 1:01'43.409 11.812
7  Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:01'50.570 18.973
8  Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 1:01'52.492 20.895
9  Daniel Juncadella  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:01'53.423 21.826
10  Miguel Molina  Audi RS5 DTM 1:01'56.506 24.909
11  Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 1:01'58.817 27.220
12  Timo Scheider  Audi RS5 DTM 1:01'59.528 27.931
13  Martin Tomczyk  BMW M4 DTM 1:02'03.027 31.430
14  Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:02'04.043 32.446
15  Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 1:02'05.775 34.178
16  Adrien Tambay  Audi RS5 DTM 1:02'09.026 37.429
17  Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 1:02'11.770 40.173
18  Christian Vietoris  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:02'12.554 40.957
19  Felix Rosenqvist  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:02'17.143 45.546
20  Antonio Felix da Costa  BMW M4 DTM 1:02'26.419 54.822
21  Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 1:02'31.603 1'00.006
22  Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 1:02'32.168 1'00.571
23  Maximilian Götz  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1:02'40.477 1'08.880
   Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 2'11.143 42 Laps
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