Zandvoort DTM: Wickens controls Saturday race

Mercedes driver Robert Wickens converted pole position into a comfortable victory in the first race of the DTM round at Circuit Park Zandvoort.

Zandvoort DTM: Wickens controls Saturday race
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team ART, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

The Canadian delivered Mercedes' first win at the venue since 2010 and moved up to second in the points standings as a result.

At the start, Wickens quickly moved across to cover BMW driver Marco Wittmann, allowing himself to comfortably lead through the first few corners before the safety car came out for a startline shunt.

The accident in question took Maximilian Gotz and Adrien Tambay out the race, after Tambay had nearly stalled and Martin Tomczyk pushed Gotz into the Frenchman while trying to move up the order.

Tomczyk was handed a drive-through as a result and the race would restart on lap 4, with Wittmann managing to hang on within DRS range of Wickens over the first few green flag laps.

However, around the time the slow zone came out for Augusto Farfus crashing out in the barriers at Turn 8, Wickens cleared the one-second mark and proceeded to check out.

The outcome of the victory battle was under no doubt from that point on, as Wickens established a gap of more than seven seconds by the time the chequered flag came out.

Points leader Wittmann, meanwhile, came under pressure from Christian Vietoris, but managed to deny Mercedes a 1-2, scoring just his second podium of the season.

With two laps to go, Vietoris swapped positions with Gary Paffett to allow the Briton to have a go at Wittmann - but it came to naught, and the German was allowed to re-pass the Briton on the final tour.

Jamie Green drove a lonely race in fifth, with Antonio Felix da Costa holding off Mattias Ekstrom and Dani Juncadella to pick up sixth.

Mercedes and Renault F1 tester Esteban Ocon scored his first DTM points with a ninth-place finish, with Maxime Martin making up the top 10.

Edoardo Mortara, who had entered the race as championship runner-up, was penalised for going too fast in the slow-zone when he was running sixth on track.

His spot in the championship has now been taken by Wickens, who is 10 points off points leader Wittmann.

Race results

Pos.DriverCarTime/Interval
1  Robert Wickens   Mercedes 41:55.441
2  Marco Wittmann   BMW  7.217
3  Christian Vietoris   Mercedes 1.770
4  Gary Paffett   Mercedes 1.670
5  Jamie Green   Audi 1.969
6  António Félix da Costa   BMW  5.552
7  Mattias Ekström   Audi  0.699
8  Daniel Juncadella   Mercedes 0.289
9  Esteban Ocon   Mercedes 0.672
10  Maxime Martin   BMW 3.754
11  Timo Scheider   Audi  0.294
12  Lucas Auer   Mercedes 4.196
13  Bruno Spengler   BMW 1.970
14  Mike Rockenfeller   Audi  0.372
15  Paul di Resta   Mercedes 0.474
16  Tom Blomqvist   BMW  0.518
17  Edoardo Mortara   Audi  0.159
18  Miguel Molina   Audi  0.713
19  Martin Tomczyk   BMW  6.846
20  Nico Muller   Audi  0.415
21  Timo Glock   BMW  5.455
Ret  Augusto Farfus   BMW   
Ret  Adrien Tambay Audi  
Ret  Miguel Molina Audi  
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