BMW has won its first DTM race since its return in the championship, thanks to Bruno Spengler's performance at the Lausitzring, for the championship's second round.
Bruno Spengler on his way to victory (Photo: DTM.com)
Spengler, who set the pole position on Saturday, had to fend off Gary Paffett's (C Class Mercedes) attacks from the very first lap until the finish line.
It marked BMW's first victory since the German brand made its DTM return, after a 20-year-long absence, and 50th in the championship, but also the 10th DTM win for Spengler, who moves up to third in provisional classification, even though he was forced to an early retirement after an accident in the opening round in Hockenheim one week ago.
Paffett, who started from third position, had a good start and moved up to second ahead of Augusto Farfus' BMW, who started from outside row 1. The Brazilian concluded the race in third position, ahead of Jamie Green's Mercedes, who was on his way for a podium finish until a bad pit stop put him out of contention.
Mattias Ekström was the best Audi driver, the Swede finishing fifth.
Robert Wickens, the other Canadian in DTM, was forced to retire after an technical issue on his C Class Mercedes. His was the only retirement of the race.
Race results - DTM (Lausitzring)
1 - Bruno Spengler (BMW M3) - Schnitzer - 52 laps in 1h09min45.795s?
2 - Gary Paffett (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA + 1.019s
3 - Augusto Farfus (BMW M3) - RBM + 7.069s
4 - Jamie Green (Mercedes C-Coupe) - HWA + 7.676s?
5 - Mattias Ekstrom (Audi A5) - Abt + 21.362s
6 - Timo Scheider (Audi A5) - Abt + 22.607s?
7 - Martin Tomczyk (BMW M3) - RMG + 25.446s
8 - Edoardo Mortara (Audi A5) - Rosberg + 32.202s
1.Paffett 43 points; 2.Green 30; 3.Spengler et Ekstrom 25; 5.Farfus 15; 6.Vietoris 12; 7.Rockenfeller 10; 8.Priaulx e Scheider 8; 10.Schumacher 7, etc.
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