René Rast wins in Moscow and back in the lead of the DTM

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Rene Rast has earned the victory in the first race of the DTM at Moscow Raceway. With this win, the second of the season for the German rider, Rast is positioned at the front of the classification of the DTM, every time that Auer, Ekström and Green have fought for positions more delayed. With a certain amount of controversy, Mike Rockenfeller finished in second position despite the injury in the left foot that drags, , while the podium has been completed Marco Wittmann after passing on a nice duel end to a combative Robert Wickens who has been left with honey on the lips in the path Russian.

René Rast was asserting that the pole is inherited from Marco Wittmann to consolidate his first place ahead of Mike Rockenfeller. Behind Bruno Spengler and Lucas Auer were forced to go to the loophole to avoid a touch, something which however did not prevent the output off key. However, Timo Glock was pushing off the track to Mattias Ekström, leader of the DTM, just when it was disputed by half a turn. The pilot Swedish returned to the track in the last few posts of the bunch. Paul Di Resta, Maxime Martin and Edo Mortara came from the tire change mandatory at the end of the first round.

Mike Rockenfeller and Augusto Farfus wrestled then in a hard duel in which both drivers were played, but where ‘Rocky’ managed to retain the second position in front of a aggressive Farfus. As consequences of these touches, Farfus had to pass by the pit, something that also did Mattias Ekström and Tom Blomqvist. The swede returned to the track as the first of the riders stop carried, in the best position to roll with track clean and gain positions as other drivers came to meet his step-by-pit. Only Lucas Auer returned to the track ahead of Ekström, but the swede will prevail.

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While Nico Müller was penalised for ignoring the output, history was to repeat. Jamie Green was also able to get ahead of Ekström, but on cold tyres prevented him from face-planting the leader of the DTM, which surpassed him on the track. Lucas Auer following his steps also rebased to Jamie Green. Almost in parallel, in the front of the group, Timo Glock ahead of Marco Wittmann for the third position, although it put the German almost no options for activation of the DRS. All in all, Wittmann decided to pit for a new not to roll in the wake of his companion. Bruno Spengler, who did the same, was overtaken by Ekström, Auer and Green.

Following the step-by-pit of the last riders, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller managed to retain the first two positions of the race ahead of Marco Witmann and Robert Wickens. The canadian was the one who got more out of this maneuver that the ran ahead of the group formed by Glock, Auer, Green, Paffett and Ekström, this last ninth after making a mistake braking to be surpassed by Lucas Auer. After this maneuver, the race entered a phase of tense calm, motivated mainly by the difficulties offered by the route Moscow Raceway to move forward.

despite of all, Robert Wickens got to play around to overcome to Marco Wittmann for the third position, movement of the pilot of BMW coming apart at the end of the race. Gary Paffett yes managed to overtake Jamie Green for the seventh place, showing some form to Mattias Ekström the way. With this dance of positions, the race was nearing its end and René Rast was done with a new victory, despite the pressure of Mike Rockenfeller. Marco Wittmann take the podium to Robert Wickens, while Timo Glock was fifth. Lucas Auer, Gary Paffett and Mattias Ekström crossed the finish line sixth, seventh and eighth.

Classification Race 1 DTM 2017 at the Moscow Raceway

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Distance
1 René Rast Audi RS 5 DTM 57:50.085
2nd Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS 5 DTM +0.770
3rd Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM +3.899
4th Robert Wickens Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +6.098
5th Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM +9.498
6th Lucas Auer Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +14.663
7th Gary Paffett Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +17.696
8th Mattias Ekström Audi RS 5 DTM +17.795
9th Jamie Green Audi RS 5 DTM +24.310
10th Maro Engel Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +25.329