Wickens wins, Ekström is saved and Auer fails in the Ring


Robert Wickens has achieved its first victory of the season in the DTM after winning the second race of the weekend at the Nürburgring. The pilot of the Mercedes-AMG has been given the task of leading the doublet of the mark, the whole time Paul Di Resta has finished second. Marco Wittmann has closed the podium in a race in which Lucas Auer has lost a great opportunity of robbing the lead of the DTM, which in turn has strengthened the position of Mattias Ekström, that with a good comeback saves a ‘match ball’ way of circuits and weights of compensation in more favourable.

Paul Di Resta was the first position in the output, making useless the efforts of Marco Wittmann, which had sunk hours before the pole position. With the dry asphalt and a cloudy sky, but with no danger of rain, the race seemed to start with far fewer nuances that the disputed on the day of the sabbath. False sense, because it barely met the third lap of the race, Lucas Auer made a spinning top that made him fall out of the podium positions provisional until beyond the twelfth position. This error of lump accelerated a change of strategy for Auer.

despite the struggle on the track and the exchange of positions that kept Marco Wittmann as the new leader of the test, the step-by-pit gave him a dose of chaos to the fight for the lead. A slow stop of Paul Di Resta made him fall behind Robert Wickens. Shortly after and with the tyres still cold, Robert Wickens overcame Marco Wittmann to be placed as a virtual leader. In direct fight for the lead, Wickens and Wittmann were touching. Robert Wickens managed to strengthen its leadership and Marco Wittmann lost his position with Paul Di Resta as a result of this mishap.


While the positions of the three leaders, they were stabilised with Wickens in the head, behind the battle was even more intense. Timo Glock banged from behind in the chicane Nico Müller, in a mishap with a certain violence that was coming back to pick up the controversy about the team orders, and the proceeding block of Audi. Be that as it may, I was not the only incident in the final stretch of the race, because that Maxime Martin and Gary Paffett also played, sending at limbo of the minimum chances that you both had to reach the last positions, with the right to points.

With more troubles than expected having regard to the performance during the whole race, Robert Wickens signed the victory with a lead of just three tenths, as compared with Paul Di Resta. The veteran pilot was taken out of the sleeve a ‘stint’ in the final that almost went to suffer in order to retain Wittmann to jump up to give chase to the leader. The own Marco Wittmann closed the podium despite the pressure of his teammate Bruno Spengler, while Maro Engel crossed the finish line in the fifth position in a career that has shot without rivals close for much of the same.

Mattias Ekström signed a valuable sixth position. The swede managed to save a weekend very complicated at the Nürburgring because of the burdens of compensation and the changing climate. In fact, Ekström has strengthened its leadership with the eight points that have been joined after getting another good comeback, all while Lucas Auer was this time out of the points. In fact, Jamie Green finished seventh after yielding his position to Mattias Ekström in the final moments of the race, with Timo Glock, Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist closing the Top 10 with three of the BMW M4 DTM.

Classification Race 2 of the DTM 2017 at the Nürburgring

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Distance
1 Robert Wickens Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM 40 turns
2nd Paul Di Resta Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +0.362
3rd Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM +7.589
4th Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM +7.955
5th Maro Engel Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM +15.995
6th Mattias Ekström Audi RS 5 DTM +20.549
7th Jamie Green Audi RS 5 DTM +22.887
8th Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM +40.196
9th Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM +40.307
10th Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM +41.818