Christian Vietoris has hailed his HWA Mercedes squad's supreme Oschersleben race strategy, which handed the German his first ever win in the DTM championship.

Vietoris optimised a very clever Mercedes strategy, tailored for the dry-wet conditions, coupled with an inspired charge from the rear of the pack to rejuvenate life back into the 'three-pointed stars' DTM season.

The German chose to relinquish his 16th place starting slot and took to pit-lane, even before the lights went out, making a gamble on the wet-tyre as the race started under fine drizzle.

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The weather, fortunately for Vietoris, did intensify and thereafter his HWA team read the safety car dominated chaos to perfection, pitting the C-Coupe machine at precisely the right time.

Delighted with the victory, however, the 25-year old says he's fully aware that Mercedes still remain some way off Audi and BMW's front running pace.

Under dry circumstances during qualifying, their C-Coupe could only manage a best of tenth position courtesy of Pascal Werhlein.

"My first DTM victory! To have secured it under such difficult circumstances and in such an eventful race is simply incredible," said Vietoris.

"I'm absolutely delighted. We had been hoping for rain because our pace in the dry still isn't good enough. A wet weather race was our only chance of challenging for the win today, and we exploited this opportunity to the full.

"My team did a fantastic job today with the pit stops and strategy - this victory belongs to everyone in the crew. All the same, we need to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground.

"We are fully aware that we have to raise our performance under normal race conditions, and we'll be going about that very systematically in the coming weeks."