Audi's Mike Rockenfeller says he is pleased with second place finish at Oschersleben, which has put the reigning champion at the top of the DTM standings.

Despite crossing the line just 0.6 seconds behind the man of the hour, Christian Vietoris, Rockenfeller's race early on had looked in peril.

The 2013 champion, who started on the harder standard tyre, languished early on with the Phoenix driver dropping down to 13th, struggling to generate any tyre temperature in drizzly conditions.

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Rockenfeller though soon catapulted his way back up the order once the trio of safety car phases tightened the field, allowing for a frenetic climax to the race.

Like Vietoris' HWA squad, Rockenfeller's Phoenix team masterfully pitted their RS5 well before the majority of the field for the obligatory 'pit window' stop and later reaped the benefits once the third and final safety car period eradicated the front-runners advantage.

He now leads the title chase from Vietoris by five-points, already looking just as ruthlessly efficient as last season.

"It was a chaotic race. I started on standard tires and that wasn't a good choice for the initial conditions," said Rockenfeller.

"For me, the race seemed to be over at that time. But then Team Phoenix made a superb decision and called me in for the tire change at exactly the right moment.

"Even victory would have still been possible. But second place is good, too. We scored a lot of points and clinched the lead of the standings.

"It was a great day for us. 'Many thanks' to Audi and to Team Phoenix."