HWA's Pascal Wehrlein says winning the opening DTM race at the Moscow Raceway was the perfect tonic following the dramatic Red Bull Ring events.

The Mercedes F1 reserve driver defeated defending champion Marco Wittmann in an intriguing race long duel to go top of the points standings ahead of Audi's Mattias Ekstrom.

Wittmann soaked up lap upon lap of unrelenting pressure from Wehrlein but the HWA driver finally forged his way past the BMW M4 after unleashing a perfectly executed dive at the final corner with four-laps to go.

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"That was a great race and the right reply to Spielberg. My car was just brilliant today, for which I have my team to thank," said Wehrlein.

"I realised at the start that we had a strong car. I knew that the tyre degradation on the BMWs is usually slightly higher, so I had to be patient for a little while before mounting a well-planned overtaking manoeuvre.

"It was, though, a bit of a surprise attack that succeeded. Marco defended with everything he had but raced very fairly. This is exactly how a scrap should be. I'm absolutely delighted with the race."

As a result of Ekstrom's race ending collision with BMW's Timo Glock, for which the Swede has been penalised for, Wehrlein leads the title race by eight-points after initially trailing by 17.