Former F1 driver Timo Glock has returned to the top of the DTM podium for the first time since Hockenheim 2013 while Pascal Wehrlein regains initiative in the title battle after finishing fifth at Oschersleben.

It took a while for the race to properly get underway as a multi-car pile-up into the first corner - seemingly caused by Mike Rockenfeller spearing into his Audi team mate Jamie Green - brought out an early safety car.

Rockenfeller was neck-and-neck with Mercedes' Robert Wickens but locked his brakes into turn one and ended up hitting Green. It was a double catastrophe for Team Rosberg as the Brit - who was an innocent bystander - spun into Nico Muller and forced his Audi stablemate into an eventual retirement.

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The race briefly got back underway on lap five but the safety car was once again called upon as the damaged bodywork from Wickens' HWA C63 finally detached itself and strewn debris all over the circuit.

From lap seven onwards, the race faced no other interruption as Team MTEK's Glock began to control proceedings from the front of the field.

His nearest challenger was from his MTEK team mate Bruno Spengler, who inherited second position after Antonio Felix da Costa let Spengler past between the two safety car phases.

Spengler is currently BMW's best hope of winning the drivers' championship after beginning the race fifth in the points standings.

The Canadian had already jumped to third at the start of the race when a lock up from Augusto Farfus paved the way for the 2012 champion to move ahead of the Brazilian and Tom Blomqvist.

Spengler was able to keep his team mate Glock honest during the opening half of the race but the German gradually increased his lead to just over two seconds and headed MTEK's first ever one-two result.

Team Schnitzer's da Costa maintained his footing on the final step of the rostrum ahead of Team RBM's Farfus in fourth.

Next up was the top Mercedes runner of Wehrlein in fifth. The HWA driver regained his championship lead ahead of Mattias Ekstrom but his afternoon was far from straightforward.

The Mercedes F1 reserve driver spent the entire race sandwiched between the two BMW's of Farfus and defending Marco Wittmann but it became apparent that the young German was nursing some sort of issue with over 13 laps to go.

Wehrlein dropped back from Farfus but managed to hold off an impatient Wittmann, who had to settle for sixth.

Blomqvist and Martin Tomczyk were the final two BMW's to score points in seventh and eighth while Team Abt's Miguel Molina somewhat saved Audi's afternoon in ninth.

Mucke's Daniel Juncadella was the last of the point's paying finishers in tenth.

Ekstrom - who started the race from plum last after enduring technical issues in qualifying - jumped up ten-places but it still wasn't enough to score points in 14th.