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Norisring: Muller 'overjoyed' with maiden DTM victory

An 'overjoyed' Nico Muller reaps the rewards of making key overnight set up changes to his RS 5 after claiming his first ever DTM win at the Norisring.
Audi's Nico Muller was 'overjoyed' to bounce back from a disappointing first Norisring race by securing his maiden DTM victory ahead of Tom Blomqvist during race two.

In what has been a weekend of contrasting fortunes for the Team Abt Sportsline driver, Muller ended his Norisring adventure on a high after producing a measured drive to score Audi's second win of the event.

Muller finished 21st during the Saturday race thanks largely to a drive-through penalty, which was issued to the RS 5 driver after accidentally tagging his Audi team mate Mike Rockenfeller into a spin.

The 24-year old atoned for his race one misfortune in the best way possible after making the most of an alternative pit strategy, which allowed Muller to leapfrog BMW's Blomqvist for the lead.

Muller's breakthrough win marks only the second time Muller has reached the DTM rostrum since joining the series back in 2014.

"Winning my first DTM race for Audi here at the Norisring of all places is simply an incredible feeling," said Müller.

"Following the disappointing result yesterday, we made the right changes to the car. My RS 5 DTM was fantastic today and my pit stop was super-fast.

"Thank you to Audi Sport, thank you to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and thank you to everyone who believed in me – first and foremost Dieter Gass! I'm overjoyed!"

Audi's Head of DTM Dieter Gass praised the manner in which Muller attacked today's 72-lap race.

"Nico (Müller) drove like an old hand today and showed why we took him on board at Audi. Nico has had a strong season so far and has now crowned it with his first victory in the DTM.

"That we've been able to win both races at the Norisring following a 14-year barren spell is fantastic. Obviously, it's a shame that we lost a few points today. But we're not going to let this spoil our partying mood in any way."



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Nico Muller - Audi Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Daniel Juncadella - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit Mercedes]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Felix Rosenqvist - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART [pic credit Mercedes]

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