BMW's Marco Wittmann has now moved 35-points clear of his nearest championship rival after securing a dominant third DTM win of the season at the Nurburgring.

Having inherited pole position from the penalty hit Mercedes of Lucas Auer, Wittmann charged away from the chasing the pack to win the first race of the weekend by over 7-seconds.

Wittmann was left to his own devices at the front of the field while his BMW team mate Tom Blomqvist successfully neutralised the threat posed by Audi's Jamie Green and Edoardo Mortara, who are both attempting to close the gap on the German in the championship.

Mortara very nearly forced his way past Blomqvist on two occasions but the Brit held his ground and took precious championship points away from Wittmann's challengers.

Green was the nearest of Wittmann's title rivals to join him on the podium while Robert Wickens - despite maintaining second in the standings by a single point - finished a distant ninth.

"That was a mega race. I am absolutely delighted with the win - not only for me, but also for my team, which has won at its home event for the third year in a row," said Wittmann.

"I had a very good start and was able to defend my lead in the first corner. After that, I just tried to open a gap ahead of Tom Blomqvist and keep my rhythm.

"After the guys behind me were involved in a few battles, I had a comfortable lead. All I had to do then was bring it home."