Marco Wittmann has protected his healthy championship lead after securing BMW's 250th DTM podium with third place at the Nurburgring.

The Team RMG driver convincingly won the opening race on Saturday and found himself in contention to repeat the same feat on Sunday but ultimately had to settle for third - guiding BMW to yet another milestone in the DTM.

Wittmann was forced to defend his position on the rostrum during the dying laps after Audi's Mattias Ekstrom made a late attack for third position.

The 26-year old pitted much earlier than Ekstrom and consequently became vulnerable to pace of the Swedish veteran on fresher tyres.

"We made it onto the podium again, even though it was very close with Mattias Ekstr?m at the end. Therefore, I am happy with today - and proud to have claimed a milestone podium for BMW in the DTM," said Wittmann.

"Lucas Auer had a very good start and I could not find a way past him without taking too many risks. Our pace was good, but we were at a bit of a disadvantage after our pit stop."

Wittmann's challenge became slightly compromised once the leading the pack had to fight their way through the runners who hadn't made their compulsory stop.

By the time the championship leader had got past the net race leader Lucas Auer's Mucke team mate Christian Vietoris, Edoardo Mortara had already leapfrogged Wittmann's BMW M4.

"The opposition had left a few drivers out to hold up the leading group. That allowed Edoardo Mortara to work his way through to the front and possibly cost me second place. Despite this, it was a good weekend for me," Wittmann continued.

"I won yesterday, and finished third to claim a spot on the podium today. That is a great result for me and for BMW Team RMG."

Wittmann now heads to Hungary with a 33-point over Mortara. Coincidentally, the German was the last driver to win at the Hungaroring back in 2014.