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Budapest: Wittmann salvages 'important points' to retain DTM lead

Marco Wittmann: The 12 points are important to help us progress. We couldn't have improved on finishing in seventh and fourth this weekend.
DTM championship leader Marco Wittmann recovered from his dramatic start-line clash with title rival Edoardo Mortara to re-extend his points advantage over the Audi driver at the Hungaroring.

Having finished seventh in yesterday's sprint race, Wittmann qualified third for the Sunday feature race but was immediately caught in an altercation which involved the top three drivers in the standings.

A poor launch from Audi's Mortara gave Wittmann the opportunity to move past the Italian heading down towards turn one but the pair made contact which then sent the German's BMW M4 into the hapless Jamie Green.

Despite suffering a certain degree of damage to the front right of his RMG-run M4, Wittmann recovered best from the incident while Mortara and Green both eventually retired from the race.

Giving his take on the altercation, Wittmann said: "I had a very good start, whereas Edo didn't. His wheels were spinning. I had all the momentum. I went over to his side of the track.

"I think he wanted to block Eki first and he pushed me over onto the grass - although I was already alongside him. There was contact, and I had to drive across the grass.

"There was contact again when I came back. In my opinion, it was caused by Edo's mistake at the start. And obviously I won't just back down."

After being comprehensively beaten by Audi and Mortara on Saturday, Wittmann and BMW looked in real trouble ahead of the Sunday leg of the weekend.

But 12 precious points to back up his seventh place finish in race one has moved Wittmann back into a relatively healthy 26 point lead ahead of Mortara.

"The 12 points are important to help us progress. We couldn't have improved on finishing in seventh and fourth this weekend. The competition from Audi was extremely strong. So these points are even more important."



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Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit DTM]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
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]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit Audi]

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