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Tomczyk triumphs as title rivals collide.

It is his sixth season in the DTM yet Martin Tomczyk can only finally now celebrate his first ever victory in the series after a controlled drive from pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya, a race that almost certainly gifted Bernd Schneider the title.

Triumphing for his first time on his 77th start in the championship, Tomczyk's win comes having spent several years playing the team game and allowing others to take his place, but with team-mate Tom Kristensen, the only Audi driver with a chance to take the title, finishing outside of the points, it was his turn to claim the limelight and earn a popular victory for the team.

Schneider took second place after an eventful race that included a collision with sparring partner Kristensen, a result that puts him just two points away from the title with just Le Mans and Hockenheim left on the calendar. Heinz-Harald Frentzen rounded off the podium to equal his best result of the season.

Competing in front of a healthy 42,000 strong crowd, the Spanish spectators were treated to a spectacular pile-up at the first corner that eliminated three cars, two of them belonging to Furturecom TME, Vanina Ickx and Nicolas Kiesa seemingly paying the price for their highly improved qualifying grid slots, while on the other hand Jamie Green paid the price for his lower than usual starting position by also retiring with damage.

The incident was kicked off by Christian Abt hitting the back of Kiesa's Audi, the Dane being forced into his team-mate Ickx, who in turn collected Green. Of the four drivers involved, only Abt, who has come into criticism for his robust driving recently, survived to race on.

While the action broke out behind them, Tomczyk had got the hammer down from the start, exiting the first corner in the lead ahead of Frentzen, Kristensen and Schneider, the four drivers staying as they were from their grid slots.

However, with Schneider determined not to let Audi manoeuvre their drivers into ideal positions, the German attempted to scupper their plans by getting his C-Class ahead of Kristensen, a tense move that was defined by the Le Mans legend hitting his rival, only for the collision to damage his A4, with Schneider seemingly unaffected.

It was a move that arguably gives the title to Schneider, the German going on to have a battle with Mattias Ekstrom, the Swede finding a way past initially but losing advantage through the pit stops and falling back to fourth place. Kristensen meanwhile was slipping back out of contention with his damaged car.

Ekstrom's hopes of a podium however were dashed when he was punished with a drive-through penalty for a rough move on Schneider for second place, even if an eventual fourth place was testament to his pace around the Spanish circuit.



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Martin Tomczyk (DER), Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2006.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Bernd Schneider (DER), HWA AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Heinz Harald Frentzen (DER), Audi Sport Team ABT Audi A4 DTM 2006.DTM, Round 4, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 30th June - 2nd July 2006.
Martin Tomczyk - BMW Team Schnitzer  [pic credit: DTM Media]
Martin Tomczyk (GER) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM
Martin Tomczyk (GER) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM
Martin Tomczyk (GER) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM
Andy Priaulx (GBR) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM and Martin Tomczyk (GER) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM
Andy Priaulx (GBR) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM and Martin Tomczyk (GER) BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM
BMW duo #7 Augusto Farfus (BR) - BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM - and #15 Martin Tomczyk (D) - BMW Team RMG, BMW M3 DTM - at Brands Hatch for race 2 of the 2013 DTM season. (Photo Credit: DTM)
The top three from qualifying ahead of race 2 of the 2013 DTM season: #7 Augusto Farfus (BR) - BMW Team RBM, BMW M3 DTM - #15 Martin Tomczyk (D) - BMW Team RMG, BMW M3 DTM -and #19 Mike Rockenfeller (D) - Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM. (Photo Credit: DTM)
#15 Martin Tomczyk (D) - BMW Team RMG, BMW M3 DTM - on track at Brands Hatch for race 2 of the 2013 DTM season. (Photo Credit: DTM)
Marco Wittmann. BMW Team MTEK. Barcelona test. March 2013 [Pic credit: DTM / www.hoch-zwei.net]
Marco Wittmann. BMW Team MTEK. Barcelona test. March 2013 [Pic credit: DTM / www.hoch-zwei.net]
Jamie Green. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Audi RS 5 DTM. Barcelona test 2013 [Pic credit: DTM / www.hoch-zwei.net]
Spielberg winner Edoardo Mortara on the podium with Martin Tomczyk [2nd] and Gary Paffett [3rd] [Pic credit: DTM]
Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW
Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW

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