DTM » 1 January 1901
Second consecutive win for Tomczyk.
Martin Tomczyk has closed the gap on championship leader Mattias Ekstrom in the DTM standings after scoring his second victory in a row with a lights-to-flag display at the Nurburgring.
A far more clear cut win than at Zandvoort last time out, Tomczyk was not troubled at any point in the race, merely pulling away at the start and maintaining a conservative pit strategy that would see him cross the line six seconds up on second placed Bruno Spengler.
An evenly matched contest between Audi and Mercedes, the former manufacturer led the way early on when Tomczyk got out in front ahead of Timo Scheider and Tom Kristensen, with Bruno Spengler and Bernd Schneider in fourth and fifth ensuring it was a case of 'as you were' from the startline.
Spengler however was all over Kristensen and battled his way past on lap seven, just as the first round of pit stops were starting.
Unsurprisingly, the race was pitched into a myriad of different strategies, many drivers choosing to conduct both of their pit stops in quick succession, before a handful of drivers had even come in for the first of their two stops.
Those to adopt that strategy were Schneider, Scheider, Paul di Resta, Alex Premat and Gary Paffett who were all racing to the finish within 13 of the 43 laps. Tomczyk on the other hand chose to complete his two pit stops at a more normal time, pitting first on lap 21 and again on lap 31.
However, despite the different tactics being pursued up and down the field, the final result actually managed to reflect the form of the drivers, with most of them emerging in the latter stages where they had started. Not that it meant the race was no less eventful, particularly in the final laps as drivers attempted to make up for lost ground on the track rather than the pit lane.
Tomczyk though was in a clear lead, with Spengler – having passed Scheider at his second pit stop – a considerable distance back, but himself well up on that battle for the final podium position.
That placing had been occupied by Scheider, as it had been for much of the race, but the German bowed to pressure from within to sacrifice the position to championship leader Ekstrom, who had battled his way impressively into contention from tenth on the grid.
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