Ralf Schumacher scored his first ever point in the DTM at the Nurburgring on Sunday, coming through in the changeable weather conditions to secure eighth spot overall.

The German, who is in his debut year in the German tin-top series having previously competed in F1 with Jordan, Williams and Toyota, was delighted to open his account on only his seventh outing, especially as rain made the whole weekend extra challenging.

Indeed qualifying was severely affected and in the end the officials, somewhat controversially, set the grid based on the times in Q1, something that put Ralf seventh on the grid, another 'best' for him.

"This is a great result," said the ex-F1 man. "I am really happy that I scored my first DTM point and this in such difficult conditions.

"It was an exciting race and everything was possible today. I thank my team - everybody did a great job."

Mercedes boss Norbert Haug was impressed with Ralf's drive to P8 and branded it awesome: "It was a great race, which is very good for the series. The field was very well balanced and the year-old cars were in good positions, too. Ralf has scored his first point. That was a good performance from him, especially in this weather," he continued.

"Today, the tyre choice was certainly key, but in the end the drivers are the ones that have to battle it out on the track."

Ralf's team-mate Maro Engel meanwhile didn't do so well in the sister car and he retired after an incident with the Audi of Katherine Legge on lap 26.

"I got stuck behind Katherine Legge for awhile and when I wanted to pass her, she pulled over to the right and pushed me towards the pit lane entry. Our cars touched, I spun and got stuck in the gravel," explained the JungeSterne AMG Mercedes C-Class driver.

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