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Scheider hangs on to DTM lead.

Timo Scheider remains in the lead in the battle for the DTM drivers' title despite a disappointing result on Sunday at the Nurburgring, after Audi wrongly guessed the weather.

As is often the case at the 'Ring - and as in qualifying on Saturday – rain played a key part in deciding the outcome of the seventh round in the championship and with Audi's expert meteorologists predicting precipitation for the start, virtually all of its drivers' opted to start the formation lap on rain tyres.

However, instead of a shower there were only a few drops of rain and while some, including Scheider, switched to slicks immediately, others waited until the first few laps - regardless though, they all lost ground.

Scheider then put in a great recovery drive, which ultimately netted him fifth place and crucial championship points.

It wasn't an easy run however, and he only got the better of Mattias Ekstrom late on, when a switch back to wets five laps from the end, allowed him to pass the Red Bull-backed man. He almost got Mercedes driver Gary Paffett for fourth too, but in the end finished fractionally behind.

"That was one of the most eventful races in my DTM career so far. I can't remember ever having pitted four times in a single race," said Scheider. "It all started with a wrong tyre decision. When we changed tyres after the formation lap we were initially running at the rear of the field.

"Afterwards, the 'weather gods' were neither in favour of nor against us. After using slicks twice it was not an easy decision to risk wets once more. I didn't know whether the remaining distance would be enough for that.

"In the end, I at least came fifth though and I continue to lead the championship, which is great. After my ninth grid position, I knew that it would be difficult today. Still finishing fifth is at least a way of limiting the damage. I have been fighting like a bull, but that was all I could do today."

Mattias Ekstrom meanwhile was not pleased with sixth, although he remains up there in the title race, third in the standings, with 38 points, six less than Scheider.

"Starting from the pit lane was a new experience. But then the whole race was a bit unusual," he added. "On the first five to ten laps I had to overtake a lot of cars. After that, the race was more or less normal.

"On the last ten laps we were running on slicks in the wet. I had a hard fight with Gary Paffett. Unfortunately, I lost it in the end. Sixth place after starting from the pit lane is okay, but on the whole this race was of course a huge disappointment for me."


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Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Abt   [pic credit: Audi Motorsport]
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Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
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Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
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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]
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Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit Audi]

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