di Resta wins but controversy reigns in Spain.

Paul di Resta has kept his DTM title hopes alive with a fine drive to victory in the latest round at Barcelona, although Timo Scheider's second place means he remains in prime position for the championship.

Although no mid-race boycotts afflicted the race this year, the event was still marred by a number of controversial incidents, most notably on the final lap when Mattias Ekstrom and Jamie Green came to blows.

Nonetheless, none of this concerned di Resta, who ran behind Scheider in the early stages after the German took the lead at the first corner. Further back, Tom Kristensen – forced to the back of the grid after brake-testing Gary Paffett in the pit-lane during qualifying – was given the first of a few drive-thru penalties for hitting Susie Stoddart.

At the front, di Resta appeared to have the edge on Scheider, the Scot mirroring the German but being unable to pull alongside. It looked like di Resta would jump ahead after the first round of pit-stops, but despite stopping later, he slotted in back behind.

Nonetheless, it took just three laps for di Resta to make his move as Scheider, momentarily distracted by Katherine Legge crashing off at Campsa, opened the door heading into La Caixa. Although it wasn't a pretty manoeuvre and there was contact, di Resta was through and immediately began putting distance between himself and Scheider.

For the most part, the race remained relatively uneventful, with Schneider in a lonely third, while Martin Tomczyk settled into fourth after harassing the pole sitter in the early stages.

Instead, Ekstrom commanded a lot of the attention as he embarked on a different pit-stop strategy, the Swede leading on two occasions as he dragged his stints out as long as possible. It eventually paid off when he came back out in sixth – three places up on where he was at the beginning of the race – but it was his feud with Green that is expected to rumble on.

Amidst a flurry tussling back markers, Ekstrom had caught Green quickly, the Brit struggling with his tyres in the latter stages, but his dive down the inside of turn one on the final lap was that of desperation, the collision turning the Mercedes around.

Green got going again to catch Ekstrom up by the end of the lap, although it isn't certain whether the Swede was in trouble or slowing to allow Green back through. However, the Brit made his feelings known when he barged Ekstrom off the circuit at the chicane, only for the Audi to come back on the track and do the same to Green. The contact eventually ended when Green was pushed onto the gravel, dropping him to eighth in the process.

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Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
Pascal Wehrlein - gooix Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
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Lucas Auer - Mercedes AMG C63 DTM [pic credit Mercedes Media]
Jamie Green - Rosberg Audi [pic credit Audi Media]
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Esteban Ocon poses with the Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
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AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Mattias Ekstrom - Abt Audi [pic credit DTM Media]
Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes [pic credit DTM Media]

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