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Mortara earns maiden DTM victory

3 June 2012

Edoardo Mortara has successfully translated his first DTM pole position into a first victory around Spielberg's Red Bull Ring following an immaculate drive ahead of BMW's Martin Tomczyk.

Championship leader Gary Paffett came home third despite spending most of the race glued to the rear of Mortara's Audi.

In fact, it was the Brit who led into turn 1, but thanks to a bold manoeuvre around the outside, coupled with a cautious entry into the opening curve from Paffett, Mortara reassumed the leading position leaving the excitement behind him.

Mortara was then able to resist race long pressure at the front, firstly from Paffett who very nearly got past the Audi man straight after the pairs second stop. The Italian then briefly left a gap on the run up towards the infamous Remus Kurve but firmly shut the door once the Mercedes man drew alongside.

It was then the turn of Tomczyk to take the fight to the Rosberg-run Audi. The German who pitted a lap later very nearly leapfrogged both of the leading pair, but after a couple of corners of panel bashing the leading trio eventually settled into the resulting formation.

Mattias Ekstrom and Jamie Green also joined the party making it a leading five but thanks to the close performance of the frontrunners the pair remained fourth and fifth for the duration.

Paffett now leads the standing by 36 points in front of Audi's Ekstrom, while Tomczyk now lies fifth thanks to his first podium of the year.

Today's big mover was the Audi of Timo Scheider whose race had looked in tatters following early contact with Augusto Farfus, which resulted in the German dropping to the rear of the field. However, thanks to a perfectly executed strategy boosted by front running pace, the former double champion salvaged an incredible sixth position.

The two Audi's of Filipe Albuquerque and Mike Rockenfeller came home seventh and eighth, demoting BMW's Joey Hand to ninth during the latter stages of the race, although he still scored his first points. Augusto Farfus rounded off the top ten for BMW.

Championship contender Bruno Spengler endured a difficult afternoon and retired towards the end of the race thanks to contact sustained from the opening lap carnage. Britain's Andy Priaulx along with Christian Vietoris, Adrien Tambay and BMW's Dirk Werner were also victims of the chaos.


by Simon Evans


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