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Nürburgring: Wickens finally claims first DTM victory

Robert Wickens win crazy DTM Nurburgring race for Mercedes
Mercedes' Robert Wickens has taken his first DTM victory in an utterly crazy rain-affected Nurburgring race, while Audi's Mike Rockenfeller goes a step closer in clinching the title outright.

The race was turned on its head even before the last red light went out as the field, all on slick tyres, was powerless to the torrential downpour which caused chaos within the opening laps and triggered a safety car.

Rockenfeller amazingly emerged as the leader once the race relatively settled down despite facing the wrong way as a result of the opening corner melee and ending the first lap plum last.

An inspired decision from the Phoenix crew to pit the German onto wet tyres gave the championship leader the lead until late in the race.

However, the pit stop was undertaken before the pit-window opened, meaning Rockenfeller had to relinquish his position with ten laps to go to the hard charging Wickens.

Wickens hadn't really looked a threat until the Mercedes man began to masterfully pick his way through the top-ten, culminating in what was a race winning pass around the outside of Adrien Tambay and Augusto Fafus at turn 2.

The Canadian, after gaining the lead from Rockenfeller, then held it together to lead home Farfus, who had led the first few rain soaked laps, across the line to take his maiden victory.

Christian Vietoris completed the podium with a similarly gutsy drive to his winning Mercedes team-mate.

Rockenfeller, in fourth, now increases his championship lead to 35-points as neither of his rivals, Bruno Spengler and Gary Paffett scored a point.

After today, Vietoris now takes second in the championship with Wickens climbing to third.

BMW's Martin Tomczyk made a welcome return to the points in fifth from 20th on the grid, leading home Tambay by just four-tenths.

Marco Wittmann finished seventh after fighting his way back through the field following an off while leading which dropped the rookie to 17th.

Miguel Molina, who had run in the top three for a time, Jamie Green and Pascal Wehrlein completed the points paying positions in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Paffett endured a disastrous afternoon on the wrong tyre for most of the race and finished a lap down.

by Simon Evans



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Augusto Farfus leads Marco Wittmann and the rest of the field into turn 1 at the start of round 7 of the DTM championship at the Nurburgring - Sunday, August 18 013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
10 Robert Wickens (CDN), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
Robert Wickens (CDN) (#10 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) celebrates after his maiden DTM win in round 7 of the DTM championship at the Nurburgring - Sunday, August 18 013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
Robert Wickens (CDN) (#10 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) celebrates after his maiden DTM win in round 7 of the DTM championship at the Nurburgring - Sunday, August 18 013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
Start [pic credit: DTM Media]
Start [pic credit: DTM Media]
Marco Wittmann - BMW M4 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Christian Vietoris - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Adrian Tambay - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Adrian Tambay - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Adrian Tambay - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Timo Scheider - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Vitaly Petrov - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Gary Paffett - Mercedes AMG C-Coupe [pic credit: DTM Media]
Miguel Molina - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]

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