BMW's Augusto Farfus has taken a commanding DTM victory at Oschersleben ahead of Audi's Mike Rockenfeller, who now stands on the brink of taking his maiden title.
Farfus, from second on the grid, had a lightning start to immediately dispatch pole-man Jamie Green, who in turn sat ahead of the fast starting Bruno Spengler after leaping from sixth to third.
The Brazilian then faced a relatively untroubled route to victory as the RBM-BMW was able to establish a comfortable gap ahead of Green and Spengler.
Farfus' only 'scare' came from Rockenfeller as the Audi man only narrowly missed out on gaining the net-lead after the first round of stops.
Rockenfeller had pitted on lap 3 for the option tyre, emerging in clean air, and was able to pull the time lost after dropping to fourth.
Farfus' Oschersleben success means he is the only man still able to stop Rockenfeller from taking the DTM title, 33 points back from the German.
Green followed his Audi team-mate home to collect a fine maiden podium since joining the Ingolstadt manufacturer over the winter.
Audi-duo of Filipe Albuquerque and Timo Scheider clinched their best results of the season in fourth and fifth.
Gary Paffett celebrated his 100th DTM to finish sixth as the best placed Mercedes but finally drops out of title contention.
Audi locked out the rest of the points paying positions meaning all of the 'four ringed' machines entered scored points with Mattias Ekstrom leading home Miguel Molina, Adrien Tambay and Edoardo Mortara, the latter scoring only his third point of the season.
Spengler spectacularly ended his title defence following a robust panel barging spat with countryman Robert Wickens. The pair, in close company for a handful of laps, finally came to blows as Wickens lunged his way through during turn 1's Hotel corner.
Spengler refusing to back down then collided with Wickens a corner later, spinning the Mercedes almost in tyres – the pair both rejoined but later retired with damage.
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by Simon Evans