by Chris Hayes


Timo Scheider seized back the initiative in this year's DTM championship after converting pole position into his maiden victory and leading home an Audi one-two in Oschersleben.

The 29-year-old German led home fellow countryman Martin Tomczyx by 1.452 seconds sealing Audi's second consecutive victory of the season.

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The triumph was made even sweeter for the German with defending champion Mattias Ekstr?m - the man who beat Scheider off the line en-route to victory at the season curtain-raiser in Hockenheim - unable to progress beyond his eighth place starting position.

"This feeling is just incredible," exulted Scheider after sealing his first win in 77 attempts, "Finally, the long years of waiting patiently have paid off. Thanks to my mechanics of the Team Abt. This moment is very emotional. Now, I will do everything to be among the contenders for the title."

Scheider leaves the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben with a seven-point lead over the reigning champion and a six-point advantage over the new second-place man Martin Tomczyx.

"Today, Timo Scheider was in a class of his own," conceded Tomczyx. "Our cars were perfect from the word go and we were able to pull away. After that, we took it a little bit easier. The safety-car phase brought some excitement, but our cars went like a rocket and as a result, we managed to pull clear right away once more."

Audi did however, face a greater threat from the Mercedes Benz runners this time around with Bruno Spengler, Paul di Resta and Jamie Green chomping at the heels of the leading Audis and eventually finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.

"The race went well," professed third-place man Spengler, "I couldn't expect any more from fifth place on the grid. I got a lot of support from my team. Otherwise, this certainly wouldn't have been possible.

"I am happy with third place and I didn't want to risk too much. In the DTM, every point is important for the championship."

Had Audi driver Tom Kristensen not jumped the start, which he received a drive through penalty for, and had he not collided with Maro Engel later in the race, then Audi might have been able to repeat the 1-2-3 triumph they achieved at Hockenheim since the Dane had qualified strongly in second place.

Audi motorsport director Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich was unsympathetic in his appraisal of Kristensen's performance.

"Kristensen messed up at the start and with a drive through penalty, you don't have any chance of a podium finish in the DTM," Ullrich asserted.

The Audi boss was nevertheless content with the overall result: "I am very happy that we have been able to score a 1-2 here. I am also very happy that Timo has made it. This season, he has been showing a strong performance from the very beginning. He was almost perfect at Hockenheim and he was really perfect here at Oschersleben."

Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug joined in praising the race winner: "Congratulations to Timo Scheider. I am happy that he has won a race after such a long time. He has deserved it. Even though we weren't really in contention for victory here, we were much closer than at Hockenheim a week ago."

Behind Green, Marcus Winkelhock, who was sixth, led a group of four Audi drivers with Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom filling in the final points paying positions and Alexandre Premat finishing ninth.

DTM novice and F1 refugee Ralf Schumacher only just missed out on a points-scoring finish in tenth place in his Mercedes. The 33-year old was only 1.891 seconds short of eighth place, while Pr?mat's Audi A4 DTM came even closer to the points by finishing ninth.

Mercedes drivers Gary Paffett, Bernd Schneider, Mathias Lauda and Susie Stoddart trailed shortly behind Ralf, with Oliver Jarvis fifteenth just in front of fellow Audi driver Christijan Albers, after receiving a drive through penalty for pushing another car.

Katherine Legge was also given a penalty for failing to obey a blue flag after spinning on lap 32 and was classified in 17th.

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