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Pascal Wehrlein profited from a smart strategy to claim his second career DTM victory on a drying track at Norisring, as he leads a Mercedes 1-2-3-4.

The Formula 1 test driver for Mercedes and Force India was one of few drivers to gamble by starting on the slick tyres after a short but sharp rain shower minutes before the start of race one threw strategies into jeopardy.

For the German his risk paid off big time as the track came to him as it dried and forced his rivals ahead of him to pit from wets to slicks midway through the race.

Wehrlein held off a late charge from fellow Mercedes drivers Robert Wickens, Gary Paffett and pole sitter Christian Vietoris to claim victory as the German manufacturer locked out the top four places.

The gamble of starting on slicks on the wet track also paid off in style for MTEK BMW driver Bruno Spengler who forced his way from 13th on the grid to take fifth place ahead of fellow BMW driver Martin Tomczyk in sixth.

It was a race to forget for the dominant Audi drivers with double race winner last time out Jamie Green placing highest in seventh, as Augusto Farfus, Marco Wittmann and Daniel Juncadella completed the points paying positions.

Paffett got the perfect start off the grid to overtake pole sitter Vietoris into turn one while the midfield pack bunched up which saw Miguel Molina slip into a spin with Lucas Auer and Tom Blomqvist tangled at turn one, forcing a short safety car to recover the stricken vehicles.

Before the safety car period was confirmed Vietoris was able to nip back in front of Paffett and retake the lead before spending two laps under the caution of the safety car.

Once racing restarted the HWA Mercedes driver sprinted away at the front but on the drying surface the race began to play into Wehrlein's hands. The F1 test driver was running in eighth place but all seven drivers ahead of him started the race on wet tyres which began to get chewed up on the drying surface, forcing them all to pit.

Wehrlein looked to make his advantage count as he pushed at the front but on worn slick tyres the chasing pack reeled him in. With six laps remaining just over a second split the top four drivers but the German held his nerve to claim a second career DTM victory after his maiden win at Lausitz last season.

 

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