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Robert Wickens has controlled from the front to claim his third career DTM victory, which capped a near-perfect race weekend for the Canadian after grabbing second place in Saturday's race.

After a brief safety car period during the opening stages Wickens was able to blast past pole sitter Bruno Spengler with the assistance of DRS and despite his HWA Mercedes team-mate Christian Vietoris hounding him for the majority of the race, the 26-year-old remained in complete control.

The victory marks his second success around the Norisring street circuit after he notched up pole position and a win in 2014.

MTEK BMW's Spengler had drifted to fifth place during the middle period of the race but fought back to take the final rostrum spot from Abt Sportsline Audi's Mattias Ekstrom, while race one winner Pascal Wehrlien got the better of Paul di Resta in a scrap for fifth place.

Mercedes trio Gary Paffett, Daniel Juncadella and Lucas Auer finished strongly in the points to confirm the German manufacturer's dominance on the race weekend, while RMG BMW's Maxime Martin rounded out the points pay positions.

Spengler grabbed the holeshot off the line while Auer was able to jump ahead of Ekstrom for third but he was handed a five-second stop/go penalty for an inaccurate grid position which dropped him down the order. Further back Augusto Farfus and Mike Rockenfeller were the biggest losers of mid-pack tangles as both were forced to retire on the opening lap.

Maximilian Gotz backed into the attacking Timo Glock and the contact knocked the MTEK BMW driver's bonnet loose. The debris flew off his Z4 DTM machine on lap four and caused a brief safety car period to remove the bodywork from the track.

Once the full-bloodied racing resumed and DRS was re-enabled Spengler's joy at the front was short lived as the trio of Mercedes drivers and Audi's Ekstrom all blasted past on lap 14.

As the pit stop window approached Wickens began to control from the front and used it to his advantage by pitting a lap earlier than Vietoris, which enabled him to pull out a 2.4s lead.

During the middle chunk of the 60-minute race the pair traded fastest lap sectors as the gap between the front two bounced around the two-and-a-half second region.

Further down double race winner at the last round Jamie Green got in a nasty tangle with Martin while battling for ninth place and suffered a puncture at Grundig. The Audi driver was forced to pit and dropped out of contention.

Wickens was able to negotiate the backmarkers and extend his lead on the chasing pack to take the win by over seven seconds.

 

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