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Maxime Martin has steered clear of the first lap drama to take a controlled DTM race victory ahead of Edoardo Mortara, while Pascal Wehrlein extends his championship lead to 27 points.

The Team RMG BMW driver grabbed the lead from pole sitter Lucas Auer and despite a red flag stoppage after a nasty pile-up on the opening lap he was able to hold his nerve to lead the chasing pack home for his second career DTM victory.

Auer endured a difficult start to eventually finish sixth after dropping down the running order to seventh. However, after the restart from the red flag the DTM rookie more than held his own to equal his best career finish.

Mortara's second place enabled him to jump to second in the drivers' standings, while it was another strong race for Wehrlein who held on to third place to extend his championship lead after Mattias Ekstrom could only manage tenth place from 17th on the grid.

Further back Gary Paffett pinched fourth from Maxmilian Gotz with a late move, with Auer sixth, defending DTM champion Marco Wittmann seventh as Robert Wickens, Antonio Felix da Costa and Ekstrom completed the points-paying positions.

The race got off to a frantic start with Martin grabbing the lead in the opening bends from Auer. Further back a heavy shunt involving Jamie Green and Tom Blomqvist saw Green spin into Miguel Molina and he collided with Daniel Jucadella, who also spun.

With debris and oil on the circuit the safety car was called out immediately and after a brief inspection the race was suspended to enable race stewards to clear up the oil at the Mercedes Arena.

After a 20-minute delay the race was resumed behind the safety car with a revised time length of 30 minutes. The safety car pitted at the end of lap four with the DTM field holding station into the first turn.

With the race restart under more controlled circumstances than the initial lights out, the running order remained unchanged as leader Martin pulled out a three-second cushion by the end of the tenth lap.

Spengler in second place began to create a DMT train behind him at the midpoint of the race with second to sixth separated by two seconds until Mortara and Wehrlein both found a way past him on lap 15. Two laps later disaster eventually struck for Spengler who suffered a right-rear puncture and was forced to pit, dropping the Canadian out of the points.

The running order stayed the same until the chequered flag with Martin taking a well-deserved first DTM race win since Moscow 2014.

 

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