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Paul di Resta has claimed his first victory in DTM in six years to take the early lead in the German touring car series after the season opener at Hockenheim.

After the former F1 driver had placed his Mercedes Team HWA on pole for the second race of the 2016 curtain-raiser he was made to sweat with a lengthy pit stop, but avoided any further drama to reclaim the lead and take a comfortable victory.

Gary Paffett, who jumped into second on the first lap, had been on di Resta's rear bumper after the stops but was given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release after his pit stop when he collided with Robert Wickens at pit exit.

The penalty dropped him down to 11th and despite a gallant battle through the field he could only reach fifth before the race distance was completed.

As a result, Timo Glock benefitted to take second place but was disqualified from the results due to an infringement of article 3.7 (accuracy of the contour profile) of the technical regulations on his BMW M4.

Augusto Farfus therefore inherited second with Maxime Martin completing the podium.

Despite his drive-through the post-race exclusion saw Paffett jump to fourth with Robert Wickens fifth, which gives him second overall in the DTM championship standings.

Tom Blomqvist grabbed an impressive sixth place as Nico Muller, Marco Wittmann, Martin Tomczyk and Mike Rockenfeller rounded out the points-paying positions.

As the lights went out there was huge drama on lap one as Antonio Felix da Costa began a knock-on crash which saw Bruno Spengler, Jamie Green and DTM rookie Esteban Ocon all eventually retire from the race. Their collision - which saw Spengler, Green and Ocon become stranded in the gravel - forced an early safety car period to safely extract the stricken machines.

Once the race returned to green di Resta controlled his lead as Paffett jumped up to second before the pit stops saw the leaders hit their respective troubles. Paffett was caught up in traffic and collided with Wickens which earned him a drive-through while di Resta, who pitted later, narrowly nipped out ahead of the charging Paffett.

With his countryman serving his penalty, di Resta comfortably pulled out a lead on Glock to take the chequered flag with ease.

 

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