Team Abt Sportsline's Nico Muller has secured his first ever DTM win as Audi complete a clean-sweep of victories at the Norisring.

The Audi RS 5 driver made the most of staying out later than his front running rivals and subsequently leapfrogged BMW's Tom Blomqvist for the lead on the 45th lap of the race.

Blomqvist had led the first half of the 72 lap race but elected to make his stop on lap 37 while Muller continued for a further eight laps.

The Team RBM driver's days at the front of the pack had already looked numbered as Muller made an attempt for the lead of the race prior to the pit-stop phase.

Muller went down the inside of Blomqvist heading into the Grundig hairpin on the 33rd lap of the race but ultimately out-braked himself, which allowed the BMW to work the overlap and move back in the lead.

But Muller's patience paid off as the Audi driver narrowly emerged ahead of Blomqvist after making his mandatory pit-stop.

A late safety car deployment did allow Blomqvist to draw closer towards the rear of Muller's RS 5 but the Abt driver held on to claim a maiden by 0.670s.

BMW's Maxime Martin completed the podium in third after making his way past Mercedes' Paul di Resta in the closing laps.

Di Resta was one of the first to head down the pit-road and held the final place on the podium as the race headed into its final third.

But despite what appeared to be a resolute defence of his position, Di Resta finally had to give way to the charging Martin.

Di Resta did succeed in holding Team Mucke's Lucas Auer at bay as the Mercedes pair completed the remainder of the top-five.

The afternoon had promised more for Auer but an agonisingly slow pit-stop cost the Austrian a shot at the win.

BMW's Marco Wittmann backed up his fourth place from yesterday's race with a sixth place ahead of his fellow M4 stablemate Bruno Spengler in seventh.

Race one winner Edoardo Mortara was eighth for Audi while BMW's Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk completed the points paying positions.

 

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