Maxime Martin has given BMW its second DTM victory of the Norisring weekend after winning an incident packed second race ahead of Mercedes.

The Belgian driver successfully held off Mercedes' Lucas Auer in the dying stages of what proved to be a dramatic climax to fourth weekend of the championship.

An earlier incident involving Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller on lap 33 brought out a lengthy red-flag, following what had already been a hectic opening half of the race.

Slight contact between Audi's Jamie Green and Paffett sent the latter's Mercedes C63 into Armco barrier on the approach to turn one.

Paffett's heavy impact with the barrier meant he was powerless in stopping his Mercedes from slamming into Audi's Rockenfeller on the apex of the Grundig Hairpin.

Rockenfeller and Paffett emerged from the wreckage on their own accord before being sent the medical centre for further checks.

Following a lengthy delay as the marshals repaired the damaged barrier, BMW's Martin led the field as the race restarted on lap 36.

Auer immediately snapped at Martin and took the lead away from the BMW driver at the Grundig Hairpin but the Belgian was back in the lead just four laps later.

It was a position in which Martin would consolidate, despite Auer having more DRS usage behind the lead BMW M4 in the dying stages.

Instead of launching an attack on the race leader, the Austrian had his mirrors full of reigning champion Marco Wittmann.

However, Wittmann's pursuit of second left him vulnerable to Audi's Mattias Ekstrom in fourth. Ekstrom duly punished the defending champion's exuberance for P2 and passed the German with just one-lap to go.

The battle didn't end there, though, as despite Ekstrom enjoying track position, Wittmann had the DRS advantage over the Swedish veteran during a grandstand final lap.

Ekstrom immediately went on the defensive as Wittmann unleashed one final attack in an attempt to avenge his position.

The pair sensationally made contact at the final corner, which subsequently presented the then fifth placed Edoardo Mortara with an outstanding opportunity to snatch an unlikely podium finish.

Mortara seized the opening and claimed his first podium in Mercedes colours by just 0.002s after a frenetic Mercedes, Audi and BMW drag race to the line.

Ekstrom had to settle for fourth while Wittmann was fifth ahead of Paul di Resta, Augusto Farfus and Jamie Green.

BMW's Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist completed the points paying positions in ninth and tenth.

 

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