Audi's Rene Rast has won the second Austrian DTM race after a heart-breaking technical gremlin robbed his Team Rosberg team mate Jamie Green of victory at the Red Bull Ring.

Green had perfectly controlled the vast majority of the race and looked set to emerge from the second Spielberg encounter just a handful of points behind championship leader Mattias Ekstrom. However, a loss of drive out of the Remus hairpin saw Green drop out of the lead with just two laps to go and eventually fell further down the field to 14th.

Rast, who had shadowed his Rosberg team mate for the entirity of the race, was there to pick up the pieces and subsequently secured his third win of the year, while also moving ahead of Green as Ekstrom's chief title rival in second position.

Audi once again locked out the podium order after dominant display from the RS 5 squad as Team Phoenix's Mike Rockenfeller inherited second position ahead of Nico Muller on the final lap of the race.

Having capitalised on a frenetic late safety car period, HWA's Gary Paffett was best of the rest for Mercedes in fourth ahead of championship leader Ekstrom in fifth.

With three laps to go, Ekstrom was in severe danger of losing the vast majority of his championship advantage. The Swedish veteran had pitted very early on in the race and looked vulnerable from further attack in seventh as he struggled with his ageing tyres.

However, a late move to retake fifth position ahead of BMW's Marco Wittmann - as well as profiting from Green's late race demise - dramaticaly altered Ekstrom's afternoon. The 39-year old will now carry a 21-point lead into the final weekend of the DTM season at the Hockenheimring.

Team RMG's Wittmann held on for sixth ahead of his team mate Timo Glock in seventh, while Audi's Loic Duval was eighth ahead of Mercedes duo Paul di Resta and Robert Wickens in ninth and tenth.



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