Hockenheim DTM: Mortara triumphs in season-opening crashfest

Audi's Edoardo Mortara took a comfortable victory in an incident-filled opening race of the 2016 DTM season at Hockenheim.

Hockenheim DTM: Mortara triumphs in season-opening crashfest
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS5 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Paul Di Resta, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Christian Vietoris, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

Second on the grid, the Italian had a better getaway than fellow front-row starter Nico Muller and took the lead.

Behind the duo, Robert Wickens was passed by Jamie Green but the Mercedes driver fought back on the main straight.

Green then came under massive pressure from several drivers and was eventually forced wide at T11, dropping out of the top 10.

Another incident, which saw both Daniel Juncadella and Timo Glock trapped in the gravel at the same corner, triggered the Slow Zone on lap 3 - and the SZ was needed again when Maximilian Gotz then spun out while trying to avoid Augusto Farfus.

The start of the race saw several other casualties, including Timo Scheider, whose car got damaged on the opening lap, and Adrien Tambay, who sent Tom Blomqvist into a spin and retired on Lap 2.

Meanwhile, DTM debutant Esteban Ocon and Mike Rockenfeller both retired in the pits, the German making contact with Spengler while entering the Slow Zone and breaking his suspension.

Avoiding all the action, Mortara maintained a lead of two seconds out front, with Wickens overtaking Muller for second.

However, the Canadian failed to make up much ground in the fight for victory, allowing Mortara to cruise to the finish.

Polesitter Muller had to settle for third, which still meant he claimed his maiden podium in the series.

Christian Vietoris passed stable-mate Paul di Resta for fourth, with Bruno Spengler the top BMW driver in sixth.

Antonio Felix da Costa inherited seventh after Martin Tomczyk lost pace due to car problems and Mattias Ekstrom forced Gary Paffett off track at the hairpin.

The duo made contact once again two laps later and the Briton was then slightly nudged by Lucas Auer as well, the Austrian damaging his own car in the process.

Maxime Martin got ahead of Ekstrom to secure eighth with Miguel Molina taking the final point-scoring position after a move on Paffett.

Full results

Pos.DriverCarGap
1  Edoardo Mortara Audi 42m11.606s
2  Robert Wickens Mercedes 1.657s
3  Nico Muller Audi 4.454s
4  Paul Di Resta Mercedes 8.818s
5  Christian Vietoris Mercedes 10.192s
6  Bruno Spengler BMW 20.097s
7  Antonio Felix da Costa BMW 30.882s
8  Maxime Martin BMW 41.360s
9  Mattias Ekstrom Audi 46.455s
10  Miguel Molina Audi 47.198s
11  Gary Paffett Mercedes 52.832s
12  Martin Tomczyk BMW 55.137s
13  Tom Blomqvist BMW 55.530
14  Augusto Farfus BMW 1m08.466s
15  Jamie Green Audi 1m09.184s
16  Marco Wittmann BMW 1m10.496s
17  Lucas Auer Mercedes +5 Laps
Ret  Maximilian Gotz Mercedes  
Ret  Mike Rockenfeller Audi  
Ret  Esteban Ocon Mercedes  
Ret  Timo Glock BMW  
Ret  Daniel Juncadella Mercedes  
Ret  Adrien Tambay Audi  
Ret  Timo Scheider Audi  
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Author David Gruz
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