Moscow DTM: Wickens dominates wet race after passing Paffett

Mercedes driver Robert Wickens eased to Saturday race victory at Moscow Raceway after getting ahead of poleman Gary Paffett on the first green-flag lap.

Moscow DTM: Wickens dominates wet race after passing Paffett

The Canadian's triumph sees him join Edoardo Mortara as a repeat race winner in 2016 - and, with points leader Marco Wittmann failing to score, Wickens now leads the DTM standings.

Intermittent showers continued to dictate weekend proceedings after the wet-dry Saturday qualifying session - and, come the start of Race 1, the track was absolutely drenched.

The weather conditions meant the race started under the safety car, and the field lapped the 3.9km track three times before the action kicked off.

Poleman Paffett led the field into Turn 1, but Wickens was close behind already. And when Paffett went wide at Turn 3 - seemingly as part of Mercedes' championship strategy - the Canadian stormed past.

From that point on, Wickens would not have to look back, establishing a gap of 2.7s over his British stablemate during the first green flag lap - and increasing it to 4.1s the next time around.

Shortly thereafter, Paffett gave up ground, allowing Paul di Resta through into second, with Wickens ending up a staggering 9.1s up the road.

His victory now in very little doubt, Wickens briefly took the gap to 12 seconds and eventually took the chequered flag 10.9s ahead of di Resta.

Paffett kept up with the Scotsman much of the distance, bringing it home to complete a Mercedes podium lockout.

Maximilian Gotz helped Mercedes convert a 1-2-3-4 in qualifying into the same result in the race, holding off the lead Audi of Mattias Ekstrom in the final laps.

Audi's main title contenders Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green were waved past by Timo Scheider for P7 and P8, before Green managed an unlikely overtake on Mortara. The Briton soon caught up to Maxime Martin in P6, but could not get pat the Belgian.

Behind Mortara and Scheider, debutant Felix Rosenqvist secured one point in 10th, as all 24 drivers took the chequered flag.

With Wittmann only managing to make up one place from his P20 starting spot, the 2014 champion has surrendered the standings lead to Wickens, who is now three points ahead - with Green just one further point behind.

Race results

Pos.#DriverCarTime/Gap
1 6 Robert Wickens Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 42'29.196
2 3 Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10.955
3 2 Gary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 12.293
4 84 Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 25.270
5 5 Mattias Ekström Audi RS5 DTM 25.874
6 36 Maxime Martin BMW M4 DTM 27.243
7 53 Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 27.752
8 48 Edoardo Mortara Audi RS5 DTM 30.108
9 10 Timo Scheider Audi RS5 DTM 31.671
10 88 Felix Rosenqvist Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 32.848
11 16 Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 35.243
12 27 Adrien Tambay Audi RS5 DTM 36.197
13 51 Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 38.287
14 18 Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 42.822
15 7 Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 44.030
16 99 Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 44.781
17 17 Miguel Molina Audi RS5 DTM 46.951
18 22 Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 49.944
19 11 Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 50.288
20 13 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW M4 DTM 51.313
21 100 Martin Tomczyk BMW M4 DTM 59.926
22 31 Tom Blomqvist BMW M4 DTM 1'02.697
23 8 Christian Vietoris Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'07.259
24 12 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1'10.016
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Series DTM
Event Moscow
Location Moscow Raceway
Drivers Paul di Resta , Robert Wickens , Gary Paffett
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
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