Edoardo Mortara claimed his first-ever DTM win

Edoardo Mortara has converted his maiden DTM pole position into his first series win, which was also Audi’s first victory under the championship new technical regulations.

The Italian resisted race long pressure from last year’s winner and defending series champion Martin Tomczyk, as well as this year’s runaway points leader Gary Paffett.

Mortara led off the line and controlled the race before and after the first of the day’s two compulsory pit stops.

The youngster made his second stop on Lap 30, exiting the pits fractionally ahead of the fast-closing Paffett, who had made his stop just a lap earlier. Paffett used his better momentum to lunge up the inside of Mortara as the pair braked for the Remus Kurve, but Mortara vigorously defended the inside line, forcing Paffett to drop his inside wheels onto the grass in avoidance.

Tomczyk pitted at the end of that lap and emerged from the pits ahead of the battling Mortara and Paffett, but Mortara managed to execute the overtaking move that Paffett couldn’t, squeezing by Tomczyk at Remus.

Tomczyk tried to counter-attack at the very next corner, but got the wobbles under braking and tagged the rear of Mortara. His loss of momentum left him vulnerable to Paffett, and he spent the next sequence of corners trying to keep Paffett at bay.

That was all the invitation that Mortara needed to ensure his lead, which he kept until the chequered flag was unfurled. The shenanigans in the closing laps allowed Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green to close, and they shadowed the top-three across the finish line to complete the top-five.

Timo Scheider finished a tremendous sixth in his Audi, despite being punted to last place after a tangle with Augusto Farfus’ BMW early in the proceedings. The German headed home fellow Audi runners Mike Rockenfeller and Filipe Albuquerque to ensure five Audis finished in the top eight.

BMW runners Joey Hand and Farfus completed the top ten, with Hand losing three places in the closing laps but still claiming his first points’ finish in his rookie DTM season.

The other main feature of the race was – rather predictably – its chaotic opening lap, which saw no less than four runners eliminated before the end of the first tour.

It got crazier at Turn 2!It was all triggered by Adrien Tambay, who was forced onto the grass as the pack approached the Remus Kurve on the opening lap. The Frenchman’s out of control Audi ploughed into a group of other cars, including the BMWs of Andy Priaulx, Dirk Werner and Bruno Spengler, along with the Mercedes of Christian Vietoris and the Audi of Miguel Molina.
The series now takes a three-week break before heading to the city of Nuremburg to compete at the Norisring street circuit.

2012 DTM Race of Red Bull Ring – Final Standings (47 laps):

1. Edoardo Mortara ITA Team Rosberg Audi Audi 47 1:12:30.277
2. Martin Tomczyk DEU Team RMG BMW BMW 47 + 1.068
3. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 47 + 2.142
4. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Sportsline Audi Audi 47 + 2.769
5. Jamie Green GBR HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 47 + 5.406
6. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Sportsline Audi Audi 47 + 35.351
7. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Phoenix Racing Audi Audi 47 + 37.260
8. Filipe Albuquerque POR Team Rosberg Audi Audi 47 + 38.062
9. Joey Hand USA Team RMG BMW BMW 47 + 39.419
10. Augusto Farfus Jr BRA Team RBM BMW BMW 47 + 39.904
11. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 47 + 43.567
12. Roberto Merhi ESP Persson Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 47 + 50.339
13. Robert Wickens CAN Mücke Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 47 + 1:05.670
14. Susie Wolff GBR Persson Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 47 + 1:06.161
15. Rahel Frey SUI Audi Sport Team Abt Audi 47 + 1:06.988
DNF. Bruno Spengler CAN Team Schnitzer BMW BMW 33 Damage
DNF. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes 22 Brakes
DNF. Miguel Molina ESP Phoenix Racing Audi Audi 17 Damage
DNF. Andy Priaulx GBR Team RBM BMW BMW 1 Collision
DNF. Dirk Werner DEU Team Schnitzer BMW BMW 1 Collision
DNF. Christian Vietoris DEU HWA Team Mercedes Mercedes 0 Collision
DNF. Adrien Tambay FRA Audi Sport Team Abt Audi 0 Collision

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