Edoardo Mortara emerged as the winner from an action-packed third DTM race of the season. With his Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM, the Italian won the race at the Lausitzring on Saturday. For Mortara, it is the ninth win of his DTM career and the first for Mercedes-AMG.
“The first victory with Mercedes-AMG is a very special victory and a very emotional one”, Mortara said after the prize-giving ceremony. “We have fought hard and of course, I am super happy.”
BMW driver Timo Glock ended up second and thus was able to extend his lead in the DTM drivers’ standings. Meanwhile, Philipp Eng celebrated his maiden podium finish in his third DTM race. The Austrian was classified third.
On Lap 7, it became apparent how safe the DTM cars are. After contact, Rene Rast slid off the track and barrel-rolled his car. The current DTM champion was unscathed as he stepped out of his Audi RS 5 DTM that was entirely destroyed.
“I feel sorry for the Audi guys,” second-placed Glock commented on the bad luck for the brand from Ingolstadt as, next to Rast, Jamie Green and Nico Muller also retired after a start line collision.
“It only took me little time to find my way in the DTM,” Eng said. “The race was exciting and unbelievably thrilling. I would have loved to win, but the podium finish already is extremely cool.”
Lucas Auer is another one who would have loved to win. The Mercedes-AMG driver had started from pole position and led the race for a long time. In the closing stages, Auer dropped back to fourth.
In the DTM drivers’ standings after this season’s third of 20 races, Timo Glock remains in the lead. With 62 points, the BMW driver is 17 points ahead of Gary Paffett (45 points). Race winner Edoardo Mortara (37 points) is third.
Race 2 follows tomorrow.