Blomqvist converts DTM pole to 2nd place finish behind Muller

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Abt Audi driver Nico Muller held off BMW’s Tom Blomqvist to win the second DTM race of the weekend at the Norisring street circuit.

Having started from third on the grid, Muller passed former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta on the opening lap and kept within a second of polesitter Blomqvist through the opening part of the race.

Muller stayed out until the end of the pitstop window before changing tyres, with some quick in-laps helping him return to the track ahead of Blomqvist and into the net lead of the race.

Once the final drivers to pit had done so, Muller soon established a comfortable advantage over the chasing BMW, only for it to be wiped out by a late safety car for debris following several on-track incidents.

Muller got a good jump on Blomqvist and crossed the line to claim his first win in the DTM and become the seventh different winner of 2016, as well as giving Audi its second victory of the weekend at the Norisring.

Maxime Martin came from sixth to third after a feisty performance, completing the podium.

Di Resta took the chequered flag fourth, ahead of Lucas Auer and Marco Wittmann.

Bruno Spengler and race one winner Edoardo Morta were next up, with Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk coming from the back of the grid and benefiting from incidents up ahead to finish ninth and 10th.

Robert Wickens bounced back from a puncture to finish 11th, with Maximilian Gotz and Esteban Ocon next up.

Christian Vietoris dropped back to 15th thanks to a drive-through penalty for contact with Antonio Felix da Costa, while Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller lost ground following contact late in the race and trailed the field home.

Da Costa and Daniel Juncadella collided at Turn 2 in the closing stages, with both drivers retiring due to damage, as did Adrien Tambay, Gary Paffett and Jamie Green.

Mattias Ekstrom was quickest in qualifying but a three-place grid penalty for a crash in race one meant he lined up fourth.

His race only lasted one lap before he retired following contact with di Resta.

RESULTS – 72 LAPS:

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Nico MullerAbtAudi1h01m03.139s
2Tom BlomqvistRBMBMW0.670s
3Maxime MartinRBMBMW1.543s
4Paul Di RestaHWAMercedes4.701s
5Lucas AuerMuckeMercedes4.950s
6Marco WittmannRMGBMW5.197s
7Bruno SpenglerMTEKBMW5.907s
8Edoardo MortaraAbtAudi6.228s
9Timo GlockRMGBMW6.981s
10Martin TomczykSchnitzerBMW7.224s
11Robert WickensHWAMercedes10.510s
12Maximilian GotzHWAMercedes10.906s
13Esteban OconARTMercedes11.543s
14Miguel MolinaAbtAudi13.013s
15Christian VietorisMuckeMercedes14.094s
16Timo ScheiderPhoenixAudi20.885s
17Jamie GreenRosbergAudi14 Laps
Mike RockenfellerPhoenixAudiDisqualified
Adrien TambayRosbergAudiDisqualified
Daniel JuncadellaHWAMercedesDisqualified
Antonio Felix da CostaSchnitzerBMWDisqualified
Gary PaffettARTMercedesDisqualified
Mattias EkstromAbtAudiRetirement
Augusto FarfusMTEKBMWRetirement

Blomqvist converts DTM pole to 2nd place finish behind Muller

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