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DTM: Typical Nürburgring weather sees Robert Wickens take maiden win (+results)

Robert Wickens (Mercedes) was unmoved by the changing weather conditions at the Nürburgring. The Canadian took advantage of it to score his first win in the DTM series.

Perfectly executed pit stops and great race craft served Wickens well. The 24-year-old from Guelph, Ontario, beat pole sitter Augusto Farfus (BMW), who dropped back at the start but came back strong to claim second position, ahead of Christian Vietoris (Mercedes).

Robert Wickens, Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Nürburgring
Robert Wickens, Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (Photo: DTM.com)

Championship leader Mike Rockenfeller's (Audi) early switch from slick to rain tires helped him recover from an early off to fourth at the finish.

The results at the Nürburgring helped Wickens and Vietoris move into third and second spots in the standings respectively. Vietoris now trails Rockenfeller by only 35 points, and Wickens by 36. Nevertheless, the German extended his lead, as Bruno Spengler (BMW), who used to be second in the title hunt, failed to score altogether.

Robert Wickens, Nürburgring, DTM
Robert Wickens (Photo: DTM.com)

Spengler could only salvage 14th from an early collision. His deficit to the leader is now 39 points.

Drivers only completed 47 of the 49 laps, since the race reached its time limit before the scheduled distance was completed, as it often happens in wet conditions.

DTM, Nürburgring
Photo: DTM.com

Race results – DTM (Nürburgring)
1 - Robert Wickens (Mercedes C-Coupé) - HWA - 47 laps 1.15'33"710
2 - Augusto Farfus (BMW M3) - RBM - 2"158
3 - Christian Vietoris (Mercedes C-Coupé) - HWA - 9"749
4 - Mike Rockenfeller (Audi RS5) - Phoenix - 20"524
5 - Martin Tomczyk (BMW M3) - RMG - 27"104
6 - Adrien Tambay (Audi RS5) - Abt - 27"523
7 - Marco Wittmann (BMW M3) - MTEK - 29"540
8 - Miguel Molina (Audi RS5) - Phoenix - 33"037
9 - Jamie Green (Audi RS5) - Abt - 39"972
10 - Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes C-Coupé) - Mucke - 40"486
11 - Filipe Albuquerque (Audi RS5) - Rosberg - 40"908
12 - Edoardo Mortara (Audi RS5) - Rosberg - 42"629
13 - Mattias Ekstrom (Audi RS5) - Abt - 46"303
14 - Bruno Spengler (BMW M3) - Schnitzer - 51"991
15 - Dirk Werner (BMW M3) - Schnitzer - 57"649
16 - Andy Priaulx (BMW M3) - RMG - 1'21"517
17 - Gary Paffett (Mercedes C-Coupé) - HWA - 1 lap
18 - Timo Glock (BMW M3) - MTEK - 1 lap
19 - Roberto Merhi (Mercedes C-Coupé) - HWA - 1 lap

Retirements
Lap 29 - Daniel Juncadella
Lap 8 - Timo Scheider
Lap 1 - Joey Hand

Championship
1.Rockenfeller 106; 2.Vietoris 71; 3.Wickens 70; 4.Spengler 67; 5.Farfus 66; 6.Paffett 57; 7.Wittmann 39; 8.Ekstrom 38; 9.Werner, Hand 26.