Audi took their first victory in 14 years – at Norisring that is.
Edoardo Mortara won the first DTM race of the weekend at the street course in Nuremberg ahead of teammate Jamie Green and Mercedes driver Paul Di Resta.
The race started out with Christian Vietoris on Pole Position ahead of Mattias Ekström, Green and Robert Wickens. Wickens got the jump on Green on lap 1, and after that he was battling with Vietoris and Ekström. Midway through the race, the 3 were involved in a collision, after Ekström outbraked himself at the end of the start/finish straight. It was only by a bit, but it was enough to take out both Mercedes drivers.
Ekström was fast to apologize to Vietoris, but thought Wickers had part of the blame as well. Unsurprisingly both Wickens and Vietoris thought it was Ekström’s fault. Vietoris even went that far to call Ekström names on live television, that the race stewards gave him a 3000 Euro fine for unacceptable behaviour towards a competitor. Ekström have received a 3-grid penalty for Sunday’s race.
Audi teammates Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller had a crash early in the race, which send both out of the points.
Timo Glock received a 5 seconds penalty for using DRS overuse, and fell from P14 to P21.
Top 5 in the championship is currently split by only 11 points, led by Mortara.
Sundays race starts at 13.10 CET.