Audi dominated the penultimate round of the 2016 DTM season in Hungary this weekend, scoring victories in both races on Saturday and Sunday. Edoardo Mortara led an all Audi podium in Race 1 while Mattias Ekstrom clinched his first win of the season today at Hungaroring.
The season finale will take place at Hockenheimring on October 14, Marco Wittmann who finished today’s race in fourth still leads the championship standings and will head into the final round with only one rival – Mortara who has 162 points against Wittmann’s 188 points.
Race 1 started in a spectacular fashion as Audi had all its eight cars on the first four rows, this was the first time in DTM history that a manufacturer started the race with all cars on the first eight positions. Audi managed to dominate most of this race only having to deal with Wittmann who put his BMW in seventh place. Ekstrom fell back after making contact with Martin Tomczyk, the latter was given a 30 seconds penalty. Ekstrom finished the race in 18th place eventually.
The first six places were filled by Audi with Mortara taking the chequered flag, followed by Jamie Green and Miguel Molina to seal a full Audi podium. Mike Rockenfeller, Nico Müller and Adrien Tambay placed their Audi RS5 cars in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.
Race 2 was filled with all sorts of drama, incidents that ultimately ended the hopes of two title contenders. Jamie Green and Robert Wickens lost their chances of winning the title this year due to various incidents that unfolded on the first lap. Wickens was third on the standings but made a huge mistake by parking his car on the wrong spot prior to the formation lap, he was supposed to start from 8th but had placed his car 9th on the grid. This prompted the entire grid to be deleted in order to have a new formation lap, which saw Wickens start from the back. The Canadian finished the race in 12th and lost his chances of fighting for the title in the season finale at Hockenheimring.
“What a stupid mistake. I line up on the wrong side of the grid and I don’t even notice it myself. I blew it completely and destroyed all the hopes of winning the title myself, that really hurts.” said Wickens.
After the formation lap was completed, pole sitter Mortara caused a huge scene when his car stalled and got hit by Wittmann. The two ended up spinning but it was Jamie Green who was caught in the middle when his car was hit from the side by Wittmann. Green who was also a possible title contender lost his chances after retiring from the race due to this incident.
Ekstrom would eventually cross the finish line first followed by Adrien Tambay and Daniel Juncadella who scored his first ever podium finish in DTM.