DTM Spielberg: win for Mortara

It was a cause for a double celebration for Audi after this weekend’s DTM round at Spielberg; not only did the new A5 Coupe bag its first win, but it had Edoardo Mortara behind the wheel – securing his very own maiden DTM victory.

Starting from pole at the Austrian circuit, Mortara lead for most of the race, but did hold off a threat from the Mercedes of Gary Paffett at one point after his final tyre stop on lap 30. The Briton had pitted a lap earlier and did his best to pass the Audi as it exited the pit lane, but Mortara defended his position, forcing the Mercedes onto the grass.

A fast pit stop for Martin Tomczyk, saw the reigning champion briefly take the lead but, again, Mortara was in no mood to let the BMW driver steal his thunder, returning to the front at Remus Kurve. Tomczyk fought back, clipping the rear of the Audi, which lead to a loss of pace, meaning he spent the rest of the race fighting off Paffett.

“That was a fantastic weekend. My first pole position yesterday and my first victory today – I’m simply super-happy. ‘Thank you’ to Audi Sport and ‘thank you’ to Team Rosberg – my guys worked incredibly hard in the past few weeks and months,” said a beaming Edoardo.

DTM Spielberg Results after 47 laps

1. E Mortara Rosberg Audi 1h12m30.277s
2. M Tomczyk RMG BMW + 1.068s
3. G Paffett HWA Mercedes + 2.142s
4. M Ekstrom Abt Audi + 2.769s
5. J Green HWA Mercedes + 5.406s
6. T Scheider Abt Audi + 35.351s
7. M Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi + 37.260s
8. F Albuquerque Rosberg Audi + 38.062s
9. J Hand RMG BMW + 39.419s
10. A Farfus RBM BMW + 39.904s
11. R Schumacher HWA Mercedes + 43.567s
12. R Merhi Persson Mercedes + 50.339s
13. R Wickens Mucke Mercedes + 1m05.670s
14. S Wolff Persson Mercedes + 1m06.161s
15. R Frey Abt Audi + 1m06.988s

[Source: DTM]

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