Brands Hatch DTM: Wittmann fends off Rast to win

Tom Errington

Polesitter Wittmann, as well as made a start so swift that it put him under investigation as he powered his R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage into the lead down Paddock Hill Bend.

At the end of the first lap, Di Resta established a lead of almost one second over and defensive driving allowed the underpowered Vantage to hold onto an unlikely lead through the first phase of the race.

Di Resta would concede the lead once he made his mandatory pitstop on the 16th lap of 42, serving a five-second penalty for his jumped start, but Wittmann had to work his way back into the net lead having stopped two laps earlier.

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The crucial move came when Wittmann steered his BMW through a narrow gap caused by the early-stopping running wide at Paddock Hill Bend, opening up space for the two-time DTM champion to power past the Audi driver and then-net leader Rast.

Once the pitstops had shaken out, Wittmann had a lead of over five seconds to Rast. 

A slow lap from Wittmann late in the race allowed Rast to close to within three seconds and the Audi driver loomed large behind the BMW driver on the final lap. But Rast was unable to find a way past and crossed the line just 0.3s behind Wittmann.

Rast had put himself into position to hound Wittmann by picking off two Audi stablemates on the run to Hawthorns in quick succession following his mandatory pitstop. 

He first passed pulled off a similar move to Rast to take fourth late on.

late on.

Rockenfeller finished seventh and the top 10 was rounded out by BMW's . 

Juncadella's points finish was aided by an as-yet unexplained retirement for Di Resta late on, who joined his teammates in the garage.

Habsburg retired not long after an off at the exit of Sheene, while Juncadella's rapid start pushed BMW's into the R-Motorsport driver's teammate Dennis.

Dennis then collided with the pitwall and damaged the rear of his car, forcing him into retirement.

WRT's also failed to start the race.

BMW had replaced Wittmann's engine ahead of the Brands Hatch race and introduced two spare power units, which means it cannot count the points from Wittmann, Eng or van der Linde towards its manufacturers' total.

Race results:

1

11

Germany
Germany

Marco Wittmann

BMW M4 Turbo DTM

42

56'39.275

2

33

Germany
Germany

René Rast

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

56'39.649

3

51

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

56'47.841

4

4

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

56'54.921

5

28

France
France

Loic Duval

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

56'57.511

6

25

Austria
Austria

Philipp Eng

BMW M4 Turbo DTM

42

56'58.088

7

99

Germany
Germany

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

56'59.331

8

31

South Africa
South Africa

Sheldon Van Der Linde

BMW M4 Turbo DTM

42

57'09.184

9

27

South Africa
South Africa

Jonathan Aberdein

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

57'16.362

10

23

Spain
Spain

Daniel Juncadella

Aston Martin Vantage DTM

42

57'16.660

11

53

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jamie Green

Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM

42

57'28.271

12

7

Canada
Canada

Bruno Spengler

BMW M4 Turbo DTM

42

57'31.740

13

16

Germany
Germany

Timo Glock

BMW M4 Turbo DTM

42

57'44.512

14

3

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Paul di Resta

Aston Martin Vantage DTM

39

53'07.948

15

62

Austria
Austria

Ferdinand Habsburg

Aston Martin Vantage DTM

38

54'02.057

76

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jake Dennis

Aston Martin Vantage DTM

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