DTM: Perfect strategy helps Christian Vietoris to score sensational win (+photos)

From press release

Rain, tire gambles and risky overtaking manoeuvres – the second DTM round of the year in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben had plenty of action.

After a strategic and driving masterpiece, Christian Vietoris emerged as the surprising winner with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. With a margin of 0.6 seconds from defending champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) after 44 laps, the 25-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver crossed the finish line as the winner of the race for the first time in his DTM career.

Christian Vietoris, Oschersleben, DTM

Christian Vietoris (Photo: DTM.com)

“As we currently aren’t among the front runners in normal conditions, I obviously hoped for rain. Perfect that it turned out that way. We wanted to use these chances and so we did. We had an ideal strategy. I am overjoyed. What a race,” said Vietoris, who already changed to rain tires after the formation lap, then chased the field from the pit lane and eventually made it through as the only driver with just one pit stop.

Marco Wittmann, BMW M4 DTM Oschersleben, DTM

Marco Wittmann, BMW M4 DTM (Photo: DTM.com)

With his second place, Rockenfeller took over the lead in the drivers’ standings. Driving another Audi RS 5 DTM, Edoardo Mortara finished third in the action-packed race. Behind Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), last year’s winner Augusto Farfus came fifth as the best-placed driver of a BMW M4 DTM.

In total, 65,000 fans attended the race weekend in the Magdeburg region.

Oschersleben, DTM

(Photo: DTM.com)

Race results* - Oschersleben (round 2 of 10)
1 – Christian Vietoris (Mercedes C-Coupe) – HWA – 44 laps 1.15’28″785
2 – Mike Rockenfeller (Audi RS5) – Phoenix – 0″674
3 – Edoardo Mortara (Audi RS5) – Abt – 7″769
4 – Paul Di Resta (Mercedes C-Coupe) – HWA – 8″906
5 – Augusto Farfus (BMW M4) – RBM – 9″326
6 – Miguel Molina (Audi RS5) – Abt – 13″051
7 – Timo Scheider (Audi RS5) – Phoenix – 20″503
8 – Gary Paffett (Mercedes C-Coupe) – HWA – 20″597
9 – Martin Tomczyk (BMW M4) – Schnitzer – 23″079
10 – Adrien Tambay (Audi RS5) – Abt – 24″340
11 – Antonio Felix Da Costa (BMW M4) – MTEK – 24″620
12 – Bruno Spengler (BMW M4) – Schnitzer – 26″892
13 – Mattias Ekstrom (Audi RS5) – Abt – 27″201
14 – Maxime Martin (BMW M4) – RMG – 31″032
15 – Joey Hand (BMW M4) – RBM – 39″802
16 – Nico Muller (Audi RS5) – Rosberg – 44″324
17 – Vitaly Petrov (Mercedes C-Coupe) – Mucke – 55″493
18 – Jamie Green (Audi RS5) – Rosberg – 1 lap
19 – Marco Wittmann (BMW M4) – RMG – 1 lap

Bruno Spengler, BMW M4 DTM Oschersleben

Bruno Spengler, BMW M4 DTM (Photo: DTM.com)

Retirements
Lap 27 – Pascal Wehrlein
Lap 22 – Daniel Juncadella
Lap 14 – Timo Glock
Lap 7 – Robert Wickens

Championship
1.Rockenfeller 30 points; 2.Vietoris 25; 3.Wittmann 25; 4.Ekstrom 18; 5.Tambay 16; 6.Mortara 15; 7.Farfus 14; 8.Di Resta 12; 9.Glock 10; 10.Molina 8.

*Unofficial scoring

Oschersleben, DTM

(Photo: DTM.com)

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