Martin Tomczyk won his second consecutive DTM race at the Lausitzring to take the lead of the championship.
The German, who is this year racing an older-spec Audi for Team Phoenix, started the race from fourth on the grid, taking third from Abt Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom at the start.
Tomczyk then passed the HWA Mercedes of Jamie Green for second on the third lap, before catching polesitter Bruno Spengler as the first round of pitstops. Tomczyk stayed out two laps longer than the Canadian and managed to rejoin in front of him when he did make his stop.
From there he went on to win by 5.4 seconds, following up his victory at Spielberg two weeks ago.
“My car was incredibly fast,” said Tomczyk, who took Audi’s first win at Lausitz since 2005. “Driving it was great fun. Finally, after six winless years, we have defeated the Lausitzring’s demon. Being the points’ leader feels really great.”
Timo Scheider finished in second place in his Abt Audi, benefiting from two late pit stops to move up from his early race position of seventh.
Spengler finished in third, ahead of teammate Gary Paffett and Audi driver Oliver Jarvis. Green slipped to sixth, but had been seventh until Miguel Molina retired with a technical issue. Tom Kristensen scored points upon his DTM return in seventh, with Filipe Albuquerque scoring his maiden DTM point in eighth.
Tomczyk’s win moves him into the lead of the standings on 30 points, one ahead of Spengler. Scheider is next up, on 19 points. The next round of the championship takes place at the Norisring on 3rd July.