Ekström wins as Mortara retires and Wittmann finished fourth


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Even though he was on pole, flanked by Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara had a terrible getaway with losts of wheelspin, at the second race of the 2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in Hungary.

The result of that was an immediate attack of the series leader, Marco Wittmann, which saw him take to the outside of Mortara, who in return didn’t leave any space to his rivals, forcing him to go on the grass.

The result of this saw Wittmann touch Mortara’s car, before spinning in front of the Audi, crossing the track and finally colliding with Audi’s Jamie Green, just as the cars were closing to the braking point. Wittmann had some damage but could go on, but in the mayhem, both Green and Mortara had way more damage, and the Englishman was forced to retire, while the Italian had to go in the pits to change a punctured tyre.

All this left Ekström as leader, followed by Frenchman Adrien Tambay and Spaniard Daniel Juncadella. Wittmann was fourth and, though lapping at a slower pace than the leading trio, he was safe as the next three cars were also BMWs, who helped him get as much points as he could.

The race was, as Ekström put it in the press conference, “Boring, since I didn’t have to fight anybody and my pace was good enough to take it easy”.

Ekström, thus, won his last race of 2016, before trying to win the FIA WRX title at Estering, the same weekend of the last meeting, at the Hockenheim.

In the standings, Wittmann now has 188 points and Mortara 162, with only 50 to score.

The final race of the year will be at the Hockenheim, on October 15-16.