Mortara wins and puts the pressure on Wittmann


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The DTM field seemed to all be on a mission: to get Edoardo Mortara on pole and take advantage of the low weight in relation to their rivals and the high grip of the resurfaced Hungaroring.

Audi had their best day in weeks, maybe months, with the victory of Edo Mortara over Jamie Green and Miguel Molina. The top six was completed by another three Audis, those of Mike Rockenfeller, Nico Müller and Adrien Tambay.

The Ingolstadt manufacturer put all 8 cars at the qualifying top 8, but at the start Mattias Ekström spun at turn two and then Timo Scheider was demoted to ninth position. An extremely brave move by BMW’s Marco Wittmann, the current leader of the series, at the very first braking point, allowed him to overtake two cars and with Eckie out of the way, he was soon seventh, after starting tenth.

The race was straight forward after that point, all top ten positions were the same for the entirety of the race. The Audi’s seemed very much in their element with all the grip they could get and in a particularly good day for their drivers, they collected an important amount of points that placed them at the top of the manufacturers’ standings. Only Adrien Tambay had some laps when he thought he wouldn’t finish as one of his wheels started vibrating in the last phase of the race, due to a problem with a bearing.

Worth a mention was Mercedes’ Felix Rosenqvist who scored again with a pretty heavy car, in eight.

Wittmann still leads but now he only has 14 points over Mortara (176 to 162). Green is now third with 137.