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Mortara Beats Spengler To Win First Day In Munich

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Edoardo Mortara defeated Bruno Spengler in Saturday's final at the DTM Show Event in Munich's Olympic Stadium.

The day saw the members of the Audi squad go up against each other and the same for Mercedes, before the winner from each marque took on each other in the day's final.

The event began with a prologue section to determine the eight fastest drivers from each manufacturer to proceed to the quarter-finals. Ralf Schumacher emerged fastest of the Mercedes drivers, with Mortara the best of the Audis. Susie Stoddart and Miguel Molina were eliminated, the latter crashing during his run.

Mortara defeated fellow rookie Rahel Frey in his quarter-final, before pulling off a shock result by beating three-time Race of Champions winner Mattias Ekstrom in the semis. Ekstrom had beaten fellow former DTM champion Timo Scheider in the quarters.

Mortara came up against Mike Rockenfeller in the Audi final. Rockenfeller had defeated reigning Race of Champions champion Filipe Albuquerque in their quarter-final, before beating Oliver Jarvis in the semi. Jarvis had earlier knocked out surprise package of 2011 Martin Tomczyk.

Mortara won the Audi final by just over two seconds ahead of Rockenfeller, allowing him to proceed to the superfinal.

Mercedes finalist Spengler shaded fellow HWA driver Jamie Green in the quarters, before beating Ralf Schumacher by two seconds in the semi-final. Schumacher won against Maro Engel in their quarter-final.

Spengler faced surprise finalist Renger van der Zande in the Mercedes final. The Dutchman claimed the scalp of former series champion Gary Paffett in the quarter-final stage, before defeating David Coulthard in the semis.

Van der Zande would be unable to repeat his heroics against Spengler though, the Canadian progressing to the superfinal.

The final was made up of two five-lap races, with Spengler claiming the first in a photo finish. Mortara won the second though to give him an overall advantage of more than three tenths of a second.

Sunday sees the Audi and Mercedes drivers go up against each other from the beginning.

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