Jamie Green was on top in the DTM Series once again as he led home an Audi 1-2 as team-mate Mattias Ekström claimed the second step of the podium, pole sitter Robert Wickens came home in third.
There was a sense of deja vu with the results at the Lausitzring as the winners of races 3 and 4, Lucas Auer and Green, had won races 1 and 2 of the season as well.
Ekström was lucky to make it onto the podium at all, reporting at the end that ‘something is broken’ before breaking down after crossing the finish line.
Green had started from third on the grid but got past Tom Blomqvist who had started from second on lap 3.
The race did not get much better from there for Blomqvist who was handed a 5-second pit stop penalty after it was deemed that he had jumped the start, the Briton ended up finishing in 17th place.
Fellow Briton Gary Paffett crossed the line in P4 just behind his Mercedes team-mate Wickens.
Mike Rockenfeller, and also Ekström, made a risky strategy work out for himself by pitting at the end of the first lap and running the rest of the race on one set of tyres. It paid off for the pair with Ekström claiming second and Rockenfeller coming home in fifth.
Nico Muller and Rene Rast left it late to serve their mandatory pit stops, passing BMW‘s Maxime Martin allowing the pair to claim sixth and seventh – making it five out of six Audi drivers in the top ten, Loic Duval finished down in 18th place.
BMW’s woes carried on as Martin and Marco Wittmann were the only drivers from the Munich based squad to finish in the points. With Blomqvist down in 17th, he came home just behind Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler.
Championship leader Auer had to settle for 10th place from 15th on the grid. The Austrian had been in ninth place but as Wittmann had pitted 12 laps later he easily got passed on fresher tyres.
Edoardo Mortara come home in 11th place, with Mercedes team-mates Maro Engel and Paul di Resta close behind.
“I’m very happy about my second victory in just four races this season,” Jamie Green said.
“It felt like a long race. I was following Robert Wickens in position two most of the time and waited for the perfect time to attack. In the first stint, Robert was very strong, but after the pit stop I was able to attack. The battle with him was fair and in the end I managed to gain an advantage. Plus, it’s great that two Audi drivers were on podium today.”
With this victory Green has significantly cut Auer’s lead in the championship, from 34 to 16 points.
The 2017 DTM Series resumes on 16th-18th June when the drivers head to Budapest to take on the Hungaroring.