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Three DTM Races, Three Wins For Müller

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Nico Müller Celebrates. Credit: Audi Motorsport

Nico Müller is the first driver ever to win the first three races of a DTM season.

After setting the fastest times in both free practice sessions on Friday, Müller started the first of the two races at the Lausitzring from second on the grid with teammate Robin Frijns in pole position.

The Swiss driver had a better start than Frijns and was able to quickly extend his lead to 7.5 seconds. There was plenty of excitement in the opening laps with Timo Glock being squeezed and then spun off the track and René Rast being pushed out and having to take his own line across the grass to rejoin the pack.

Racing at Lausitzring. Credit: BMW Motorsport

Audi Sport Team Phoenix had a lot of bad luck in today’s race with a post-race 30-second time penalty being imposed on Mike Rockenfeller for exceeding the speed limit in the slow zone and Loïc Duval retiring with a transmission issue. However, the Frenchman wasn’t the only one to suffer mechanical issues as BMW Team RMR’s Jonathan Aberdein battled with technical problems early on in the race and had to pit, consequently dropping right down the field ending in fifteenth place.

BMW Team RBM’s Sheldon van der Linde took the flag in second place in his Shell BMW M4 DTM which was the first podium of his DTM career. He is also the first South African to make it onto the podium in the DTM. Completing the podium in third was the Audi of Frijns.

Sheldon van der Linde Celebrates. Credit: BMW Motorsport

Today’s success is largely due to my team,” said Müller. “Because I was racing in the Formula E finale in Berlin, I wasn’t able to be part of the usual preparation for the race weekend. The guys did a mega job, explained to me what I’ve got to look out for here and gave me a fantastic car. I had a good start, was able to stay in front afterwards and bring the victory home. I’m very happy.”

Nico’s performance today was really outstanding,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “Only the slow zone could slow him down. But even there he remained cool and confident. He clearly was the fastest driver in the field today and absolutely deserves the victory. It was the tenth victory in a row for the Audi RS 5 DTM. This has never happened before in DTM. Everyone at Audi Sport can be proud of this. But we’ve also seen a competitive race from everybody. There were many fights. This is exactly what the spectators want to see. Of course, we hope that we can maintain our good form tomorrow as well.

Müller Takes The Flag. Credit: Audi Motorsport

Van der Linde is understandably ecstatic with today’s results. “I’m over the moon with my first DTM podium. I was so close at Zolder last year but then missed out on the final lap. This time I called up everything I could. I tried to catch Nico Müller at the front, but he was just that little bit too fast in the end. Having said that, we have made a clear step forwards and are now able to challenge the Audis. My car was fantastic today – many thanks to the team.”

The second race at Lausitzring sprint circuit will start on Sunday (August 16) at 1:30 pm local time (12:30pm BST).

DTM Lausitzring Sprint Race 1 Results

DriverTeamTime/Gap
NICO MÜLLERAUDI SPORT TEAM ABT SPORTSLINE57:06.681
SHELDON VAN DER LINDEBMW TEAM RBM+2.870
ROBIN FRIJNSAUDI SPORT TEAM ABT SPORTSLINE+7.513
MARCO WITTMANNBMW TEAM RMG+7.861
TIMO GLOCKBMW TEAM RMG+14.569
FERDINAND HABSBURGWRT TEAM AUDI SPORT+20.226
RENÉ RASTAUDI SPORT TEAM ROSBERG+20.679
JAMIE GREENAUDI SPORT TEAM ROSBERG+24.914
PHILIPP ENGBMW TEAM RBM+26.654
HARRISON NEWEYWRT TEAM AUDI SPORT+53.182
MIKE ROCKENFELLERAUDI SPORT TEAM PHOENIX+56.802
LUCAS AUERBMW TEAM RMR+57.468
ROBERT KUBICAART GRAND PRIX+1:07.388
FABIO SCHERERWRT TEAM AUDI SPORT+ 1 LAP
JONATHAN ABERDEINBMW TEAM RMR+ 1 LAP
LOÏC DUVALAUDI SPORT TEAM PHOENIXDNF
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