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The “Flying Dutchman” clinches an extremely rare lights-to-flag victory in the DTM

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Frijns Celebrates. Credit: Audi Motorsport

Despite René Rast being on pole position, Dutchman Robin Frijns had the superior start and took the lead immediately with Nico Müller close on both of their tails. The hard-won lead didn’t last long though as Loïc Duval and Timo Glock‘s battle resulted in a large piece of Glock’s car falling off onto the track meaning that the safety car was deployed for the first of three times in this race.

After the indy style restart, Frijns got away and had to build his lead again. Müller suffered being in the middle of the pack and was spun by Jamie Green, soon after Duval lost it and went nose into the tyre wall leading to the second appearance by the safety car.

Credit: Audi Sport

On the second restart of the race, Frijns once again began building up his lead and there was a fierce battle between Rast, Marco Wittman and Phillip Eng with Rast managing to pull ahead of the others before a collision involving the Audis of Duval and Fabio Scherer led to both drivers having to retire and the safety car making it’s third and final appearance. All drivers had made good use of the safety car periods to complete their mandatory pit stops.

This last part of the race went without too much drama apart from the short battle between Green, Mike Rockenfella and Glock in which Rockenfella was forced off the track and onto the grass to avoid a big crash. Frijns kept Rast at arm’s length and came home to take the win for the second race in a row.

Credit: Audi Motorsport

It was pretty nerve-racking in the car today,” said Frijns after his narrow victory ahead of title defender Rast. “Every time I had built up a lead, the safety car came out. When René was directly behind me for the final laps and was able to use Push-to-Pass and DRS all the time, I knew that I couldn’t afford the slightest mistake. My car was great and the key to victory today was my good start.

Wow, what a race!” said Head of Audi Motorsport, Dieter Gass.Robin was outstanding today. He didn’t have a single Push-to-Pass or DRS and still managed to stay in front. That was an extremely strong performance and he also made zero mistakes with all the safety cars and restarts. Fantastic! With second place, René made it a perfect 1-2 victory for Audi. That Nico managed to finish fifth, after being turned around, was mega.”

Credit: Audi Sport

DTM Nürburgring sprint circuit Race 1 Results

DriverTeamTime/Gap
ROBIN FRIJNSAUDI SPORT TEAM ABT SPORTSLINE59:51.551
RENÉ RASTAUDI SPORT TEAM ROSBERG0.66
MARCO WITTMANNBMW TEAM RMG1.573
PHILIPP ENGBMW TEAM RBM2.984
NICO MÜLLERAUDI SPORT TEAM ABT SPORTSLINE4.743
JONATHAN ABERDEINBMW TEAM RMR5.211
FERDINAND HABSBURGWRT TEAM AUDI SPORT8.513
SHELDON VAN DER LINDEBMW TEAM RBM8.846
MIKE ROCKENFELLERAUDI SPORT TEAM PHOENIX14.97
TIMO GLOCKBMW TEAM RMG17.292
HARRISON NEWEYWRT TEAM AUDI SPORT17.9
LUCAS AUERBMW TEAM RMR19.353
ROBERT KUBICAORLEN TEAM ART (ART GRAND PRIX)37.027
JAMIE GREENAUDI SPORT TEAM ROSBERG6L
FABIO SCHERERWRT TEAM AUDI SPORTDNC
LOÏC DUVALAUDI SPORT TEAM PHOENIDNC
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