After a dreadful qualifying which saw Rene Rast start all the way down in 16th place, a two-stop strategy helped lead him to victory in the second DTM race at Hockenheim.
Philipp Eng led from pole position as Saturday’s race winner Marco Wittmann dropped to fourth after bogging down at the start.
The safety car was deployed on lap six after Loic Duval locked up and went straight into the gravel at the Sachs Curve. Mike Rockenfeller also retired on lap six with what looked like an engine issue.
Both Rast and Aston Martin’s Paul Di Resta took the opportunity to pit as they converted to the two-stop strategy.
Nico Muller tried to swoop around the outside of Eng at the restart but ran out of room allowing the Austrian to move back up the inside going into turn two.
Meanwhile, further down the field Jamie Green tagged the rear of Sheldon van Der Linde’s BMW forcing him into a spin. The Brit was later given a drive-through penalty ending any hopes of him finishing in the points.
There was more contact on the next lap after Pietro Fittipaldi tagged Wittmann at the Hairpin, spinning him out.
After his pit-stop, Rast had moved up to second and was beginning to hunt down race leader Eng. Rast eventually got the better of him and went around the outside of the Austrian at the Hairpin before stretching out his lead.
Rast made his second pit-stop allowing Di Resta to take up the race lead for Aston Martin who pitted only a couple of laps later allowing Rast to regain the lead of the race.
Robin Frijns moved up to fourth after overtaking Bruno Spengler whilst Muller leap-frogged Eng in the pits.
Rast came home to take the chequered flag and his first win of 2019 with two other Audi’s following him home with Muller finishing second and Frijns finishing third.
Eng took fourth after he was passed by Frijns late on with Spengler coming home fifth and Timo Glock finishing sixth, just managing to hold off a hard charging Di Resta who finished seventh.
Wittmann came home eighth after his spin with Green coming home ninth and Joel Eriksson completing the top ten.
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By Jordan Hollands.