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DTM round 8- Race 1

Hungaroring, 14:00 (GMT); Race 1 of round 8 in the 2016 DTM season commenced.

Track conditions are optimum with the dry and warm Budapest weather. As the cars line up on the grid of the 4.381km circuit, facing the downhill decent to turn 1 we look set to be in for a good race.

It is a good start for Mortara who pulls away from the pack in 1st position, eagerly followed by Jamie Green. Further down the field, Juncadella runs wide off the track but manages to slip back on before taking the apex of turn 1.

As the cars speed into turn 2 spectators watch in awe as Mattias Ekstrom spins out in a cloud of gravel and dust, following a collision involving ex-teammate Tomczyk.

By lap 3, Wickens who began in 17th has made is way to 10th position following a series of astounding overtakes and aggressive driving.

Paul Di Resta loses 18th place to De Costa on lap 10 after, before losing another position to Paffett. Di Resta then retires from the race with 21 minutes left.

Halfway through race one of the Hungarian weekend and the top three starting grid drivers remain unchanged. Though further down the pack drivers like Auer and Wittmann are fighting to gain higher rack positions.

With 10 laps to go Auer makes an amazing overtake on the outside of turn 1, claiming 16th position from Farfus. We are used to seeing spectacularly daring moves like this from Lucas Auer as it was only in Zandvoort where he made a similarly exciting move.

Matias Ekstrom finds himself under investigation again with only three laps to go in the race, this time for an incident involving car no.8 Vietoris in the battle for 18th.

With seconds to spare Jamie Green throws full power into his attack on race leader Edoardo Mortara who sits with just over a 1 second lead on the 2nd position driver. But his nail-biting attempts fall short as the chequered flag waves Mortara into Victory.

The top 3 qualifiers-Mortara from Green from Molina- breeze past the chequered flag; their order unchanged. Though Rockerfeller manages to clinch 4th place from Müller, and our championship leader Wittmann manages a respectful 7th from 10th.

 

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