Hungaroring, 15:15 (GMT); race 2 of round 8 in the 2016 DTM season commenced.
The drama begins before the race even begins as when the cars line up in their grid positions after the formation lap, the realisation that Robert Wickens is on the wrong side of his starting position is all too obvious. This forces the pack of cars into another formation lap to correctly re-align, disciplining Wickens by dropping him to the back of the grid.
15:18: the race begins and Mortara is off to a poor start, struggling to get quick off the start and allowing Ekstrom to breeze past him into turn 1. Mortara drops down the grid and finds himself defending against Wittmann, and after the two tangle he limps off to the pits with a punctured front right tyre. Wittmann also collides with Jamie Green, dropping him down the grid before forcing him to retire from the race.
2 laps into the race and Ekstrom now leads from Tambay, from Juncadella and Wittmann.
Huge gaps begin opening up and by lap 12 the front runners in the field are nowhere near the DRS window to one another. Now cars including Wickens and Mortara box for the first pit stops of the race.
Pit stops remain an ongoing talking point through to lap 26 with cars filtering in to pit over the previous laps, and Paffett being the only driver yet to pit. He pits at the end of this lap. The pit stops have not effected the top 3 runners in the race.
With 2 laps left, weekend favourite Edoaro Mortara retires from the race after his dismal start.
The chequered flag is waved and the top 3 drivers easily sail over the line with large margins between one another, finishing the race with Ekstrom from Tambay, from Juncadella.
Late Sunday evening the stewards investigate technical issues with both Juncadella and Wittmann’s cars finding their skid pads’ height insufficient. They are therefore disqualified from the race, their results stripped from the official table. This allows Da Costa to take 3rd place.
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