Mike Rockenfeller secured a dominant victory in the second DTM race of the weekend at the Moscow Raceway, his first series win in two years.
The Audi racer, who claimed his last win at the circuit back in 2013 on route to the title, fended off an early challenge from BMW’s Bruno Spengler to score a comfortable light-to-flag victory.
“After these difficult weeks, this is a great relief both for my team and for myself,” said Rockenfeller.
“I was able to control the race easily and bring victory home without any major problems.”
Unable to stay with the heavier, yet faster Rockenfeller, Spengler spent most of the race battling with fellow BMW driver Maxime Martin, Audi’s Jamie Green and title challenger Mattias Ekstrom.
Green ran as high as third behind Spengler early on, but lost out during the pit stop phase, allowing the long-running Ekstrom to jump him for fourth.
The Swede, keen to make amends for a crash during the opening race of the weekend, then forced his way past Martin in the closing stages to claim the final spot on the podium, behind Rockefeller and Spengler.
Ekstrom’s third place was good enough to reclaim the championship lead from Mercedes rival Pascal Wehrlein, pulling six points clear at the head of the standings.
Martin held off a late attack from Green going into the final corner of the race to secure fourth, with the Audi racer forced to settle for fifth.
Gary Paffett was sixth for Mercedes, ahead of Marco Wittman, Edoardo Mortara and Nico Muller.
Wehrlein made early progress from 11th on the grid, but came home just 10th, losing out to Mortara and Muller after a race-long battle.
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