DTM: NICO MÜLLER CELEBRATES SECOND VICTORY
A FANTASTIC FEELING
“What a fantastic feeling!” said an exuberant Nico Müller after scoring his second DTM victory in his career and the first for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in nearly two years. “We worked very hard and long for this. The guys more than deserve this result. Today’s victory is great for Audi and ABT. Thank you for this outstanding car! The Audi RS 5 DTM was extremely strong here at Misano. To convert this into a dominant victory with a good start and a strong performance, especially after the tyre change, is outstanding. Now I’m already looking forward to the Norisring!” At Misano, Müller, with a lightning-fast start, improved from fourth to second position. On the 14th lap, the Swiss captured the lead when René Rast dropped back due to a puncture. Following his pit stop, Müller, on the new set of tyres, managed to increasingly pull clear of his immediate rivals and ultimately crossed the finish line as the winner with a 7.628-second advantage.
FASTEST RACE LAP
Müller’s teammate, Robin Frijns, started from the front row on Sunday for the first time in his DTM career and led the field for eight laps. Because the tyres heavily degraded, the Dutchman let Rast and Müller pass him before being touched by Loïc Duval and going into a spin. On the second set of tyres, Frijns still fought back to fourth position and set the fastest race lap in the process. Pietro Fittipaldi, in fifth place, scored the so far best result in his still young DTM career. The Brazilian stood in for Jamie Green, who had to skip Misano due to an appendectomy. By scoring his points he helped Audi Sport Team Rosberg take the lead again in the DTM’s teams’ classification.
Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso delivered an impressive maiden race in the DTM. The local hero fought back from 15th on the grid to twelfth, hardly daunted by the DTM’s establishment. It even took subsequent winner Marco Wittmann several laps to get past Dovizioso. With duels fought in MotoGP style and a double overtaking maneuver on the last lap, the motorcycle racer thrilled the crowd, as well as Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “What Andrea is showing here is truly impressive,” said Gass. Dovizioso in his second DTM race caused a sensation once again. From 14th on the grid, the Ducati factory rider was battling for a top-ten result when he went into a spectacular spin and dropped to the end of the field.
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