The ninth round of the DTM season at the Moscow Raceway produced exciting charges up the field for Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) and Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) on Saturday. Wickens improved from grid position eleven to P4 during the race. He was even on course to take a podium for a time but had to concede defeat to Marco Wittmann (BMW) in the battle for P3.
His Mercedes-AMG Motorsport team-mate, Auer, also fought his way up the field, from 13th on the grid to sixth place. That puts the Austrian in second place with 95 points at the half-way stage in the season, just four points down on René Rast (Audi) in the lead.
Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) secured six points for seventh place in a photo-finish with Mattias Ekström (Audi). The last point for P10 went to Maro Engel (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM). His Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team-mate Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P13 – one up on Edoardo Mortara (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM).
Robert Wickens: “If you had asked me after FP2 whether I would finish this race in the Top Five, I would have said that you had to be joking. This one is for the team. We struggled massively on Friday and then also this morning in FP2. It felt like there was an issue with the brakes, so we changed the entire brake system between FP2 and qualifying. We only had an hour to do it in. Really, hats off to them for actually getting the car ready for qualifying. I qualified in P11, which was better than expected, and then the race just went phenomenally. I came out of Lap 1 in P6, which is something I wouldn’t have expected. After that, to be fighting for a podium was really a dream. Finishing in P4 today is a bit of a victory, I guess.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport