Spectacular debut for Maro Engel (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) at the Moscow Raceway. In only his second race at the Russian circuit, the driver, who returned to the DTM at the start of the season, took his maiden victory in the DTM in front of 25,000 spectators (over the weekend). The winner of last year’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring made his debut this weekend at the Moscow Raceway to the north-west of the Russian capital. On his way to his maiden win in the DTM, Engel benefited from his strategy of pitting early and from a safety car period.
Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) placed ninth, and Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) took the chequered flag in P10. After this tenth race of the season, Auer is on 97 points and ranked third in the drivers’ standings.
Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) crossed the finish line just outside the points in P11. After the race, he was handed a 30-second penalty for causing a collision with Audi driver Loïc Duval. Edoardo Mortara (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took Paffett’s eleventh place. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) had to retire his car in the pits with a damaged tyre four laps before the end after a contact while scrapping for position with Loïc Duval (Audi).
The next race weekend: The second half of the 2017 DTM season will get under way on the circuit in the dunes at Zandvoort on the weekend of 18th – 20th August with races eleven and twelve.
Maro Engel: “That was an incredible race. I had to stay patient behind Nico Müller and look after my tyres. But my car today was mega. At the end of the race, I saw Mattias getting close, but I didn’t know it was the last lap. Fortunately, the race came to an end at this moment. Those were definitely the longest five or six laps of my life.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport