Beginning second on the grid, Auer wasted little time to cross the heavy-ballasted Audi of polesitter van der Linde, diving down the within of the Abt Sportsline driver into Flip 2 to take the lead of the race.
As soon as in entrance there was no catching Auer, the Winward Mercedes driver main all laps exterior the pitstop cycle to clinch a seventh profession win within the DTM – and second in as many weekends.
The Austrian driver’s run to victory was made straightforward by title contenders van der Linde and Lawson battling for second within the opening laps of the race, with the South African having to aggressively defend his place with 25kg of additional weight on his automobile.
Lawson managed to overhaul van der Linde into the Flip 7 right-hander on the opening lap, just for the Audi driver to strike again on the following flip.
Each stepped up their aggression on the subsequent lap, banging wheels as they exited the hairpin at Flip 6. There was extra contact below braking for the Flip 8 left-hander, van der Linde tagging the again of Lawson and unsettling his Ferrari – earlier than overtaking him into the apex of the nook.
The stewards took word of the incident and handed van der Linde a five-second penalty, successfully leaving him out of the struggle for second place.
Lawson wouldn’t want the penalty to cross van der Linde, nevertheless, as a sluggish pitstop for the Abt Sportsline driver would permit him to leap again forward of him.
As soon as in clear air, the AF Corse Ferrari driver couldn’t do a lot about Auer’s lead up entrance, however the second-place end permits him to take a major 14-point lead within the remaining spherical of the season on the Norisring subsequent week.
Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Photograph by: DTM
Lawson’s title hopes had been boosted by van der Linde hitting extra hassle later within the race, finally slipping to tenth on the flag.
With the additional weight on his Audi, van der Linde was handed by Mercedes vehicles of Maximilian Gotz, Daniel Juncadella and Philip Ellis, leaving him sixth on the street. However it was a five-second penalty for not serving his earlier sanction within the pits that struck extra harm, dropping him an additional 4 locations within the remaining classifications.
Gotz completed third behind Lawson to maintain his title hopes alive heading into the ultimate spherical of the season, whereas Auer’s tea-mmate Ellis handed Juncadella on the ultimate lap to complete fourth.
Alex Albon completed a decent sixth within the AF Corse Ferrari regardless of carrying 18kg of ballast, beating DTM debutant Michael Dienst, who picked up his first championship factors as an alternative choice to Mucke Motorsport common Maximilian Buhk.
The highest 10 was rounded out by GetSpeed’s Arjun Maini, HRT driver Vincent Abril and van der Linde.
Marco Wittmann’s hopes of profitable the DTM title are all however over after the Walkenhorst BMW driver completed exterior of the factors for a second race in a row, not helped by a five-second penalty for a pitstop infringement.
After engine points left him close to the underside of the grid, 2016/17 Formulation E champion Lucas di Grassi completed 18th in his wildcard outing for Abt Sportsline Audi.
Hockenheim DTM – Race 2 outcomes