AF Corse Ferrari driver Lawson received the leap on polesitter Wittmann within the pits and was then in a position to stand up to the advances of the two-time champion to bag his third victory of the season – all whereas being handicapped by 25kg of ballast.
At the beginning of the race, Wittmann made a clear getaway from pole place within the sole Walkenhorst BMW, with Lawson slotting into second place forward of the Rowe Racing BMW of Sheldon van der Linde.
After constructing a lead of 1 second over Lawson, Wittmann pitted on the first alternative on lap 5, with a number of different drivers following him to minimise the chance from any security automotive appearances.
Lawson himself peeled into the pits a lap later and returned on monitor nicely away from Wittmann, gaining a complete of two.5s over his rival throughout his in-lap and the pitstop itself.
From there on, Lawson and Wittmann engaged in a detailed duel that continued till the ultimate lap of the race, with the hole between the duo fluctuating between simply three tenths to 1.5 seconds.
By lap 18, Wittmann was inside placing distance of Lawson having efficiently eaten into his advance, however the Kiwi managed to reply to the BMW driver’s tempo to tug the hole again to 1 second.
Wittmann’s subsequent alternative arrived on lap 27 after they had closed in on the yet-to-stop Audi of Nico Muller, however whereas Lawson was in a position to clear the Swiss driver into Flip 3, Wittmann himself needed to wait till the beginning of the subsequent tour to make a transfer.
Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Photograph by: Gruppe C GmbH
The 2-time DTM champion mounted a closing assault within the dying levels of the race and received a greater exit from the ultimate nook, however Lawson managed to carry on to victory by simply 0.215s in a drag race to the end line.
HRT Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz was unable to problem Lawson and Wittmann for the win as he completed 15s behind the duo in third, however a fifth podium end in eight races retains him firmly within the title hunt.
Winward Mercedes drivers Philip Ellis and Lucas Auer completed fourth and fifth respectively, the latter bagging a strong haul of factors in his residence race.
Abt Sportsline driver van der Linde was unable to make a lot progress from the decrease areas of the highest 10 on a monitor that highlights the weak factors of the Audi, however penalties for Mercedes drivers Vincent Abril and Daniel Juncadella promoted him to a good sixth place.
The South African was as soon as once more the one driver from the Ingolstadt-based marque to complete within the factors, with the subsequent highest runner Nico Muller ending 14th for Workforce Rosberg after making a late pitstop on lap 31 of 38.
Abril and Juncadella have been concerned in a battle with Auer for fifth place, however time penalties for exceeding monitor limits dropped them right down to eighth and twelfth respectively – denying Mercedes a uncommon feat of all its seven automobiles ending within the factors.
With Abril and Juncadella penalised, Arjun Maini moved as much as seventh within the GetSpeed AMG GT3, whereas Maximilian Buhk was categorized ninth within the Mucke entry.
Timo Glock rounded out the factors scorers within the sole surviving Rowe Racing BMW.
Alex Albon was battling with Glock for a spot inside the highest 10 when he suffered a front-left puncture on his out-lap, forcing him to make an unscheduled go to to the pits. That dropped him firmly to the rear of the sphere as he completed down in seventeenth.
Sheldon van der Linde additionally suffered a puncture early on within the race, which prompted Rowe to voluntarily retire his automotive.
DTM Crimson Bull Ring – Race 2 outcomes