Van der Linde was largely untroubled on his solution to a fourth win of the yr in his Abt Sportsline R8 LMS GT3 and worn out his 15-point deficit to Pink Bull junior Lawson, who may solely end fourth in his AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3.
South African ace Van der Linde’s trigger was helped on the primary lap when GetSpeed Mercedes driver Arjun Maini misjudged his braking level into the Flip 6 hairpin and clattered into second-placed Lucas Auer’s equivalent Winward instance, which introduced out the protection automobile.
Lawson, who had misplaced out to Maini by banging wheels with Maximilian Gotz as they exited Flip 2 on the opening tour, took the restart in third behind Gotz’s HRT Mercedes and each automobiles pitted instantly when the window opened on the finish of lap 5.
However their hopes of undercutting van der Linde – who had constructed a small hole for himself on the restart – had been short-lived and the Audi emerged properly away from the chasing duo when he got here in a single lap later.
As Gotz slipped again to fifth, complaining of brake issues, Albon was on a cost from his lowly ninth place on the grid.
The 2022 Williams Formulation 1 signing made a comparatively late pitstop on lap 12, however eight laps later muscled previous the early-stopping Lawson into Flip 6 for his fourth podium of the season.
Regardless of beginning solely seventeenth, 2013 DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller accomplished the rostrum by passing Lawson on the ultimate lap to additional support team-mate van der Linde’s title bid.
Alex Albon, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Picture by: DTM
Stopping for brand new tyres simply 11 laps from the end, Rockenfeller picked up drivers one after the other within the closing levels of the race and Lawson was unable to repel his problem into Flip 8.
Behind Gotz, Esteban Muth completed a superb sixth within the lead T3 Lamborghini forward of the Mercedes automobiles of Dani Juncadella (GruppeM), Philip Ellis (Winward) and Vincent Abril (HRT).
The highest 10 was rounded out by Rowe Racing’s Timo Glock, the BMW driver bagging the ultimate level following an extended tussle with the Mucke Motorsport of debutant Marvin Dienst.
Making his maiden look within the DTM in a fourth Abt-run Audi, Lucas di Grassi completed in fifteenth place behind one other visitor driver – HRT Mercedes workforce boss Hubert Haupt.
Having entered the weekend second in factors, two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann’s title hopes took a giant hit after he was compelled to retire his Walkenhorst BMW with unintended harm.
He had slipped from thirteenth to seventeenth after damaging his automobile within the opening lap incident between Auer and Maini and will by no means get well thereafter, bringing his automobile into the pits on lap 24 whereas operating exterior the factors.