Wittmann’s Walkenhorst BMW M6 had dropped to fifth place after a sluggish pitstop on lap 9, however he charged his method by the sector to win from guesting Lamborghini driver Mirko Bortolotti, who overcame a five-second penalty for an incident involving polesitter Lawson’s AF Corse Ferrari.
An ill-timed security automotive for Abt Audi driver van der Linde left him twelfth on the end, costing the South African a championship lead he had held for the reason that opening spherical of the season at Monza.
On the rolling begin, Crimson Bull junior Lawson pulled away cleanly to take the lead into Flip 1, whereas Bortolotti emerged forward in a three-way battle with Wittmann and Maximilian Gotz’s HRT Mercedes to take second.
A security automotive was deployed quickly after for a startline crash involving a number of drivers. A type of eradicated, GruppeM’s Daniel Juncadella, claimed it was brought on by Lawson bunching up the sector effectively after the inexperienced gentle had been proven.
T3 Motorsport’s Bortolotti instantly started to pressurise Lawson when the motion lastly resumed on lap 5, Lawson hamstrung by 25kg of ballast after sweeping each races on the Crimson Bull Ring final day out.
Bortolotti made a transfer stick at Flip 6 on the race’s second inexperienced flag lap, the sixth tour, placing Lamborghini in prime place for a maiden win within the collection.
However his hopes had been dented after the pitstops by a powerful undercut from Gotz, who had pitted on the first alternative on lap six and leapt from fourth to a web lead first as soon as the leaders had accomplished their stops.
Bortolotti held a web second place at this stage, forward of Lawson, with Philip Ellis (Winward Mercedes) in fourth and Wittmann fifth after a sluggish cease.
Mirko Bortolotti, T3-Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Evo GT3
Photograph by: Gruppe C GmbH
Nevertheless, the complexion of the race modified once more when the security automotive was known as for a second time on lap 15, to take away particles on observe, bringing Wittmann again into play.
The 2-time DTM champion rapidly cleared Ellis and Bortolotti on the restart after which set about chasing Lawson – who had additionally handed Bortolotti – and Gotz.
On lap 20, Wittmann muscled his well beyond Lawson at Flip 8, with the Ferrari driver working broad over the gravel, earlier than executing an analogous transfer on Gotz a number of laps later to maneuver as much as first.
Race management handed Wittmann a five-second penalty for allegedly making contact with Lawson, however he was in a position to construct a niche of over eight seconds by the flag to observe up his victory at Zolder final month.
Bortolotti recovered from a sluggish restart to complete second and safe Lamborghini’s maiden DTM podium, passing Lawson for a second time with two laps left within the race.
Third place, nevertheless, was sufficient for Lawson to assert the championship lead as van der Linde’s alternate pitstop technique was scuppered by the security automotive’s reappearance.
He went lengthy within the first stint to run in clear air, however was reeled in by the early stoppers below the security automotive and dropped to twelfth by the point he lastly pitted with three laps to go.
Lawson now leads the championship on 156 factors, with van der Linde and Wittmann tied on 148 factors and Gotz – who slipped to fourth on the end – an extra level adrift, nonetheless very a lot within the combine.
Kelvin van der Linde, Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3
Photograph by: Gruppe C GmbH
Behind the main quartet, fifth place within the race went to ex-Method 1 driver Christian Klien, who loved his finest efficiency of the season in a visitor McLaren entry run by JP Motorsport.
Sheldon van der Linde was categorised sixth within the sole surviving Rowe Racing BMW, forward of Ellis and the second T3 Motorsport Lamborghini of Esteban Muth.
Sophia Floersch bagged her first factors within the DTM in a race that noticed solely 13 finishers, ending ninth forward of the Winward Mercedes of Lucas Auer within the Abt Sportsline Audi.
Esmee Hawkey (T3 Motorsport), Kelvin van der Linde and the latter’s team-mate Rockenfeller (following the identical technique) accomplished the listing of categorised finishers.