Second DTM victory for Miguel Molina

Miguel Molina celebrates
Miguel Molina celebrates

Miguel Molina and Jamie Green presented Audi with a one-two finish in the first race on Saturday at the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring. Audi was the strongest brand overall with five cars finishing in the points.

Miguel Molina had to wait 67 races for his first DTM victory. For his second triumph, the Catalan from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline needed only seven attempts. With a large group of guests looking on from his partner Teufel, Molina prevailed in an Audi internal duel against last year's victor Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg).

For the innumerable DTM fans at the Lausitzring it was a classic case of deja vu: Molina's Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM and Green's Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM occupied exactly the same places on the front row as they did a year ago. At that time, Molina held the lead for 24 laps before dropping down to fourth place.

"This time I'm not going to let victory slip through my fingers," remarked Molina before backing up his words. He dropped behind Jamie Green at the start, before the Audi driver made a clean overtaking maneuver entering Turn 1 to retake the lead on lap eight. Afterwards, he increased his lead to around 2.5 seconds before crossing the finish line in convincing style as winner.

"We are very competitive here at the Lausitzring, my car was just as quick in the race as it was in qualifying," said Molina. "My second victory in the DTM feels just as good as my first at the Nurburgring. It's absolutely fantastic to win in such a close championship as the DTM. I hope that I can score a lot of points again tomorrow."

Jamie Green could not quite match the speed of Miguel Molina in the race, but kept the Mercedes-Benz from Robert Wickens in check throughout the race. With his second consecutive podium finish, last year's Lausitzring double winner scored important points.

"This is a great result for Audi," said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. "After the first two events didn't go quite so well for us, we can well use this one-two and the points. Five cars in the points is an excellent performance."

The second race starts on Sunday.


Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Miguel Molina Abt Audi 42m04.244s
2 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 2.034s
3 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 4.175s
4 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 8.724s
5 Christian Vietoris Mucke Mercedes 9.759s
6 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 10.398s
7 Lucas Auer Mucke Mercedes 10.794s
8 Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 14.437s
9 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 17.808s
10 Nico Muller Abt Audi 18.414s
11 Bruno Spengler MTEK BMW 18.965s
12 Timo Glock RMG BMW 22.282s
13 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 31.821s
14 Gary Paffett ART Mercedes 33.128s
15 Antonio Felix da Costa Schnitzer BMW 36.391s
16 Maximilian Gotz HWA Mercedes 38.400s
17 Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 39.396s
18 Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 40.298s
19 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 41.509s
20 Adrien Tambay Rosberg Audi 42.741s
21 Augusto Farfus MTEK BMW 43.286s
22 Tom Blomqvist RBM BMW 43.912s
23 Esteban Ocon ART Mercedes 49.778s
Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW Retirement

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