Di Resta and Wittman top DTM Hungaroring

The DTM Rounds 5 and 6 at the Hungaroring in Budapest saw Mercedes and BMW share the race wins. Mercedes’ Paul di Resta took the win in the opening race on Saturday, while former Champion Marco Wittman held till the end for the main race win.

Di Resta’s win was his fifth of this season’s 20 DTM races. He won ahead of his fellow Mercedes driver Lucas Auer. Di Resta had started the race from pole position, but briefly lost first place to the Austrian in the opening stages of the race.

Ten laps later, he claimed back the lead and was first across the finish line. Behind Auer, Audi’s Nico Müller claimed third place, with defending champion René Rast (Audi) securing fourth. BMW driver Timo Glock, who came to Hungary as the leader in the drivers’ standings, took the chequered flag in 14th place and thus didn’t score any points.

“When starting a race from pole position and then winning, there is certainly no reason to complain,” race winner Di Resta said after the finish. “The few drops of rain on lap two didn’t make us nervous and eventually, the weather remained stable. But even if rain would have set in: our car is strong in wet conditions, too.”

In the main race, Wittmann beat fellow BMW drivers Timo Glock and Philipp Eng for the win. “That was an unbelievable race and we certainly didn’t expect this result,” Wittmann said after the race. With the result, the drivers from the Munich-based brand also benefited from an interruption of the race that was necessary after accidents in the pit lane. Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller finished fourth ahead of the best-placed Di Resta.

The main race was marred by accidents in the pit lane. On the wet concrete surface in front of the pit boxes, the cars of Auer, Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler started sliding. In the process, people working in the pit lane incurred injuries. A Hungarian marshal was flown to hospital with severe leg injuries, two further firemen from Hungary also underwent stationary treatment. Three Mercedes-AMG mechanics had minor injuries. None of the persons were in critical condition at any time.

After six races so far, Glock is in the lead with 90 points, eleven points ahead of Gary Paffett on 79. Di Resta is third with 67 then Auer with 57. Wittman climbs to fifth with a total of 51.

The next stop for the 18 DTM drivers is the Norisring in Nuremberg. From 22 – 24 June, the only street circuit on the DTM calendar is the venue for the seventh and eighth race of the season.