BMW’s Marco Wittmann took victory in race one at the Brands Hatch circuit in race one of the DTM weekend coming home just ahead of Rene Rast. There was disappointment for Paul Di Resta who made a lightning start for Aston Martin as he went from fourth place to the lead at the start of the race but was deemed to have jumped the start and received a five second penalty as a result coming home in 14th place.

Speaking following the race Marco Wittmann commented saying:

For the fans, this surely was a thrilling showdown, but from my perspective, victory was never under threat. Of course, my tyres degraded towards the end after we had come in early for our pit-stop – and the drivers coming up from behind had unlimited use of push-to-pass and DRS on the final laps of the race, unlike the leader. But, up until that point, I had nicely managed my margin. It was good to see Aston Martin leading the race in the early stages, my compliments to them.

Rene Rast who is set to take pole for Sunday’s race finished in second place in race one and speaking following the event he said:

I had hoped for some more laps! We predicted 43 laps, but it turned out to be 42 in the end. That probably was the one lap I was missing… Having stressed my tyres too much at Assen, I still had a bit of a margin here. It wasn’t to be. Nevertheless, I am happy with second place.

Nico Muller was third for Audi and speaking following the event he said:

“Today, we’re very happy with third place. After the difficult qualifying and only eighth place on the grid for us, a podium finish is a strong result. I couldn’t have done better. With an early stop, we probably opted for the right strategy. I was able to manage the tyres really well.”

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