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Müller is back! Second DTM career win in Misano on Sunday

Müller is back! Second DTM career win in Misano on Sunday

09.06.2019: • Audi’s Nico Müller wins a dramatic DTM race on Sunday • Title candidates Philipp Eng and René Rast round out the podium • Bad luck for Saturday race winner Marco Wittmann – retirement on lap one

•    Audi’s Nico Müller wins a dramatic DTM race on Sunday

•    Title candidates Philipp Eng and René Rast round out the podium

•    Bad luck for Saturday race winner Marco Wittmann – retirement on lap one



A canny win: Nico Müller (SUI) scored a dominant win in Sunday’s DTM race at Misano (Italy). The Audi driver not only made a good start, but also ticked all the boxes in terms of race strategy and tyre management. However, his second DTM career win – and the first for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline for 624 days – wasn’t the day’s only story. Title hopefuls Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW), René Rast (GER, Audi) and Philipp Eng (AUT, BMW) also added considerably to the day’s entertainment value.




Sandwiched by Audi drivers: BMW’s Eng profits from turbulent race to claim second


Around the halfway point, Eng looked likely to be the one to profit most from a series of dramatic situations. On lap one, Wittmann suffered a clash with Eng and Jonathan Aberdein that caused steering damage and forced him to retire. On lap 14, disaster struck for pole-sitter René Rast as he lost valuable time due to a left-rear puncture while in the lead.



After that, he found himself involved in a thrilling duel with Eng, in which the Austrian came out on top on lap 21 to secure his fifth podium finish of the 2019 season. As a result, Eng finished second within a group of four Audi drivers. There could have been five, had it not been for Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW), overtaking Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, Audi) with a breath-taking manoeuvre around the outside on the final lap.






Strong performance goes unrewarded: Andrea Dovizioso looked set for top 10 finish



Guest driver Andrea Dovizioso (ITA, Audi) experienced the entire spectrum of highs and lows in Sunday’s race. On lap three, the MotoGP star had worked his way up into ninth place, only to have to surrender the position after the pit stops.



A high-speed spin on lap 30 ended his charge, but, without any damage, he kept going to the chequer, finishing 15th behind the Aston Martins of Ferdinand von Habsburg (AUT), Jake Dennis (GBR) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP). Nevertheless, the motorcycle ace convinced with speed, tireless efforts and entertaining manoeuvres in his first two DTM races.






» Quotes – race 2, Misano


Gerhard Berger, Chairman ITR e. V.




“We had a great atmosphere during our second DTM event at Misano and we got to see two good races. Audi and BMW won one race each and newcomer Aston Martin has shown its potential on occasions. Andrea Dovizioso’s participation has created huge interest and passion.



‘Dovi’ has left a strong impression, he was quick out of the box with a car that he wasn’t used to. For me, that wasn’t a surprise. MotoGP drivers are dealing with an unbelievable power-to-weight ratio on a daily basis. They know what grip is. And they know how to deal with tyres.”




Nico Müller, winner



“Just fantastic. We have worked extremely hard for this victory. The new cars are a delight to drive, but they also require a lot of work by the mechanics. The guys have deserved this and I think so have I. Saturday could have gone better as we are always aiming at perfection. That is seldom achieved. From that perspective, this victory is a really, really great feeling.”





Philipp Eng, 2nd place



“From ninth on the grid, you can’t expect to make it onto the podium in the DTM. Today, I have to take my hat off to my team for having done an outstanding job. I have tried to make the tyres last throughout the distance in the heat we had today and I managed. Of course, these points are really valuable.”





Andrea Dovizioso, 15th place



“I didn’t have a good start and some contact on the opening lap as well. Then the puncture on top of that – things didn’t really go well today. Therefore, third place is a really good result. At Team Rosberg, we are an experienced team where everyone knows what he is doing. Today, we could have achieved more together. But I am not unhappy.”


René Rast, 3rd place




“I have really enjoyed the weekend in the DTM. These cars are nice to drive. They have plenty of power, speed and downforce. But keeping up with drivers at this level is difficult. All in all, however, it was a good experience.”





» Results – race 2, Misano



01. Nico Müller (SUI), Audi, 38 laps in 57m 37.468s
02. Philipp Eng (AUT), BMW, + 7.628s
03. René Rast (GER), Audi, + 16.804s
04. Robin Frijns (NED), Audi, + 20.072s
05. Pietro Fittipaldi (BRA), Audi, + 20.430s
06. Joel Eriksson (SWE), BMW, + 23.645s
07. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA), Audi, + 24.813s
08. Bruno Spengler (CAN), BMW, + 28.460s
09. Sheldon van der Linde (ZAF), BMW, + 29.003s
10. Mike Rockenfeller (GER), Audi, + 47.798s


Fastest lap: Robin Frijns (NED), Audi RS 5 DTM, 1m 27.291s
Pole position: René Rast (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, 1m 25.384s
Weather conditions: 35°C, sunshine
Circuit conditions: 41–49°C, dry surface




 

Highlights, race 2, Misano, 9 June 2019



» Strategies at a glance – race 2, Misano




#51 – Nico Müller (SUI)
First stint: 45 percent » pit stop: lap 17 » second stint: 55 percent


#25 – Philipp Eng (AUT)
First stint: 42 percent » pit stop: lap 16 » second stint: 58 percent


#33 – René Rast (GER)
First stint: 37 percent » pit stop: lap 14 » second stint: 63 percent






» Wow fact I – race 2, Misano



   
High five


Rast, Frijns, Aberdein, Müller and Fittipaldi – Audi dominated qualifying for the second race on Sunday. All cars in the top five on the starting grid were carrying the four rings.





» Wow fact II – race 2, Misano


   
26.1%



Two of the DTM’s title candidates are also the most successful drivers in the 2019 line-up. René Rast (GER, Audi) has scored 12 wins from 46 races, a win ratio of 26.1%. Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW) has achieved 13 wins in the 100 races he has participated in and thus has a win ratio of 13.0%.



In comparison: the next most-successful driver among the race winners is Jamie Green (GBR, Audi), who has scored 16 victories from 181 races, the highest absolute number, equalling a win ratio of 8.8%. By the way, DTM legend Roberto Ravaglia (ITA), who presented the trophy to the winner after the Sunday race at Misano, scored six wins from 49 races in his time racing in the DTM, a win ratio of 12.2%.





» Regulations at a glance



Pit stops



In both races, the drivers must pit at least once for a full set of four fresh tyres. It is up to the teams and drivers to decide when to do this. A maximum of nine mechanics can work on one car during a pit stop, with just one wheel gun allowed for each side of the car. The ninth mechanic operates as the “tyre catcher”. Pit stops during a safety car phase do not count as a mandatory pit stop. The speed limit in the pit lane is 50 kph.







ITR GmbH- photos DTM and AutoMobilSport.com

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