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Hot stuff: Nico Müller celebrates second DTM victory

“What a illusory feeling!“ pronounced an generous Nico Müller after scoring his second DTM feat in his career and a initial for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in scarcely dual years. “We worked unequivocally tough and prolonged for this. The guys some-more than merit this result. Today’s feat is good for Audi and ABT. Thank we for this superb car! The Audi RS 5 DTM was intensely clever here during Misano. To modify this into a widespread feat with a good start and a clever performance, generally after a tire change, is outstanding. Now I’m already looking brazen to a Norisring!”

In 2016, Müller had won his initial DTM competition during a Norisring. The 27-year-old Swiss, who is also a exam and growth motorist for Audi in Formula E, had to wait for his second DTM delight for scarcely 3 years.

At Misano, Müller, with a lightning-fast start, softened from fourth to second position. On a 14th lap, a Swiss prisoner a lead when René Rast forsaken behind due to a puncture. Following his array stop, Müller, on a new set of tires, managed to increasingly lift transparent of his evident rivals and eventually crossed a finish line as a leader with a 7.628-second advantage.

After clinching stick position on Saturday, René Rast again cumulative a tip mark on a grid on Sunday. On a initial few meters, a motorist from Audi Sport Team Rosberg forsaken to third position and was concerned in a collision right on a starting lap. Even so, it usually took Rast 9 laps to retrieve a lead. However, a puncture broken his hopes of another victory.

“This was a unequivocally formidable competition for me,” pronounced Rast. “My start wasn’t quite good. we mislaid some positions and in spin 8 got held in a sandwich between Marco (Wittmann) and Jonathan (Aberdein). I’m contemptible that Marco late as a result, though there was zero we could do. Jonathan strike me and afterwards we strike Marco. After holding a lead, we suffered a puncture. Afterwards, we wasn’t means to get a second set of tires to unequivocally work in traffic. Third position is good for a championship, though this wasn’t a best competition for me today.”

Müller’s teammate, Robin Frijns, started from a front quarrel on Sunday for a initial time in his DTM career and led a margin for 8 laps. Because a tires heavily degraded, a Dutchman let Rast and Müller pass him before being overwhelmed by Loïc Duval and going into a spin. On a second set of tires, Frijns still fought behind to fourth position and set a fastest competition path in a process.

Pietro Fittipaldi, in fifth place, scored a so distant best outcome in his still immature DTM career. The Brazilian stood in for Jamie Green, who had to skip Misano due to an appendectomy. By scoring his points he helped Audi Sport Team Rosberg take a lead again in a DTM’s teams’ classification.

Jonathan Aberdein from a WRT Team Audi Sport patron team, by clinching third position on a grid, reliable his clever opening from a prior day and in seventh place also scored his so distant best outcome in a DTM. MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso in his second DTM competition caused a prodigy once again. From 14th on a grid, a Ducati bureau supplement was battling for a top-ten outcome when he went into a fantastic spin and forsaken to a finish of a field.