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While Marco Wittmann had disappointment written all over his face after the Saturday race in Moscow, he had every reason to celebrate today. He drove towards an unchallenged start-finish victory in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM.

Wittmann couldn’t get anywhere in the rain at the „Moscow Raceway“, but was the measure of all things in the dry. He celebrated his second pole position of the season in the morning’s qualifying session and secured himself the perfect starting position for the twelfth race of the season. Wittmann got off to a sensational start to the one-hour Sunday race, initially had a clear road in front of him and was able to pull away from his rivals increasingly lap by lap. And his BMW Team RMG didn’t make any errors during the mandatory pit stop that he took on lap 14 either. Back on the track he worked his way up through the traffic and quickly returned to the top 10. When his direct rivals had also made their stops, Wittmann was back at the top of the field. After 40 laps he crossed the finish line as the winner and celebrated his first victory in Moscow. Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus in second, third and fourth place clinched the BMW top-four shut-out.

„After the difficult day yesterday, this was a race that really suited me today. First, I was able to secure pole position and then celebrate a start-finish victory. The fact that we were also able to achieve a top-four shut-out with BMW is simply sensational. I dedicate my success to my race engineer who turned 35 today. I think a win is pretty much the best possible birthday present he could receive.“

With victory in the second race at the „Moscow Raceway“, Wittmann regained the lead in the drivers‘ championship. The DTM will enter its crucial phase at the Nürburgring on 10th and 11th September. Three events with six races to go, then the new champion will be crowned.