Hockenheim/Germany, 7th May 2017
Jamie Green started Sunday's race from third on the grid, and immediately gained a place at the start. A little later, the Safety Car made an appearance after a collision involving three drivers. When the race restarted on lap four, Jamie Green (Audi) passed pole-sitter Timo Glock (BMW) to move into the lead – and never looked back. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) followed the Audi driver over the finish line in second. Third place went to reigning #dtm champion Marco Wittmann (BMW), who had started the race from the back row of the grid in 17th. Saturday's race winner, Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz), came home fourth and tops the overall standings after the opening race weekend of the #dtm season.
The fans witnessed an eventful #dtm race with many spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. Light rain started to fall on the Hockenheimring after just a few laps. As all the drivers had started on the Hankook Ventus Race slick, they had to call on all of their skill to avoid skidding off the track, which was becoming increasingly slippery. When the rain became too heavy, all the teams switched to the wet tyre provided by exclusive #dtm partner #hankook. This tyre provided a lot of grip on the wet track through to the end of the race.
Manfred Sandbichler, #hankook Motorsport Director Europe: "That was a great opening #dtm weekend, showcasing everything motorsport has to offer. The fans were treated to exciting races in dry conditions and in the rain, and all three manufacturers finished on the podium in both races. It is no longer possible to predict which driver will stand on the podium come the end of the race. The pack is shuffled before every race. The newly-developed #hankook slick played the main role in race one on Saturday, while the wet tyre was called upon too on Sunday. Both did a great job and delivered exactly the performance that was asked of them."