Robert Wickens ensured Mercedes-Benz’s celebration of 25 years in the DTM was one to remember, taking his first victory in the series.
Round 5 of the 2013 season saw Mercedes-Benz commemorate 25 years since it became a works DTM manufacturer, in 1988. A host of cars and stars such as David Coulthard and multiple champions Bernd Schneider and Klaus Ludwig were on hand to mark the occasion, which included parades in the nearby Nuremberg.
On track, Wickens did his part to make history, the Mercedes Junior taking his maiden pole position aboard an AMG C-Coupé.
While Wickens had to settle for second place in the 83-lap race, victor Mattias Ekström was excluded for a post-race infringement, elevating the Canadian to the top step of the podium. Wickens’ victory is his first in the DTM, and the 170th for Mercedes-Benz in 358 races.
“My first DTM victory, even though I’ve had to wait to get the result confirmed, I am, of course, thrilled to bits,” Wickens said.
“It was a close-fought race. There were two safety car periods, and we changed strategy after the second safety car phase, which my team and I thought would be good tactics. I started from pole, was in 14th place for a time and ultimately won the race, it was a tough race, but I overtook a few cars and enjoyed the feeling.”
Making it even sweeter, adjusted results made it a 1-2-3 for the German manufacturer, with fellow young guns Christian Vietoris and Daniel Juncadella second and third respectively.
“Following the stewards’ decision, I would wish to congratulate Robert on his maiden DTM victory,” Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said.
“Three Mercedes Juniors in the top three places, that’s a very good result. Robert, Christian and Daniel produced an incredibly strong performance to mark the 25th anniversary of our brand in the DTM which we celebrated this weekend in Nuremberg along with many legendary Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers.”
Vietoris now leads the way for Mercedes-Benz in the standings, sitting third, with Wickens fourth. Winner of the preceding round, Gary Paffett was eliminated in a collision and sits fifth.
The series continues on 4 August at Moscow Raceway, the DTM’s inaugural visit to Russia.