Lucas Auer has taken an upset victory in the Sunday DTM race at the Lausitzring, taking the lead from ninth on the grid with last lap pass on Timo Glock.
Auer started the race in the midfield, much like Glock, but moved up to the front of the field after the pitstop cycle. When front runners Robin Frijns, Rene Rast and Nico Müller opted to make their mandatory stops late in the race, it promoted Jamie Green into the lead with Glock and Auer in second and third.
With the championship front runners unable to make use of their fresher tyres, the battle for the lead shifted to Green, Glock and Auer. The BMW pair both made their way past the Audi veteran in a double pass into turn one on lap 24, with Auer pulling of a daring lunge to follow Glock and make his way past Green.
Auer then seized the lead from Glock a lap later, only for the ex-F1 driver to move back up front a handful of laps later.
Glock looked set to take his first DTM win since 2018 until Auer expertly timed an overtake into turn one on the closing lap, moving past the German and into the lead.
Auer then held off Glock to take a surprise victory, the first win for BMW in 2020 and Auer’s first win since the Nürburgring round in 2017, when he raced with Mercedes.
Glock finished second, ahead of Robin Frijns, who after dispatching Rene Rast for fourth slipped past Jamie Green on the final lap when the Briton struggled for traction on the penultimate corner.
Green finished fourth ahead of Müller and Rast, who were not able to move up their order despite their fresher tyres. Jonathan Aberdein finished seventh ahead of Loic Duval, while the top ten was completed by Marco Wittmann and Sheldon van der Linde, who stalled from fourth on the grid at the start of the race.
Mike Rockenfeller finished eleventh ahead of Philipp Eng and Harrison Newey, while the grid was completed by Ferdinand Habsburg, Fabio Scherer and Robert Kubica.