DTM Assen 1: Frijns winner ahead of Duval and quintuplé Audi – Endurance-Info

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Checked flag for 4 Robin Frijns (NED, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM), 2020 DTM Assen; *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Thomas Suer +++

Robin Frijns scored his first success of the 2020 season today in Assen. Racing at home, the Dutchman (Audi RS 5 DTM Abt Sportsline # 4) had taken several pole positions since the first races and we had seen him often in command, but victory had eluded him so far.

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He started in the front row alongside Loïc Duval (Audi Phoenix # 28) who had beaten him at the end of qualifying.

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The Frenchman got off to a good start and retained first place, ahead of von Habsburg (Audi WRT # 62) who had a fiery start, Nico Müller and Frijns (Audi Abt Sportsline # 51).

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Frijns attacked and quickly took second place, followed by René Rast (Audi Rosberg # 33), who came back very quickly, and Müller.

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Duval remained in the lead until the mandatory pitstop. The # 28 Audi came to a stop on lap 16, followed by the next loop by Rast and Müller, while Frijns waited for an extra lap.

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Loïc Duval, once all the pitstops had been completed, was still the leader while Müller's save had been better negotiated than that of Rast and the Swiss was now third behind Duval and Frijns, but ahead of Rast, his rival for the top of the standings pilots.

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Duval was soon overtaken by his pursuers and Frijns went on the offensive. He took first place on lap 30.

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The Frenchman was hanging on but didn't
failed to take back the best. Frijns therefore won his
first race with five small tenths ahead of Loïc Duval,
while Nico Müller finished third.

At the end of the race, the cadence of Rast
fell and he lost fourth place to Mike
Rockenfeller (Audi Phoenix # 99), author of the fastest lap in the race
1.26.466

BMWs were once again
dominated and must be content with Jonatan's sixth place
Aberdein (BMW M4 DTM RMR # 27).

The ranking is here

In the drivers standings, Müller digs
the gap. He is leader with 149 points, ahead of Frijns (119), Rast
(107) and Duval (57).

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