British driver Paul Di Resta won the first ever (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) DTM night race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Saturday.
The 32-year-old, who was born in Scotland, came out on top with his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM in Misano, Italy.
“I am absolutely happy. This was a perfect day, even though the race was difficult,” Di Resta said on the DTM official website after the finish.
With his third victory of the season, the Scot reduced the gap to championship leader Gary Paffett to only one point.
Audi driver Robin Frijns scored his maiden DTM podium finish. In a turbulent race, the Dutchman came second from Edoardo Mortara with another Mercedes-AMG.
“This victory was a major step in the championship. But it was anything but easy – hard work. I hope that I can sleep well and that my car is top again tomorrow,” said Di Resta, who achieved the maximum score of 28 points on Saturday with pole position and the race win.
Robin Frijns with his Audi RS 5 DTM also had every reason to be happy. In his 13th DTM race, the Dutchman secured his maiden podium finish.
“I was already fast at Brands Hatch, but unfortunately, I didn’t score any points. Today’s race was great fun. The final lap, in particular, was sensational,” said Frijns, who still found a way past Mortara with a spirited overtaking move on the final lap.
“Edo had made a mistake from which I was able to benefit. And then, he left me some room. That was a great duel.”
Catch the 2018 DTM show on Fox Sports 2 at 19h50 CAT tonight (Sunday, August 26).