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By Tarek Ramchani

Audi driver Jamie Green narrowly missed the podium in the first DTM race of the weekend at the Moscow Raceway. It was an action packed and chaotic race 1 won by Mercedes-Benz's Pascal Wehrlein at the Russian track.

Right from the start, Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was forced to retire after a big crash with the Mercedes-Benz of Christian Vietoris. The Saftey Car was deployed for more than 10 minutes.

Back to green there were some big fights for track positions between the drivers of all three brands. In the mid-race there was a contact between the Audi of Mattias Ekstrom and the BMW of Timo Glock. Both drivers were taken out of the race with the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver losing big points. The Safety Car was deployed for the second time.

In the closing stages of the race, Jamie Green was running in third place tried to overtake the second placed BMW M4 DTM of Marco Wittmann. Unfortunately the British driver lost a position for BMW's Spengler in the very last corner and ended the race in fourth place.

Edoardo Mortra (Audi Sport Team Abt) had a solide race 1. The Italian driver was among the fastest in the field and ended the race in a strong fifth place.

Top-ten finish for two other drivers, Nico Mueller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was ninth and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was tenth.

Antonio Giovinazzi (Audi Sport team Phoenix) was ninteenth. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) did not finish the race.

The second qualifying session and the second race will be held tomorrow.

Photo credit: Audi Media

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