Mortara avoids collisions to win to be first double winner of 2016, with Jamie Green and Paul di Resta rounding out the top 3.
Christian Vietoris, who was starting from pole, had a good launch off the line and looked set to control the race early on from a group of drivers initially headed by Mattias Ekstrom. However, this wasn’t to last, the Ekstrom made a mistake at turn 1 causing him to go wide and inevitably lost a place to Robert Wickens.
Wickens held firm in 2nd place waiting for the right opportunity to pass Vietoris later on in the race before an incident took the top 3 out of the race.
Edoardo Mortara, while the beginning of the race was unraveling, started in sixth place and moved up to fourth early on, before inheriting the lead just before the half-way mark after the incident between the top 3.
Ekstrom, who was looking to pass Wickens into Turn 1, clipped Wickens after braking too late, sending him into a spin and taking himself and Wickens out of the race in the process. Vietroris carried on but to no success.
The safety car was deployed as a result, and after a good getaway at the restart, Mortara didn’t put a foot wrong and held off fellow Audi driver Jamie Green to control the remainder of the race to claim his second victory of the season.
Marco Wittmann ended up as the lead BMW in fourth after an overtake on Bruno Spengler, as Maxime Martin took sixth.
This result ended Mercedes’ 13 consecutive win streak here at Norisring.
Adrien Tambay made progress from 15th on the grid to finish seventh.
Maximilian Gotz and Augusto Farfus had a race long battle, which resulted in Gotz taking the chequered flag in eighth to score his first points of the season.
Antonio Felix da Costa, recovered from 21st on the grid to finish ninth.
Polesitter Vietoris couldn’t recover from the turn 2 incident and ended up in 10th at the flag, with Farfus, Martin Tomczyk, Lucas Auer and Timo Glock behind him.