DTM: Eng takes victory for BMW in mixed up race

BMW secured pole and victory at Zolder in the first race, but not with the same car/driver as Philipp Eng stormed to the top step of the podium.

The issues came when the Aston Martins of Dennis and Juncadella stopped at almost the same time half way into the race. Dennis pulled over to the pit entry while Juncadella stopped at the side of the track, this brought out the safety car and left the lead three drivers, (Spengler, Wittmann and Rast), caught without having already taken their mandatory stop.

Rast had a further issue and retired with a technical issue, citing a lack of top end speed.

At this point, Eng had taken the lead after the field had made their stops, he started 7th on the grid! He had already made it to fifth before the stops and gained another place when Frijns was given a stop and go penalty for a jump start.

Once in the lead, Eng managed the pace and took the win, his first in the series.

Eriksson and Muller battled for 2nd/3rd but the Swede eventually took the win after Muller ran wide on the final lap.

Duval took 4th, despite contact with WRT driver Jonathan Aberdein, who later retired with too much bodywork damage.

Rockenfeller took 5th with two laps to go, taking the inside line on Jamie Green at turn one.

Pole sitter Wittmann managed seventh despite looking on target for a podium while di Resta took 8th, which considering his start position of 16th, is very impressive. He took advantage of the safety car and essentially took a free second pit stop. Fellow Aston Martin driver Habsburg took 9th ahead of Bruno Spengler.

The last runners were van der Linde, Frijns, Glock and Fittipaldi.

zolder r1 result

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