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ERIKSSON CELEBRATES HIS FIRST DTM WIN.

Alex Zanardi sensationally snatches fifth place on Sunday.

Eriksson celebrates his first DTM win.Alex Zanardi sensationally snatches fifth place on Sunday.

QUICK FACTS. DTM MISANO.

  • 01 Sunday: DTM rookie Joel Eriksson came out on top in the rain at Misano to become the second-youngest DTM winner of all time.
  • 02 Sunday: After a sensational performance, guest driver Alex Zanardi crossed the line in fifth place.
  • 03 Saturday: Timo Glock, Philipp Eng and Marco Wittmann score points in a turbulent night race at Misano.

Highlights vom Samstag.

Sehen Sie hier die Höhepunkte des Samstagsrennens in der Videozusammenfassung.

SATURDAY.

Glock, Eng and Wittmann score on Saturday.

In the first night race in the history of the DTM, Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM) claimed seventh, eighth and ninth places to score points in the overall standings. In a turbulent race with two safety car periods, Eng and Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) each took the lead at times before dropping back. Farfus finished in eleventh position, ahead of Joel Eriksson (BMW M4 DTM), while Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) had to retire after a collision. Alessandro Zanardi (BMW M4 DTM) gave a convincing performance in difficult conditions and completed his guest drive by crossing the line in 13th position.


Most drivers started the race on wet-weather tyres as the track dried out. Farfus and Spengler went with slicks and were rewarded early on as they moved into the top positions. However, two safety car periods bunched the field and both drivers dropped back when they had to complete their mandatory pit stops. Farfus had been in the lead when the time came for his stop. Eng then took his place, having moved all the way up from an 18th-place start. He was unable to maintain his outstanding speed in the final laps. Victory went to Paul di Resta (Mercedes). Zanardi avoided risky situations in those turbulent early laps, before finding his rhythm and improving to finish his DTM debut in 13th place.

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It was important for me to get good experience for Sunday’s race here.
Alex Zanardi

Highlights vom Samstag.

Sehen Sie hier die Höhepunkte des Samstagsrennens in der Videozusammenfassung.

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SUNDAY.

Eriksson came out on top to become the second-youngest DTM winner of all time.

First DTM win in his 14th race: Former BMW Motorsport Junior Joel Eriksson (BMW M4 DTM) was rewarded for taking risks in the rain-drenched lottery of Misano and topped the podium for the first time in his rookie season. Eriksson was the only driver to start on slicks despite the changeable weather and the strategy paid off as he became the youngest BMW victor in the history of the DTM and the second-youngest DTM winner of all time. Only Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) had claimed his first triumph at a younger age than the 20-year-old. Alessandro Zanardi (BMW M4 DTM) caused a similar sensation. The guest driver stayed calm when the rain came, while most of the established drivers had to change tyres several times. Zanardi crossed the line in an outstanding fifth place.
 
The other BMW drivers missed out on the top ten. Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished in eleventh and will receive one point in the drivers’ championship, as Zanardi was racing outside the championship. Marco Wittmann (BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) were involved in early collisions and had to be content with finishing in 13th and 15th positions. Philipp Eng (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) claimed 16th place while Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) retired after an accident.

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I am simply speechless. I have been dreaming of a DTM win since I was a kid. Now I am topping the podium and don't know what to say.
Joel Eriksson, BMW Team RBM