DTM Zolder

BMW TEAM RBM TRIUMPHS AT HOME RACE.

BMW TEAM RBM TRIUMPHS AT HOME RACE.

BMW Team RBM triumphs at home race.

QUICK FACTS.

DTM ZOLDER.

  • 01 Saturday: BMW Team RBM get a one-two result from Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson for BMW at DTM home race in Belgium.
  • 02 Saturday: 35 years after Harald Grohs claimed victory at the very first DTM race, a BMW driver has triumphed once again as the race series returns to Zolder.
  • 03 Sunday: Philipp Eng moves into the lead in the drivers’ standings.
  • 04 Sunday: Sheldon van der Linde becomes the youngest BMW driver of all time to secure a DTM pole position.

SATURDAY.

Philipp Eng celebrates his first DTM win in Belgium.

Triumph as the DTM returns to Zolder: in the third race of the DTM season, Philipp Eng has celebrated the first DTM win of his career in the ZF BMW M4 DTM. Joel Eriksson completed the one-two result for BMW Team RBM in the CATL BMW M4 DTM. This was the very first home race in Belgium for the team headed by Bart Mampaey. 35 years after Harald Grohs claimed victory at the very first DTM race, a BMW driver has topped the podium once again at Zolder.
 

Eng and Eriksson were joined in the points by Marco Wittmann, who had started the race from pole position in the BMW M4 DTM and crossed the line in seventh place. He now has 43 points, and remains just ahead of Eng (40 points) at the top of the standings. Bruno Spengler finished tenth in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. He had started well from third place to move into the lead, where he remained until the decisive yellow flag period.
 
After 13 laps, the BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car brought the field closer together after Jake Dennis (Aston Martin) came to a halt at the entry to the pit lane. Eng and Eriksson were able to benefit from this as they, and a few other drivers, had already completed their mandatory pit stops by this point. Eng moved to the front when the leading group of drivers who had not stopped before the safety car period then came in for their tyre changes, and maintained his strong pace until the finish. Wittmann, Spengler, Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (JiVS BMW M4 DTM) then fell back, after having been in the leading group before the yellow flag.

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I would like to dedicate this win to my mentor Charly Lamm, who helped me so much on my journey to the DTM.
Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBM
Philipp Eng, ZF BMW M4 DTM

SUNDAY.

Philipp Eng moves into the lead in the drivers’ standings.

At Zolder, Philipp Eng enjoyed the most successful DTM weekend of his career to date. After his first win on Saturday, he crossed the line behind René Rast (Audi) on Sunday to claim second place in his ZF BMW M4 DTM. He has now taken the lead in the drivers’ standings, with 59 points. In the fourth DTM race of his career, Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) entered the history books as the youngest BMW driver of all time to claim a pole position. The DTM newcomer finished the race in fifth place.


In third place for some time, van der Linde appeared to be on course to reach the podium but dropped two places on the final lap. Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Joel Eriksson (CATL BMW M4 DTM) also reached the top ten, finishing in seventh and tenth positions. Timo Glock (JiVS BMW M4 DTM) was in the running but he was forced to retire just before the end of the race after a series of battles damaged his car. He was classified as finishing in 14th place.


On lap 23, Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) hit the rear of Robin Frijns’ Audi during a battle. Frijns had to retire and the BMW M4 GTS DTM safety car appeared on the track. Wittmann received a drive-through penalty and fell back to 13th place.

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I finished in fifth. Nonetheless, I am absolutely delighted with the qualifying result and my first pole position in the DTM.
Sheldon van der Linde, BMW Team RBM