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.