Sheldon van der Linde, Shell BMW M4 DTM, Assen

SHELDON VAN DER LINDE WINS FOR BMW TO BECOME FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN TO WIN A DTM RACE.

Sheldon van der Linde wins for BMW to become first South African to win a DTM race.

QUICK FACTS. DTM ASSEN.

  • 01 Saturday: Jonathan Aberdein achieves his best result in a BMW M4 DTM so far.
  • 02 Saturday: Robert Kubica in the points for the first time.
  • 03 Sunday: Sheldon van der Linde wins his first DTM race.
  • 04 Sunday: Van der Linde is the first South African to win a DTM race.
  • 05 Sunday: Five BMW M4 DTMs make it into the top ten.

THE SATURDAY.

Jonathan Aberdein finishes in sixth for BMW at Assen.

The BMW DTM drivers experienced a difficult sporting Saturday at Assen. At the opener of the fourth race weekend of the DTM season, Jonathan Aberdein in the CATL BMW M4 DTM finished in sixth place as the best BMW driver. Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM) also picked up points for finishing seventh and ninth in a race that was all about tyre management. Robert Kubica crossed the finish line in tenth place for the privateer BMW customer team ART Grand Prix to secure the first top-ten result of his DTM career.

 

Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM), who won Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring, narrowly missed out on the points in eleventh place. Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) in 13th finished ahead of Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM). His hopes of a good result came to nothing early on when the rear of his car was hit by a rival, causing him to spin.

 

After three race weekends without spectators, fans were allowed back into the stands for the first time this season at Assen, creating something of the usual DTM atmosphere.

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Timo Glock, iQOO BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM
In sixth place I was the best BMW driver, and it was my best result of the year, but we can’t really be pleased with the result, particularly with our deficit to Audi. We need to put our heads together and work hard on closing the gap.
Jonathan Aberdein
Timo Glock, Lucas Auer
BMW Team RMG

THE SUNDAY.

Sheldon van der Linde wins for BMW to become first South African to win a DTM race.

Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) took the first DTM win of his career and the first DTM victory for a South African in Sunday’s race at Assen. The BMW Team RBM driver made perfect use of the rain and the difficult track conditions and, thanks to a flawless drive and a perfect team strategy, moved up from 14th on the grid to P1. Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM), Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM) also did well in the conditions and finished in the top ten.

 

After a dry qualifying session, heavy rain set in shortly before the race got underway. The rain eased off gradually in the first half of the race and Glock in particular set off on an extraordinary race to gain positions with strong overtaking manoeuvres in that initial stage which saw him move up into second place. Van der Linde made his compulsory pit stop early and afterwards had a clear run which saw him move up into the lead after his rivals made later pit stops.

 

An accident and heavy rain setting in again interrupted the race temporarily. On the restart, van der Linde held on to his top-spot commandingly and brought the win home. Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) was the highest qualifying BMW driver in sixth, but was unable to keep up with the pace at the front in the rain and ended up finishing in 13th place.

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It’s incredible. We started from 14th on the grid and moved up into P1. To be honest, a dream came true today. We never would have expected it at the start. This shows that anything really can happen. The weather was really strange the whole weekend. We were able to get the maximum out of the race and my team had a fantastic strategy today. The car was amazing in the wet. I’m just really happy to have got my first DTM win. I think everyone at BMW more than deserves this. My team worked so hard for this. Thanks to everyone for this.
Sheldon van der Linde