DTM Zolder I

PODIUM FOR AUER IN AN EVENTFUL SUNDAY RACE IN ZOLDER.

Podium for Auer in an eventful Sunday race in Zolder.

QUICK FACTS. DTM ZOLDER I.

  • 01 Saturday: Timo Glock finishes in fourth place in 13th race of the 2020 DTM season.
  • 02 Saturday: Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp Eng also in the points.
  • 03 Sunday: Lucas Auer finishes third after an eventful race, including a safety car phase.
  • 04 Sunday: Pole position for Glock and second place on the grid for van der Linde in the morning’s qualifying.

SATURDAY.

Glock best-placed BMW M4 DTM driver in Saturday’s race in Zolder.

The best-placed BMW driver in the 13th race of the 2020 season was Timo Glock (GER) in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM in fourth place. Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) also picked up further points.

In a thrilling qualifying session on Saturday morning, Glock secured the second place on the front row of the grid in damp conditions. The newly asphalted track was mostly dry by the time the race started. After position changes, Glock pulled off courageous overtaking manoeuvres once again, and was on course to finish on the podium up until lap 30 of 42, when he lost a position and dropped down into fourth, which he defended down to the wire.

Van der Linde initially dropped down from sixth on the grid to P13, but then started working his way up the field which saw him move up into sixth place. This result saw the South African maintain fourth place in the DTM driver’s standings. Eng in ninth also finished in the points. Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) was eleventh, directly in front of Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM) in P12. Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) was in a strong fifth place up until the final phase, but a gearbox problem forced him to return to the pit shortly before the end of the race.

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In general I’m happy with P4, we’ve scored some good points.
Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG
DTM Zolder I

SUNDAY.

Auer finishes third after an eventful race, including a safety car phase.

In an eventful Sunday race in Zolder, the Austrian finished third in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM), who started from pole position, eventually came home in fourth place. Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) and Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) also finished in the points.

Sunday began with a successful qualifying for the BMW teams. Glock set the fastest time on a drying track to secure pole position. Van der Linde joined him on the front row of the grid and started Sunday’s race from second place, completing the best BMW qualifying result of the season so far.

However, the race was packed with drama from the word go. Glock spun into the gravel bed after contact in the opening corners and dropped to the back of the field. The race then changed completely when a crash involving Robin Frijns (Audi) was followed by a safety car phase. The beneficiaries of this were those drivers who had already been in for their mandatory pit stop and were now able to gain positions. They included Auer and Glock: Auer now found himself on course for a podium finish, and eventually crossed the finish line in third place, followed by Glock in fourth.

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I am really happy for my guys and me.
Lucas Auer, BMW Team RMG