BMW came to Zandvoort to win – a clear message put out by the German manufacturer after dominating the entire weekend from first qualifying to the final race to mark a successful seventh and eighth race. They tasted their first victory back at Norisring when Bruno Spengler scored the first podium win of the season, but whatever unfolded at Zandvoort was a tremendous success!
First it was a top seven lockout during Race 1 where seven BMW drivers finished in a row from P1 to P7, then Race 2 where five BMW drivers finished in a row from P1 to P5. Reigning champion Marco Wittmann was the first man open the jar of luck when he won Race 1 leading António Félix da Costa and Maxime Martin in a full BMW podium. It was the best career finish for Portuguese driver Felix da Costa in his second DTM season.
Filling P4 to P7 were Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist. The best placed Audi driver was Mike Rockenfeller who finished in ninth place followed by Nico Müller in another Audi RS5 DTM. Pascal Wehrlein placed the best Mercedes in tenth place, Gary Paffett slid his car and lost positions in his Mercedes-AMG DTM car. Championship leader Jamie Green also slid into the gravel trap, he finished in eleventh place.
Race 2 was another success for BMW – after starting from pole, Felix da Costa took the chequered flag to claim his first ever DTM win. He also became the first Portuguese driver to win a DTM race. Farfus and Spengler flashed across the finish line in second and third respectively to give BMW another full podium celebration moment. To rub it in properly, Timo Glock and Marco Wittmann rounded off the top five for BMW.
Pascal Wehrlein put Mercedes in sixth ahead of the best Audi car of Mattias Ekstrom; the two drivers are currently second in the standings with a tie of 76 points. Jamie Green continues to lead the championship with 81 points despite his bad luck this weekend.
Drivers will now rest till the end of the month when they will face each other again at the Red Bull Ring.