DTM Zandvoort 2015 (Race 2): BMW on top again

DTM Zandvoort 2015 (race 2)
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Z andvoort remains firmly in BMW hands. Two pole positions, two race wins, seven BMWs in the first seven places on Saturday, and five M4s in the first five places on Sunday: the Bavarian manufacturer couldn't have imagined the weekend in the Dutch seaside resort better.

Da Costa with his first DTM success

In the Sunday race, which was driven for over an hour plus one lap (39 in total), António Felix da Costa achieved the best result. The Portuguese conquered his first pole position in the morning's 20-minute qualifying, and in the afternoon he laid the foundation for his future success with a strong start. It was the first of his DTM career, having already posted his first podium on Saturday.

Overall, the 23-year-old leaves the Zandvoort track with a total of 43 points. 'I had to sweat a lot, my colleagues from the brand put in a lot of pressure. It was important to me to create enough space to the rear before the first corner, because that's where the best overtaking point is. I tried to protect the tires and those for the rest of the lap Controlling speed, 'said the winner.

Behind da Costa, BMW colleague Augusto Farfus finished second, just 0.473 seconds behind. The Brazilian started the eighth round of the 2015 season in his car from third position. At the obligatory pit stop, Farfus grabbed Bruno Spengler, who had started from second place and who could not benefit from his earlier tire change. 'The pit stop was good. Unfortunately we had to wait because of traffic, otherwise we would have received a penalty for an unsafe release. That cost me second place,' explained Spengler. In the end, it was enough for the Canadian and DTM champion from 2012 for the last podium place - ahead of Timo Glock.

In contrast to Spengler, an earlier pit stop paid off for the former Formula 1 driver. Thanks to a good outlap, Glock moved up from sixth to fourth place.

Wehrlein lands in sixth position

Behind the yellow M4, Marco Wittmann crossed the finish line in another BMW in fifth. It was only after the defending champion that the first Mercedes driver followed in Pascal Wehrlein. At the finish line 10.954 seconds were missing from the top. The greatest handicap for the Mercedes and Audi drivers in Zandvoort was thePerformance weights that made their cars significantly heavier compared to the BMW.

Mattias Ekström crossed the finish line in seventh position in his Audi RS5. With the result, both Wehrlein and Ekström make up points in the championship on leader Jamie Green, who only finished 13th. Christian Vietoris (8th), Adrien Tambay (9th) and Gary Paffett (10th) were among the top ten. Mike Rockenfeller and Miguel Molina landed just outside the points.

In the overall standings, Green continues to lead with 81 points despite two clear rounds in Zandvoort. Ekström and Wehrlein follow with 76 points. The best BMW driver is Bruno Spengler in sixth (52 points).


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