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Glock, Rockenfeller win in Zandvoort DTM

Timo Glock has scored his first win of the season at Zandvoort the 4.307 kilometer long circuit in the dunes. Glock scored a dominant win after 37 laps from his fellow BMW drivers Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin. For Glock, it is his fourth DTM race win in his 67th race.

“Three BMWs up front, a dream,” Glock said about the race result.

Fourth and fifth place went to Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green. Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver in seventh. For René Rast, ninth place was enough to take the lead in the DTM drivers’ standings from his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekström.

What looked like an undisputed lights-to-flag victory for Glock, who had started from pole position, was hard work behind the wheel.

“My left front tyre was at the limit very fast. It felt strange and I was really worried whether the tire would last throughout the distance. But eventually, everything went well and I am very happy with the result.”

René Rast scored two points for his ninth-place finish, enough to move ahead of Mattias Ekström in the drivers’ standings with an advantage of one point.

In the second race of the weekend Mike Rockenfeller took the checkered flag in second place after 37 laps but was retroactively declared the winner after Marco Wittmann was disqualified after the race. Wittmann had finished first but in post-race scrutineering of his car, the required minimum amount of fuel was no longer in the tank.

Audi drivers Loïc Duval and Mattias Ekström were promoted as well after the disqualification, giving the brand from Ingolstadt a clean sweep of the podium. For Duval, this is the first podium finish in his twelfth DTM race. Ekström claims back the lead in the DTM drivers’ standings.

At the start of the race Wittmann jumped from second place on the grid to lead and successfully defended his position against Rockenfeller in the closing stages. His first win of the season would also have propelled him to second place in the drivers’ standings.

In the drivers’ standings, Ekström, who still has to score his first win of the season, is 14 points clear of fellow Audi driver René Rast. The latter remained without any points after a retirement on Sunday.

Next to Marco Wittmann, the big loser of the Zandvoort weekend was Mercedes-AMG driver Lucas Auer. The Austrian had started the race as the third-placed in the drivers’ standings from eleventh on the grid. Just before the end, he turned into the pits for an unscheduled stop due to a puncture and lost a lot of time. At the finish, he was only classified 15th. In the race on Saturday, Auer hadn’t scored any points either and he dropped back four places in the drivers’ standings as a result.

The outcome of the race again considerably mixed up the situation in the drivers’ standings: behind Ekström (128 points) and Rast (114 points), Rockenfeller (110 points) is rounding out the trio of Audi drivers up front. With six races remaining prior to the finale at Hockenheim, BMW drivers Timo Glock (104 points) and Maxime Martin (102 points) are also within striking distance, just like Lucas Auer and Jamie Green (both 99 points).

The battle for the 2017 DTM title continues at the Nürburgring in three weeks’ time. From 8 till 10 September, the DTM has its next event in the Eifel.

Race 1 results - Race 2 results

08/21/17

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