Sheldon van der Linde ( RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) took the primary DTM win of his profession and the primary DTM victory for a South African in Sunday’s race at Assen (NED). The BMW Team RBM driver made excellent use of the rain and the troublesome observe circumstances and, due to a flawless drive and an ideal crew technique, moved up from 14th on the grid to P1.
Timo Glock (GER, iQOO BMW M4 DTM), Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) additionally did nicely within the circumstances and completed within the high ten.
After a dry qualifying session, heavy rain set in shortly earlier than the race acquired underway. The rain eased off steadily within the first half of the race and Glock specifically set off on a unprecedented race to realize positions with robust overtaking manoeuvres in that preliminary stage which noticed him transfer up into second place. Van der Linde made his obligatory pit cease early and afterwards had a transparent run which noticed him transfer up into the lead after his rivals made later pit stops.
An accident and heavy rain setting in once more interrupted the race quickly. On the restart, van der Linde held on to his top-spot commandingly and introduced the win house. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM) was the best qualifying BMW driver in sixth, however was unable to maintain up with the tempo at the entrance within the rain and ended up ending in 13th place.
The fifth race weekend of the DTM season is that this coming weekend, at the Nürburgring (GER).