Zandvoort DTM: Glock holds off Wittmann for victory

Timo Glock scored his first win of the 2017 DTM season in Saturday's first race at Zandvoort, narrowly holding off BMW teammate Marco Wittmann and leading a podium sweep for the Bavarian marque.

Zandvoort DTM: Glock holds off Wittmann for victory
Podium: winner Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM, second place Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM, third place Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Podium: winner Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM, second place Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM, third place Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
Race winner Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Start: Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM leads
Polesitter Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM

After leading an all-BMW top four in qualifying, Glock made a strong getaway from pole to hold an early lead ahead of stablemates Wittmann, Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus.

The top three soon began to pull clear of the rest as Farfus acted as tail gunner for the lead trio, the Brazilian frustrating the advances of lead Audi driver Rene Rast.

That was how the order up front stayed until the leaders pitted, with Wittmann and Martin coming into change tyres on lap 7, followed by Glock a lap later and Farfus another lap after that.

Rast therefore inherited the lead ahead of Audi teammate Loic Duval, the pair both choosing to leave their stops until much later in the race, on laps 18 and 27 respectively.

Last to pit was BMW driver Bruno Spengler two laps after Duval, at which point Glock resumed the lead narrowly ahead of Wittmann, Martin and Mike Rockenfeller, who had stopped on the opening lap.

Rockenfeller was unable to break the BMW monopoly on the top three positions after spending many laps bottled up behind Martin, and let Audi stablemate Jamie Green through late on.

But Green similarly couldn't make an impression on the BMWs, and ended up giving the place back to Rockenfeller on the last lap as Glock took the chequered flag from Wittmann and Martin.

Sixth went to Farfus, followed by top Mercedes driver Paul di Resta, who spent many laps holding up Rast after the German made his pitstop.

Having passed Gary Paffett's Mercedes on fresh tyres, Rast dropped back behind the Briton and into ninth due to a late mistake.

Another Audi driver, Nico Muller staved off a late assault by Mercedes pair Robert Wickens and Edoardo Mortara to secure the final point in 10th.

Duval, who was hit by a five-second penalty for jumping the start, could do no more than 13th.

Mercedes title contender Lucas Auer was 15th after running off track in the early stages, coming home one place ahead of Maro Engel, who ran into the gravel on the opening lap.

Mattias Ekstrom was another driver to find the gravel, doing so at Tarzan after an early stop before spinning, and eventually retired with a handful of laps to go after getting a puncture.

BMW driver Tom Blomqvist, who joined Rockenfeller by pitting on the first tour, also retired in the pits.

Glock's victory promotes him to fourth in the championship on 98 points, 16 behind new leader Rast, who is now one ahead of Ekstrom.

Race results:

Pos.DriverCarTime/Gap
1 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 57'18.491
2 germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM 0.178
3 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 0.840
4 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 2.530
5 united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 3.164
6 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 4.173
7 united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 4.771
8 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 5.382
9 germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM 5.911
10 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 6.278
11 canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 6.734
12 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 7.929
13 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 13.880
14 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 21.214
15 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 27.053
16 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 52.140
17 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM -
18 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM -
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