DTM podium for Lawson at Zolder round

| Photographer Credit: Red Bull Media

After struggling in both qualifying sessions and being knocked off the track on the opening lap of the first race on Saturday, Liam Lawson has bounced back and finished on the podium at the latest DTM SEries round at the Zolder Circuit in Belgium.

Marco Wittmann won the sixth race of the DTM season on Sunday from pole position in front of Maximilian Götz in the HRT-Mercedes-AMG and Liam Lawson in the Red Bull-Ferrari. For Wittmann and BMW it is the first win of the season, and for his Walkenhorst team it is even the first ever victory in the DTM.

With the triumph in Zolder, Wittmann also made a big leap in the overall standings and is now in fourth place, directly ahead of Lawson’s team mate, Alex Albon (AlphaTauri-Ferrari), In the lead is still Kelvin van der Linde (ABT-Audi), who finished eighth on Sunday. With 101 points, the South African is 21 points ahead of Lawson, followed by Götz with 72 points.

“I’m really happy for the points,” commented Lawson. “After yesterday’s race, which was really disappointing, I’m happy to be on the podium and take some points back to Kelvin (van der Linde) who is in the lead because we definitely lost some points this weekend which is not ideal.

“I’m a little disappointed as we were fighting for the lead coming out of the pits and missed some pace in that first stint. However, happy to be on the podium with plenty of rounds left so good to have got some points today.”

The next race weekend is scheduled from 20-22 August at the Nürburgring.

See also: Lawson luckless in opening DTM Series race at Zolder

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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