The first of two DTM Series races at Zolder in Belgium saw Kiwi driver Liam Lawson knocked out into a sand-trap and out of the race on the opening lap. Having qualified a lowly tenth, Lawson got caught up in a mid-field tangle, not of his making.
“I was trying to get out of the way as the racing was super hard and I just got caught out,” commented Lawson. “We need to check the car and reset for tomorrow.”
From first place on the grid, South African Kelvin van der Linde drove his ABT Audi to his second win of the season following his success at Monza on Sunday. Teammate Mike Rockenfeller finished second, scoring his second podium finish of the year as he kept Alex Albon with the Red Bull Ferrari at bay in an entertaining duel.
Kelvin van der Linde extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 32 points. With a total of 97 points, the South African is leading 19-year-old Liam Lawson (Red Bull Ferrari, AF Corse), who remains on 65 points. Next up is Lausitzring race winner Maximilian Götz (HRT Mercedes AMG) with 54 points.