Mike Rockenfeller had to admit defeat to Marco Wittmann by only 0.807 seconds in a race that remained a thriller up until the end. On his favorite track, the 2013 DTM Champion improved from sixth to second place at the start and, like Wittmann, pitted later than most of the competitors. On the tire-killing track at Zandvoort, this strategy proved to be the right choice on Sunday.
After his pit stop on lap 13, Rockenfeller soon closed the gap to the leading Wittmann but was not able to overtake him. “Like yesterday, I was stuck in the transmission of a BMW and was hoping for Marco to make a mistake or for his tires to degrade more than mine. But that wasn’t the case,” said Rocky. “When you start from position six, a second place is superb. Inheriting a victory retroactively is not the same as clinching one on the race track. But the rules are like this and, obviously, I don’t mind taking home the additional points. For the team it’s fantastic that Loïc (Duval) finished on podium as well.”
The French DTM rookie showed a strong performance throughout the weekend. After having been the fastest driver in the DTM for the first time in the morning’s free practice, he advanced in the race from position 13 on the grid to third place and set the fastest lap as well. Clinching his first points and first podium were the deserved reward. Position three retroactively even became second place.