Following the sensational triumph achieved by Marco Wittmann (GER), who came from last place on the grid to win Saturday’s race at Misano (ITA), Philipp Eng (AUT) became the second BMW driver of the weekend to make it onto the podium in the Sunday race.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Austrian started race six of the season from ninth place. After an impressive fightback and clever tyre management, he came home second in the ZF BMW M4 DTM.
This was Eng’s third podium result of the year, and the 290thin the history of the touring car series for BMW. In total, four BMW drivers finished in the top ten. Joel Eriksson (SWE) was sixth in the CATL BMW M4 DTM, while Bruno Spengler (CAN) ended the race eighth in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) followed him home in ninth.
Wittmann and Timo Glock (GER) both reached a very special milestone at Misano on Sunday. Both drivers were starting the 100thDTM race of their careers.
The two BMW drivers both made their debut in the touring car series at the opening round of the 2013 season at Hockenheim and have since driven both the BMW M3 DTM and the BMW M4 DTM.
Wittmann has 13 wins, 12 pole positions and two DTM titles to his name. Glock has secured five pole positions and climbed onto the top step of the podium on five times to date.
However, the 100thrace came to a premature end for both Wittmann and Glock. Wittmann crashed out following a collision on lap one, for which he was in no way to blame. Technical issues forced Glock to retire in the JiVS BMW M4 DTM.