Blomqvist 16th overnight, while Robert Wickens takes Zandvoort win

Tom Blomqvist finished 16th overnight at the DTM series' opening race at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, though is hasn't cost the factory BMW driver any positions in the championship.


Following on from one of his strongest weekends in DTM at the Norisring, Blomqvist struggled in first qualifying — resulting in a 21st-place starting position. 


But in the race, the Kiwi was able to make solid progress through the order to finish 16, though the progress wasn't enough to get into a point-scoring position. Still, Blomqvist maintains eighth place in the championship standings.


An incident at the start of race between Martin Tomczyk, Adrien Tambay, and Maximilian Gotz helped his progress. Tambay had made a poor launch off the start line, and was then collected by Gotz after he and Tomczyk had made contact. Tambay and Gotz were immediately sidelined from the race, while Tomczyk incurred a penalty for his involvement. BMW's Augusto Farfus also failed to finish the race, after crashing out of the race in a separate incident.


At the front Mercedes-Benz pilot Robert Wickens was a dominant winner, eventually taking the chequered flag by more than seven seconds over Marco Wittman, Christian Vietoris, Gary Paffett, and the fifth-placed Jamie Green.


Photo: BMW Motorsport



1. Robert Wickens
2. Marco Wittman
3. Christian Vietoris
4. Gary Paffett
5. Jamie Green
6. Antonio Felix da Costa
7. Mattias Ekstrom

8. Daniel Juncadella 

9. Esteban Ocon

10. Maxime Martin