BMW ahead of Ford and Mercedes-Benz – the finish line for the eighth race of the season in the DTM Classic Cup was the same as Saturday’s race, but the winner was different.
Yannik Trautwein scored a hard-fought victory on the rollercoaster of the Ardennes at Spa-Francorchamps. In the BMW E36 320is from the Schnitzer Motorsport Classic team, the 23-year-old celebrated his second victory after the opening race at the Lausitzring.
After an incredible battle with Trautwein, Ronny Scheer led his Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 across the finish line in second place, just as in Saturday’s race, Dutchman Koppejan was third again in a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 Evo. The three brands BMW, Ford and Mercedes-Benz, which had formed the DTM in the late 1980s, were once again represented on the podium.
The 7.004km long Grand Prix circuit at Spa-Francorchamps made it easier for the drivers on Sunday than in the wet race on Saturday. On the other hand, the fun factor on the track with its 19 corners was much higher. Trautwein, Scheer and Koppejan had already taken the top three positions in qualifying, followed by Saturday’s winner Marc Hessel, who had briefly taken over the cockpit of the BMW E30 320is from DTM legend Prince Leopold of Bavaria.
From the beginning, an entertaining interaction developed between Trautwein and Scheer for the lead role. Scheer overtook Trautwein in the first few meters, who managed to tackle the outside line at the “La Source” hairpin, then was overtaken by Scheer again on the legendary “Eau Rouge” approach.
The Dresdener makes full use of the Sierra Cosworth’s more than 500 turbo hp on the straights, while Trautwein plays with the suspension characteristics of the old STW-BMW in the corners. This interesting little game lasted until the checkered flag, and Trautwein had to do everything possible to squeeze the Ford on the outside again at “Blanchimont” on the final lap to take the win ahead of Scheer.
Koppejan had to defend his third place against Marc Hessel over the entire distance, but the former BMW junior winner and DTM third winner from 1987 was unable to pass and had to settle for fourth place on Sunday. Behind Audi driver Thomas Wandel in fifth place, the BMW quintet of Moritz Horn, Mark Verhaegh, René Ruch, Jürgen Adi Schumann and Reinier van Abbe completed the top ten.
In the final of the DTM Classic Cup with touring cars from the years 1984 to 2007, especially from the DTM, which will take place at the Hockenheimring from October 7 to 9, two-time DTM runner-up Olaf Manthey starts on a BMW. 635 CSi as the favorite for the title.