The DTM at Zandvoort: Racing with beach flair

DTM makes its stop at Zandvoort, Netherlands, the fourth race meeting of the 2015 DTM season.

Usually, it’s a true dilemma, on a hot mid-summer weekend: should you go swimming or attend a thrilling motor-racing event. This weekend, however, you can have it all: from 10th to 12th July, when DTM makes its stop at Zandvoort, Netherlands, the refreshing North Sea waves are just a stone’s throw away from the unique 4.307-kilometre dune circuit with its challenging and versatile track layout. The fourth race meeting of the 2015 DTM season will make for a very special atmosphere no motor-racing enthusiast should miss out on.

And as usual, this year, the DTM back-to-back races will make for the extra dose of action. Both on Saturday and Sunday, the 24 drivers racing for Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will contest a qualifying session and a race and this does not only mean more track time for the drivers – first of all, the fans are the ones benefiting from the new format.

One of the season highlights

For many fans, the unique mix of race action and beach feeling turns the DTM meeting at Zandvoort into one of the true season highlights. And the drivers of the most popular international touring-car series already look forward to racing at the special circuit located in the western part of the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, the situation in the drivers’ championship is extremely close, with six races contested. Should Jamie Green mull the Saturday race, four drivers theoretically could steel his championship lead as early as in the first round of the weekend. His currently toughest rival, 11 points behind, is Audi’s experienced ace Mattias Ekström, with Pascal Wehrlein, the best Mercedes-Benz driver, following close behind. BMW, however, currently aren’t a factor in the battle for the title, with Bruno Spengler in ninth position being the best-placed BMW driver.

The reigning champions have to focus on trying to close the gap to their competitors from Ingolstadt and Stuttgart. In consideration of this fact, Spengler’s third place on the Sunday race of the Norisring weekend represented an important step in the right direction. Therefore, it will be even more exciting to find out how the balance of power will turn out to be at Zandvoort.

The Zandvoort meeting will be kicked off on Friday, 10th July.

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Series DTM
Event Zandvoort
Track Zandvoort
Drivers Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Jamie Green , Pascal Wehrlein
Article type Preview
Tags audi, bmw, mercedes-benz