Robert Kubica finished third in the second race of the weekend of DTM in Zolder 2, in which René Rast he was the winner.
The Pole has gone through a difficult rookie season in the touring car series, taking 10th place (Assen 1) as the best result before this weekend with BMW Team ART. He even dropped out on Saturday at the Belgian circuit.
However, it all worked out in Kubica’s favor in the Sunday race, which in part became a survival test, in which ten of the 16 participating cars finished.
After starting in 10th, he was already sixth in the second lap, benefiting from an accident between Jonathan Aberdein, Fabio Scherer y Robin Frijns that generated the appearance of the Security Car.
After what Philipp Eng and Lucas Auer starred in another incident, causing a new neutralization, Kubica was the one who extended his first turn the most, reaching the lead by four laps and stopping at lap 18 of the 38 agreed.
Crashes, safety cars, a loss-making battle: The @DTM race at Zolder was a spectacle with a surprising result.
BMW privateer driver Robert Kubica celebrates his first DTM podium success. That was mega!
— BMW Motorsport (@BMWMotorsport) October 18, 2020
After leaving pits in fourth, the former F1 benefited from the problems that Ferdinand of Habsburg he suffered in the second half of the round, making the pass at the end of the 27th lap.
Gallery: Kiki Bertens leaves the track in a wheelchair (Adrenaline)
By staying far away from the train that was following him, which led Timo Glock, Kubica secured the third step of the podium, being his first in DTM.
Rast, who was a persecutor of Nico Mueller In the championship, he tied his fourth consecutive victory and sixth of the year, thus extending his lead in the lead to 19 units with two competitions to be contested.
The German fought with Habsburg, who started in the PP and led the initial part of the route, although the strategy favored him, by stopping one lap after the Austrian and doing the undercut effectively.
Ultimately, he built an advantage of up to 14.5s over Mueller, who opened the year with three wins and two second places in the first five rounds, leading to a 47-point lead over Rast for the middle of the tournament.
However, the current two-time series champion has been on the podium in the last eight rounds, something the Swiss has only been able to do four times.
A ninth place on Zolder’s Sunday Sunday, along with a sixth place on Saturday’s date, caused him to lose ground. In the second heat, he came in second.
The accident of Frijns, who also managed to lead the tournament, puts him virtually out of the fight for the title, as his deficit against Rast was extended to 41 points with 56 available.
The DTM final will be at the Hockenheimring on November 7 and 8.