Eng had to work ‘extremely hard’ for Zolder race two podium

Eng had to work ‘extremely hard’ for Zolder race two podium

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BMW Team RMR driver Philipp Eng rounded off a strong weekend at Zolder by finishing race two in second place, adding to his maiden DTM win on Saturday.

However, Eng revealed that it was not a straightforward race.

After making a good start, the BMW driver jumped the front row starting Audi Sport Team Rosberg driver René Rast, who eventually won the race.

A mistake in the second corner attempting to pass pole sitter BMW Team RBM’s Sheldon van der Linde dropped him behind Rast, where he would stay for the rest of the race.

“I had a very good start, I think I was already ahead of René,” the Austrian explained, “and then in turn two I pushed a little bit too much.

“I thought I could go round the outside of Sheldon, he’s young but very experienced so he defended well.

“The lock up was fully my mistake.”

After running wide the BMW driver was shuffled down the order, running in fifth before he made his mandatory stop on lap eight.

The Austrian was able to make use of his fresh Hankook tyres to be the fastest on track, allowing him to move up the order before the safety car was called out for the stranded Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Robin Frijns.

“We did a good stop and when the safety car came out I said ok this is my chance to make up one or two more places.

“I was able to make up one place, but to be honest this was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done.

“I had to work extremely hard for it. I had to look in my mirrors because the train was right behind me.”

Eng now leads the championship with 59 points, five ahead of Rast, but the BMW driver is not complacent.

“It’s a nice situation at the moment, but it doesn’t mean anything.

“It just proves we did a decent job in the first two events, and we just have to keep on working and pushing.”