Maximum success for Maxime
2014 most definitely was the race weekend of BMW’s Maxime Martin. He couldn’t have delivered better, at the Moscow Raceway. In his only fifth DTM race, the Belgian secured his first pole position, defended his pole position in the start and when he crossed the finish line he still held the lead.
“I never had expected this success,” he said after having defeated fellow BMW driver Bruno Spengler and Audi’s Mattias Ekström. Meanwhile, finishing fourth was enough for BMW driver Marco Wittmann to extend his championship lead. At the same time, another rookie also made it to the headlines, in Russia. Audi’s Nico Müller surprisingly qualified third and finished fifth in the race. The best race result for the DTM newcomer from Switzerland. Meanwhile, the winner of the debut race in 2013 encountered a disastrous race: on lap 28, Mike Rockenfeller caused a collision with fellow Audi driver Adrian Tambay that made an end to the race for both of them. ‘Rocky’ climbed behind the barriers, collapsed and disappointedly covered his face with his hands. Later he apologised and said that his tyres arguably hadn’t been warm enough and possibly locked, therefore.