The second BMW M2 Cup race on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps couldn’t have been more enthralling. Close duels, collisions and fantastic overtaking manoeuvres characterized the one-make trophy season‘s eighth race. Fabian Kreim, spared from all obstacles, emerged as the beaming winner and reclaimed the standings lead.
“I’m really happy with the race. Leading the standings again is a gigantic feeling. These were very important points we got today”, said Kreim (#43) after his third victory of the season. „At first, moving to the front was a really tough battle, but after the leaders‘ collision it was important to control the race.“
Jumping to the lead was made possible by the duel between Maxime Oosten (#54) and Bart Horsten (#50). Initially, Oosten led the field and Horsten attempted repeatedly to overtake the previous day‘s leader. The decisive collision occurred during lap six, when Horsten had to retire and Oosten suffered a dramatic position loss.
Kreim wasn’t the only one to gain from the incident, the Hungarian Robert Hefler (#53) could maintain second position thanks to his fast pace and secured his first podium of the season. “In the beginning, I held back a bit because it was a tight fit up front. This was definitely the right decision in the end. I went flat out but had no chance of overtaking Fabian”, the 22-year-old later explained.
Right behind him, Michal Makeš (#47) and Marc David Müller (#22) fought with their teeth for the last spot on the rostrum. After lots of contacts and touches, Makeš finally prevailed and also clinched his first cup podium as well as the lead in the rookie standings. Especially bitter for Müller – Lorenz Stegmann (#99) flew ahead in the last metres and grabbed the overall fourth. Oosten cut his losses and finished in eighth place.
The BMW M2 Cup as part of the DTM programme continues to the Red Bull Ring. In Spielberg, Austria, the season’s second-to-last race weekend is scheduled for 23 to 25 September.