Kreim takes first victory of the new season

Fabian Kreim (#43) was the clear victor at the first race of the 2022 BMW M2 Cup season. The young German carried forward his impressive qualifying performance into the race to take his second win in his BMW M2 Cup career. Not only that, Kreim also secured the maximum amount of points with the race win, fastest lap and pole position. Maxime Oosten and Tom Nittel rounded out the top three.

The first race of the season offered up plenty of close racing at the Lausitzring. Fabian Kreim controlled the race from the front, but behind him there was action up and down the field.

Behind Kreim, Tom Nittel (#7) was able to benefit from a perfect start and move up from fourth to second in the first lap. Dutchman Maxime Oosten (#54) had a less-than-perfect start from second on the grid. “I got away poorly,” Oosten said, “but fortunately I was able to get in the slipstream of the cars in front, position myself well and retake second before the end of the first lap. All in all I am very happy with the result.”

One reason for Oosten’s satisfaction was his ability to defend second place from Tom Nittel behind. Despite finishing third, Nittel was still happy with the final result: “I began the race really well and was able to make up two positions, but then I ran a little wide at the exit of the final turn and Maxime Oosten came past me. After that it was a tough battle with Maxime, who didn’t make any mistakes and barely gave me any chance.”

The battle for positions four to nine was just as hard-fought throughout the race. In the middle of the action were some BMW M2 Cup rookies: Michal Makeš was the best-placed rookie in fifth position, with the Czech finishing ahead of Bart Horsten and Lorenz Stegmann, who were also completing their first race in the BMW M2 CS Racing. As a result, Michal Makeš is now leading the rookie classification ahead of Horsten and Stegmann.

The second BMW M2 Cup race takes place on Sunday at 11:15 am. Fans can follow all the action in English and German on the official website (bmwm2cup.com).

Fabian Kreim | 1st place, race 1
„I don’t know what to say. What an unbelievable feeling! I could barely be any happier. I would like to say a huge thanks to the BMW M2 Cup team and particularly to my mechanics, who gave a perfect set-up. I’ll be looking to carry this momentum into tomorrow.“

Jörg Michaelis | series manager
„We couldn’t have wished for a better start to the new season. We saw a really close qualifying session on Friday, and the drivers continued that on Saturday. There was plenty of hard but fair racing with an outstanding level of driving – swapping paint but without causing any major damage. It was a season-opener of the highest quality. Thanks to Björn Wiegard and our team of mechanics, who prepared a fleet of perfectly prepared cars.“