Kreim-Time in the Lausitz

 In a spectacular second race of the weekend in the BMW M2 Cup, Fabian Kreim (#43) took victory and completed a perfect weekend in the Lausitz. With Kreim dictating the pace from the front, there was plenty of battling for the positions further behind and a number of penalties switching up the race order. Robert Hefler (#53) from Hungary and the Italian Diego Stifter (#25) finished on the podium in second and third respectively, in somewhat of a surprise.

At the start of the race and in the early stages it appeared as if the leading trio from the first race, Kreim, Tom Nittel (#7) and Maxime Oosten (#54) would be standing on the podium again. Both Nittel and Oosten made solid starts and fought for second position as they did in race one, this time with Nittel ahead. However, the German and the Dutchman were demoted down the field after receiving penalties.

Maxime Oosten was given a drive-through penalty after a collision with Leonard Hoogenboom (#27). Hoogenboom, who was the quickest driver in the field at times, completed a courageous overtake at the high-speed turn one to take third position. However, he wasn’t ahead for long, after Oosten caused him to spin and then retire from the race. Hoogenboom’s BMW M2 CS Racing was left stranded on the circuit, which brought out the safety car on lap 15. Once the safety car returned to the pits, the drivers were left with a two-lap sprint to the finish.

“It was really crazy,” said the 22-year-old Hungarian Robert Hefler, delighted with his second place. “Of course the safety car helped me a little, as I had an awful start and found myself back in 12th position. But then I pushed as hard as I could and fought my way back through the field. I had really good race pace today.”

Diego Stifter was in an even better mood. Not only is the Italian the youngest driver in the BMW M2 Cup, he was also the best rookie in race two. Stifter wasn’t the only new driver to enjoy success at the Lausitzring: Michal Makeš improved to fourth position, while Sean Fuster finished in fifth.

The third race of the BMW M2 Cup at the Norisring takes place on Saturday 2 July. The weekend at the street circuit in Nuremberg is also BMW’s home race.

 Diego Stifter | 3rd place, race 2
„I had an incredible start and was able to rise to seventh position. I found a good rhythm and managed to put together some quick lap times. Thanks to the penalties I was able to finish on the podium. I would like to thank my sponsors, my family and the whole team who made this podium finish possible.r