The Netherlands are a happy hunting ground for Mike Rockenfeller. The Audi driver won race ten of the 2019 DTM season on Sunday in Assen, ending a long barren spell in the process. The last time the 35-year-old tasted success in arguably the most popular international touring car series was back in 2017, when he triumphed in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. It was at the same venue on the north coast of Holland that Rockenfeller claimed the first victory of his DTM career in 2011. Unlike Saturday´s wet race, the Sunday race in Assen was held in dry conditions. With a track temperature of 30 degrees and some long stints, the running surface of the Hankook race tyre in particular was put under great strain. Despite the high demands placed on the tyre, the Ventus Race still allowed the first three drivers to follow a one-stop strategy on their way to success.
Marco Wittmann won Saturday´s DTM debut in Assen, Netherlands. The BMW driver held his nerve in the rain to cross the finish line with a 3.137-second lead after 31 laps of racing. René Rast (Audi) came home third to defend his lead in the overall standings, ensuring he tops the Drivers´ Championship at the halfway point of the season in what is arguably the most popular international touring car series. With rain falling in the early stages, the teams opted for the wet-weather tyre of premium tyre maker Hankook, which impressed with its usual high level of grip both on a very wet surface and as the track started to dry out towards the end of the race.