Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS driver Daniel Juncadella converted pole position to win at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Britain on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Spanish driver finished eight seconds clear of Brands Hatch expert Augusto Farfus, and he moved into the top ten in the drivers’ championship as a result.
Juncadella stated that the win was the highlight of his racing career, in a campaign where a mountain biking accident ahead of the first race threatened to derail his entire season.
“When I broke my collar bone in a mountainbike accident, I didn’t expect to actually be racing in the DTM again this year. After all, Mercedes-AMG has a replacement driver with Christian Viertoris, so it would have been easy to let me take a break,” Juncadella said on DTM's official website.
This season, he is ticking one box after another on his to-do list. At the Norisring, he scored his maiden pole position. Third place in the subsequent race was his maiden podium finish. Now, at the circuit south-east of London, the second pole and the maiden win followed.
“I had four difficult years in the DTM. That really got to me more and more. This year, I made a fresh start in the DTM. I am not a rookie anymore. But I am not a different driver either. I haven’t changed my style. That shows how important mental strength is,” Juncadella said.
At the start, René Rast and Lucas Auer immediately overtook him. “I have raced five times here and was on pole three times. And I never had a good start. That is a bit of a shame. That was also in the back of my mind. Tomorrow, I have to do that better.”
The next 2018 DTM event will take place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy on the weekend of 24-26 August. The event will be televised on Fox Sports.