BMW's Maxime Martin admits claiming his maiden DTM pole-position and victory this weekend at the Moscow Raceway still hasn't quite sunk in.
The DTM-rookie, already on cloud nine following his qualifying triumph, produced a mighty drive earlier today at the Moscow circuit despite the race, at certain points, seemed almost destined to slip away from his grasp.
Martin had to contend with two safety car periods in quick succession, which eradicated all of the hard earned advantage the RMG-man built over the rest of the field.
The race looked almost certain to be going in the direction of Mike Rockenfeller, with the defending champion having already sacrificed his opening stint on the slower standard tyre, the safety car neutralised the race in Rockenfeller's favour.
Amazingly, however, the Phoenix-driver uncharacteristically passed up the opportunity after clattering into the back of Audi team mate Adrien Tambay to score a rare non-finish, allowing the Belgian off the hook on this occasion.
The former GT-ace admits clinching a drive in the DTM championship for BMW, let alone reaching the top in just the Belgian's fifth attempt, has always been a dream of his.
“I can't quite believe it yet. It is simply incredible,” said the Moscow race-winner. “To drive in the DTM was always a dream of mine. As I have never driven single-seater cars, I never paid much attention to Formula One. Instead, I always wanted to race in this series. And now here I am after five races, with a first pole position and maiden win to my name. Incredible!
“There were two safety car phases in the race and I was really worried that I could lose my leading position because of that. Nevertheless, I managed and I am now overjoyed.
“I would like to thank everyone at BMW Team RMG. The pit stop was awesome and the strategy was spot on. The team and, of course, everyone at BMW Motorsport really did a fantastic job.”
Martin's Moscow success means the 28-year old now leapfrogs to sixth in the standings on 33-points having already obtained his first points two races ago at the Hungaroring.