BMW's Marco Wittmann admits he was 'pretty happy' to emerge from the opening race DTM race of the weekend with a second place finish after outscoring the majority of his rivals at Zandvoort.
The 2014 DTM champion converted his front row grid slot into only his second podium finish of the season after trailing Mercedes' Robert Wickens during the first race.
Wittmann kept Wickens honest for the first third of the race but the implementation of a slow zone through sector one - needed while the marshals recovered Augusto Farfus' stricken BMW - dented his cause.
The Team RMG driver admitted he was unable to switch his tyres on after the slow zone ended, which saw Wittmann drop back into the clutches of Team Mucke's Christian Vietoris.
Wittmann now leads the title race by ten-points ahead of Wickens, who jumped up into second as a result of his first win of the season.
"Second place was important today," Wittmann told Crash.net. "It was a good day for us considering I didn't get a lot of running on Friday so I'm pretty happy.
"We had a pretty good pace at the beginning behind Robert [Wickens]. We struggled after the slow zone. We really struggled to switch the tyres on again. From that point onwards I had to look more in the rear view mirror.
"That's something we've got to analyse why we struggled with tyres in comparison to Robert and Mercedes. It made life harder having to defend so I did everything I could to bring it home."