HWA's Robert Wickens was at a loss to explain how his cruel late race puncture originated at Zandvoort but says he isn't stressing over the incident which cost him a sure DTM podium.

The Mercedes driver - who comfortably won the opening race - was running second behind Audi's Jamie Green before falling off the track with less than five-laps to go.

Wickens said he felt something out of ordinary heading into the first corner but didn't leave the circuit until turn seven.

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The Canadian was able to recover back to the pits for a replacement front left tyre but his Mercedes stablemate Christian Vietoris - who also suffered the same plight - wasn't as lucky and retired from the race.

"I definitely imagined a different ending to the day," Wickens told Crash.net. "Especially getting down to the final ten minutes of the race and having two team mates behind me, I was in a good position to bring a strong result home for the team.

"What baffles me is I didn't even have an understeering balance and yet the left front tyre failed. I don't know what happened, it just suddenly failed going into turn one and it was a slow puncture.

"It started at the beginning of that lap and I felt something for sure, so I immediately came on the radio. It finally went completely flat at turn seven - shit happens."

Nevertheless, Wickens still remains within 22-points of BMW's Marco Wittmann at the top of the championship despite losing a gargantuan chunk of points during the past two race weekends.

"We put the Norisring drama behind us, came here and won on Saturday. We put ourselves in a position to score another podium on Sunday, so to leave empty handed is hard but we're more motivated and it's not going to knock us down," Wickens continued.

"I could have left joint leader of the championship but now I'm P4.

"But there's still a lot of races and points left on the table and Marco [Wittmann] is bound to have a bad race.

"I can't stress about things that are out of my control. I did what I could. The team did a great job to put ourselves in a great position but that's life, that's motorsport."