Last weekend's Zolder round had the air of a different event by DTM standards. Series boss Gerhard Berger even used it as a comparison to newer tracks that he felt had lost the motorsport "smell" - the character that makes circuits legendary.
Considering Zolder is sometimes referred to as the 'other Belgian circuit' - a name quite different to Zolder's own choice of 'funfastic' - that attitude might seem a bit grandiose. But by the end of the weekend, Zolder showed had itself to be a key part of the jigsaw Berger is building as he aims to take a traditionally Germanic series into the international spotlight.
After an absence of 17 years, it's easy to forget that Zolder was historically crucial to the DTM, as it hosted the series' first-ever race when it ran as the German production car championship in 1984.