Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM)

DTM back at Brands Hatch for the first time since 2013.

BMW M Motorsport kicks off the second half of the 2018 DTM season at Brands Hatch. First outing on longer Grand Prix Circuit for German touring car series.

After a short summer break, BMW M Motorsport and the BMW DTM teams now return for the second half of the 2018 DTM season. The DTM is back at Brands Hatch in the south of England for the sixth of its ten race weekends. The iconic circuit in the county of Kent hosted the touring car series between 2006 and 2013. Back then, however, the shorter Indy variant was used, whereas this year’s races will be held on the 3.908-kilometre Grand Prix circuit. Most of the drivers are as yet unfamiliar with this layout, with the exception of BMW drivers Augusto Farfus, who won on the longer circuit in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC), and BMW DTM rookie Philipp Eng, who knows the track from his time in GT racing. BMW raced in the DTM at Brands Hatch in 2012 and 2013, with Bruno Spengler finishing on the podium on both occasions.

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“Brands Hatch is a magical place. It is another old-style circuit and I have a lot of good memories. I can’t wait to get there.”
Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG)

The schedule for Brands Hatch is more compact than at other DTM race weekends with the on-track action being compressed into two days. The cars first take to the track on Saturday morning in two free practice sessions. These are followed by qualifying and then the first of the two races starts at 13:30 local time (14:30 CEST). Sunday, as usual, features the third free practice, second qualifying and, at 13:30 local time, race two. Timo Glock, of BMW Team RMG, is currently the best-placed BMW driver in the overall standings: he lies third with 101 points. His team-mate Marco Wittmann is fourth with 98 points to his name.

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Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“We are really looking forward to the DTM returning to Brands Hatch. We used the short track there in 2012 and 2013 and Bruno Spengler finished on the podium in second place both times. Naturally, it would be great if we could finish one step higher on the podium this time but the long Grand Prix Circuit is new terrain for many. We need to wait and see who can adapt to the conditions the quickest and get the best set-up for the start to the weekend. Brands Hatch is a place with a long history of motorsport. It is great to be able to offer the amazing English fans DTM action once again.”

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Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM)

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG):

“In my rookie year in 2013, Brands Hatch was the second DTM race I ever drove in. Sure, we were on the shorter layout back then, but I finished fourth and so have fond memories of the circuit. I am pleased that the DTM is returning to England and am looking forward to the longer circuit, which I have not yet driven. I hope we will be among the front-runners again there and, in particular, that we can put some pressure on Mercedes.”

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Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR):

“I have only ever driven on the short circuit at Brands Hatch. I am really excited about the longer layout – and the very compact and tight schedule. I am looking forward to driving in England again and hope that we get a lot of English fans at the circuit. We will work hard to ensure that we have another good weekend there.”

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Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR):

“I know the long layout at Brands Hatch from last year, when I drove the BMW M6 GT3 there in the Blancpain GT Series. I won my first race in Formula 2 there in 2003 and added a second win in 2010 – so I know the track well and hope that will help me. Brands Hatch is like a mini Nürburgring-Nordschleife. When you leave the Grand Prix Circuit, you feel as though you are driving on a different track, especially in the woods at the back of the circuit where you need plenty of courage when you come to the fast right-hander at the end of the long straight. There are a lot of blind corners, particularly in the second sector. However, I think it will be great fun for us and the spectators.”

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