The fourth race weekend of the 2018 DTM season is the home race for BMW: the race will take place at the Norisring in Nuremberg, only 160 kilometres from the home of BMW in Munich.
Races seven and eight will take place on Saturday and Sunday (23rd/24th June) at the only street circuit on the calendar. BMW driver Timo Glock heads the DTM standings before the races in “Franconian Monaco”. With six races completed, Glock has scored 90 points. The local hero of the Norisring, Marco Wittmann is in fifth place overall with 51 points, having claimed his first win of the season in Budapest on the previous race weekend.
“I hope that we are as competitive as we were last year. It is always a very special race that has earned the moniker of ‘Monaco of the DTM.’”
Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM)
The 2.3-kilometre Norisring is a temporary street circuit around the Nuremberg Dutzendteich. BMW fans had every reason to celebrate there last year: in Saturday’s race, Bruno Spengler claimed the first Norisring win for BMW in 25 years. This result was also the 25th win since the DTM comeback in 2012. Maxime Martin completed the one-two result by finishing in second place. Martin then won Sunday’s race. This was another milestone: the 75th win for BMW in the history of the DTM.
“It is non-stop for us: right after Le Mans, we are now headed for a real highlight in the DTM. It is not just the fact that this is our Bavarian home race that makes this event something special. The Norisring is a unique circuit and the atmosphere there is just sensational. Of course, we do have happy memories of last year’s historic successes there. It would be perfect if we could repeat that this weekend. However, the season so far has shown that anything is possible in this competitive field. There will be large numbers of fans at the Norisring and they can look forward to some thrilling racing. We hope that some semblance of normality will return to the DTM, following the serious incidents in the pit lane at the Hungaroring.”
Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG):
“Of course I have great expectations. It feels good to be coming off a win ahead of the race at the Norisring. I am really looking forward to the weekend and I am probably the only driver who has a real home race, living so close to the track. Knowing that all the fans, the fan club, my family and friends will be there really spurs me on. However, I still have a score to settle with the Norisring and the podium there. It was a close-run thing last year and I am hoping that I will be able to reach the podium this time around.”
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