DTMZandvoort

Podium finish on home ground.

Marco Wittmann claimed pole position and a podium finish at the Nürburgring on Sunday – and closed the gap to the leading pack in the drivers’ championship.
The 78,000 spectators here at the Nürburgring experienced two unbelievably intensive races. We cannot be happy with the outcome and we missed out on too many points.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt

Marco Wittmann claimed pole position and a podium finish at the Nürburgring on Sunday – and closed the gap to the leading pack in the drivers’ championship. Thanks to his first pole position this season and the 15 points for third place in the race, the reigning DTM champion is in fourth place after 14 of 18 races. Bruno Spengler put on a great chasing performance in Sunday’s race and finished fourth, just behind Wittmann. In a tight finish, Timo Glock, Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist also scored points by finishing in eighth, ninth and tenth positions respectively. Maxime Martin crossed the line in eleventh place.

The Qualifying

The qualifying session for Sunday’s race took place in dry conditions and cool temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius. Marco Wittmann (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) is the best-performing DTM driver, recording a best time of 1:20.936. He is rewarded with three points in the drivers’ championship and starts from pole position for the ninth time in his DTM career. This is the 63rd DTM pole position for BMW, and the seventh of the current season. Four more BMW drivers make it into the top 10 in qualifying. Tom Blomqvist (BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM), Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM), Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) are in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth places respectively. Maxime Martin starts the race from twelfth place in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM.

The race

Marco Wittmann starts the race from pole position, but is second best in the acceleration stakes for the first turn and loses out to Paul di Resta (Mercedes), moving into second place. Maxime Martin makes a jump start and receives a drive-through penalty. After a few laps, Wittmann puts the pressure on di Resta and recovers the lead. He stays out in front after his pit-stop but the cold tyres mean that he has to let Robert Wickens (Mercedes) pass. Spengler delays his mandatory pit-stop until the 25th lap and leads the race until that point. Timo Glock collides with Nico Müller (Audi) and damages the front of his DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM. However, he is able to continue. In the final stages of the race, Wittmann has to let di Resta by once again and crosses the line in third place, just ahead of Spengler. Victory goes to Wickens. Glock, Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist finish in eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively. Martin crosses the line in eleventh position.

The reactions

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “The 78,000 spectators here at the Nürburgring experienced two unbelievably intensive races. We cannot be happy with the outcome and we missed out on too many points. Our strategy was not ideal on Saturday, which meant that we were not involved in the battle for the win. We saw a tough fight out on the track on Sunday too. Marco Wittmann probably could not have done better than third place today. He damaged the front of the car trying to overtake Robert Wickens and struggled with understeer afterwards. We got five BMWs in the top 10 and scored some good points. Overall it was a hard race - sometimes too hard. We now need to concentrate fully on Spielberg. We will carry on pushing.”

 

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “Overall, we had hoped to get more out of our home race weekend. The podium for Marco Wittmann was a nice finish today but we are disappointed overall. We were unlucky on Saturday when the rain turned everything into a lottery and we could have done better today. Nonetheless, a big thank you is due to my team, who kept on fighting to the end as usual.”

 

Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 1st place, race result: 3rd place – 70 races, 8 wins, 18 podiums, 8 pole positions, 616 points, 2 drivers’ titles): “We had a good first stint. Just before the pit stop, I was able to overtake Robert Wickens, move back into first place and extend my lead. I felt pretty good in the car. After the stop, I was behind him again. I started to try and overtake in turn one, but we touched. My car was damaged and I had some graining on the front tyres. I wasn’t able to maintain the pace. It is a bit disappointing to finish third after starting from pole position. But at the end of the day, we scored some important points.”

 

Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 7th place, race result: 9th place – 80 races, 4 wins, 12 podiums, 6 pole positions, 368 points): “That was a strange race. We did our job but we couldn’t match the pace of Mercedes. We finished the weekend with just a few points. It is a shame as it could have been more. But that’s the way it is sometimes. We’ll continue to give our all and go back on the attack.”

 

Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 6th place, race result: 8th place – 70 races, 4 wins, 8 podiums, 3 pole positions, 317 points): “Just like yesterday, it wasn’t our day today. I had some clutch problems at the start. Then I ended up on the wrong side in turn two and lost some places on the outside. My race speed after that was actually very good and I was able to battle back. Then, it seemed to me that Nico Müller braked too early before the chicane. I was not able to react in time and drove into his rear end. That really damaged the front of my car and I was lucky to be able to finish the race and score a few points.”

 

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM): “Bruno Spengler drove a very good race today. His strategy with the late pit-stop worked well and he had very good pace. Tom Blomqvist did a good job, battled hard and scored a point. It was not a great weekend for Maxime Martin. The fact that he nearly made it into the points after a penalty for a jump start shows that he drove a fantastic race. But if you want to reach the podium in the DTM, everything has to be perfect. And this weekend, it was not perfect for us.” 

 

Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 9th place, race result: 4th place – 153 races, 15 wins, 48 podiums, 18 pole positions, 820 points, 1 drivers’ title): “The team strategy today was outstanding. Tactically, we all did a great job. The car was fantastic in the race. I was able to move up from ninth place to fourth. I am delighted for the whole team. The lads have earned it.”

 

Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid position: 5th place, race result: 10th place – 50 races, 1 win, 5 podiums, 2 pole positions, 193 points): “It was a big battle, right from the word go. The start was OK and I came into the pits early. My car was OK and there was a lot of action on the track. There was only one thing going on: fighting, fighting, fighting. At least I managed to score a point. I am sure it was a great race for the fans to watch.”

 

Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 12th place, race result: 11th place – 60 races, 3 wins, 10 podiums, 3 pole positions, 333 points): “A jump start meant that I got a drive-through penalty that knocked me back a long way. After that, I just drove my own race. At the end, I was suddenly involved in the battle for points again. I gave my all but it wasn’t quite enough.”