DTM Brands Hatch

WITTMANN CLAIMS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON.

WITTMANN CLAIMS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON.

Wittmann claims fourth win of the season.

QUICK FACTS.

DTM BRANDS HATCH.

  • 01 Saturday: Pole position and victory earn Marco Wittmann 28 points in the Drivers’ Championship.
  • 02 Saturday: Philipp Eng (sixth place) and Sheldon van der Linde (eighth) also finish in the points.
  • 03 Sunday: Eng comes through from ninth to fifth, thanks to strong race pace and a good strategy.
  • 04 Sunday: van der Linde and Wittmann also pick up points in the Drivers’ Championship.

SATURDAY.

Marco Wittmann claims his fourth win of the season for BMW at Brands Hatch.

Fourth pole position of the season, followed by win number four: Marco Wittmann backed up his outstanding performances at Assen in Saturday’s race at Brands Hatch, where he guided the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM to the sixth victory of the season for BMW M Motorsport. Wittmann made up ground on the leaders in the Drivers’ Championship, thanks to a 28-point haul. Third-placed Wittmann now has 146 points to his name, 32 fewer than championship leader René Rast (Audi), who followed him home in second place.
 

As well as Wittmann, Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) also finished in the points in sixth and eighth places respectively. Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (JiVS BMW M4 DTM) came home 12th and 13th. Glock was involved in a collision – through no fault of his own – at the start with Daniel Juncadella and Jake Dennis (Aston Martin), which resulted in him dropping to the back of the field.
 

Joel Eriksson was unable to start the race, due to a technical issue with the CATL BMW M4 DTM. The BMW Motorsport engineers and the team did all they could to solve the problem before the start of the race, but ultimately ran out of time.

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We had a ridiculously good Marco in the car again.
Stefan Reinhold, Team Principal BMW Team RMG
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DER SONNTAG.

Philipp Eng finishes fifth on a difficult Sunday.

Following Marco Wittmann’s (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) victory on Saturday, Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) came home fifth as the best-placed BMW driver in the Sunday race at Brands Hatch. After a difficult qualifying for BMW, he showed good race pace to climb through the field, but narrowly missed out on a podium finish after 42 laps of racing. Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Wittmann came home seventh and tenth. Victory went to René Rast (Audi). 
 
Issues in qualifying meant that all the BMW M4 DTMs were forced to start the twelfth race of the DTM season from the middle of the grid. A strong race pace and clever strategy allowed Eng, in particular, and van der Linde to make up ground. Eng found himself in touch with the leading group after his late pit stop, but was unable to pass Loic Duval (Audi) in the closing stages as he set his sights on the podium.
 
Wittmann, who started from twelfth on the grid following his victory and pole position on Saturday, risked a second pit stop, in an attempt to make as much progress as possible on fresh tyres, however, the strategy did not ultimately pay dividends. Timo Glock (JiVS BMW M4 DTM) was twelfth, while Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Joel Eriksson (CATL BMW M4 DTM) failed to finish due to technical issues.

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Given our grid position, that was a really good race.
Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBM