DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM

Strong catch-up race.

" Overall, we got the best out of this weekend with three podium positions. "
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt
The BMW teams had another podium to celebrate after Sunday’s race at the Hungaroring. After Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler had finished second and third on Saturday, Maxime Martin finished third on Sunday. He achieved a spectacular catch-up from the back of the grid.

Martin pitted after the first lap and made up 15 places during the course of the race thanks to this daring tactic. The BMW Team RBM driver celebrated his first podium of the season. After his success the day before, Glock finished seventh, making him the only BMW driver to pick up points in both of the weekend’s races. Marco Wittmann was unlucky on Sunday: The DTM champion started from the front row of the grid after qualifying in second place, and was in sixth place when he was forced to retire shortly before the end of the race.

Qualifying:

Marco Wittmann (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) held the best time for much of the 20-minute session, before René Rast overtook him shortly before the end. However, second place saw the reigning DTM champion start from the front row for the first time this season. His personal best time of 1:34.803 minutes was just 0.063 seconds slower than the pole time. Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM), Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM) also made it into the top ten in eighth, ninth and tenth. Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) started the sixth race of the season from 17th and 18th on the grid.

Race:

Marco Wittmann dropped back a position at the start and was in third place going into the first turn. Maxime Martin started from the back of the grid and opted for the same strategy that Bruno Spengler used on Saturday. He made an early pit stop after the first lap. This tactic paid off thanks to consistently fast lap times. As the other drivers pitted during the course of the race, Martin moved up the field position by position, ending up in third place. He defended this position against Nico Müller down to the finish. Making up 15 places saw Martin finish on the podium for the first time this season. Wittmann wasn’t quite able to keep up with the pace of the frontrunners for the entire race because a polystyrene part blocked his cooler, leaving him to battle with increased oil temperatures. Despite this handicap, he was safely in the points in sixth place until shortly before the end of the race, when his car overheated and forced him to end his race early. After finishing second on Saturday, Timo Glock finished seventh. Augusto Farfus, Tom Blomqvist and Bruno Spengler crossed the finish line in 12th, 13thand 14th.