DTM Misano

SENSATIONAL SUCCESS AT MISANO.

SENSATIONAL SUCCESS AT MISANO.

Sensational success at Misano.

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DTM MISANO.

  • 01 Saturday: Wittmann starts the race from 18thfollowing a technical issue, but makes a superb recovery to take his second win of the season.
  • 02 Saturday: BMW claims its 35thDTM victory since returning to the series in 2012.
  • 03 Sunday:
  • 04 Sunday:

SATURDAY.

Marco Wittmann wins race five of the DTM season from last place on the grid.

Marco Wittmann produced a fantastic drive and tactical masterclass to claim his second win of the season in Saturday’s race at Misano. A technical issue with the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM prevented Wittmann from setting a timed lap in qualifying, meaning he started the race from 18thon the grid. The 2014 and 2016 DTM champion came in for his tyre change at the end of the opening lap. This proved to be a clever tactical move, which really paid dividends after a safety car period. Once the other drivers had all been in for their mandatory tyre change, Wittmann found himself leading the race on lap 17. He controlled the race from that point to take victory. Wittmann’s success was also the 35thDTM win for BMW since the brand returned to the series in 2012, and the 25thvictory for the BMW M4 DTM.
 
In total, five BMW M4 DTMs finished in the top ten. Bruno Spengler was fourth in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) also finished in the points in seventh place. DTM rookie Sheldon van der Linde, after starting the race as the best-placed BMW driver after qualifying as he did in the Sunday race at Zolder, came home ninth. Timo Glock (JiVS BMW M4 DTM) ended race one at Misano in tenth place. Joel Eriksson’s race came to a premature end after just two laps following a technical issue with the CATL BMW M4 DTM.

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I am really happy. What a fantastic race.
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG
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SUNDAY.

Impressive second place for Philipp Eng in Sunday’s race.

Following the sensational triumph achieved by Marco Wittmann, who came from last place on the grid to win Saturday’s race at Misano, Philipp Eng became the second BMW driver of the weekend to make it onto the podium in the Sunday race. The Austrian started race six of the season from ninth place. After an impressive fightback and clever tyre management, he came home second in the ZF BMW M4 DTM.
 

This was Eng’s third podium result of the year, and the 290th in the history of the touring car series for BMW. In total, four BMW drivers finished in the top ten. Joel Eriksson was sixth in the CATL BMW M4 DTM, while Bruno Spengler ended the race eighth in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) followed him home in ninth.
 

Wittmann and Timo Glock both reached a very special milestone at Misano on Sunday. Both drivers were starting the 100th DTM race of their careers. The two BMW drivers both made their debut in the touring car series at the opening round of the 2013 season at Hockenheim and have since driven both the BMW M3 DTM and the BMW M4 DTM. Wittmann has 13 wins, 12 pole positions and two DTM titles to his name. Glock has secured five pole positions and climbed onto the top step of the podium on five times to date. However, the 100th race came to a premature end for both Wittmann and Glock. Wittmann crashed out following a collision on lap one, for which he was in no way to blame. Technical issues forced Glock to retire in the JiVS BMW M4 DTM.

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I am incredibly proud of everyone. There is no guarantee that you can finish runner-up from ninth place on the grid. As such, I am really happy with the result.
Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBM