Maxime Martin

Second race, second BMW victory.

Maxime Martin wins eventful Sunday race at the Norisring.
It was an epic weekend for us here at the Norisring.
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director

Following Bruno Spengler’s victory in Saturday’s race at the Norisring, it was another BMW driver who crossed the finish line in first place at the end of the eighth race of the year on Sunday: after 66 laps, two safety car phases and one red flag, Maxime Martin took the chequered flag to claim the 75th success for BMW in the DTM, having started from seventh on the grid.

Martin backed up third place in Budapest and second place on Saturday with his third DTM victory – the first since 2015 at the Nürburgring. For BMW, this was a fitting conclusion to a historic weekend at the Norisring. BMW was victorious in Nuremberg for the first time since 1992 – and, as was also the case back then, in both races. Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus, Tom Blomqvist and Timo Glock finished fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth to complete a fine team result, with five BMW M4 DTMs in the top ten on Sunday. Spengler came home twelfth, having been in contention for a podium finish for long periods of the race.

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As usual, the grid positions at the narrow street circuit were decided by mere thousandths of a second. At the end of the 20-minute session, it was Blomqvist in the BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM who secured pole position with a time of 47.252 – 0.004 seconds faster than Robert Wickens (Mercedes). This was Blomqvist’s second pole position of his career. It also marked BMW’s third pole of the season and 59th in the history of the DTM. Blomqvist was rewarded for his pole position with three points towards the Drivers’ Championship. Spengler, in the BMW Bank M4 DTM, ended qualifying in fourth place with a time of 47.305 seconds. Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) also made it into the top ten in seventh and ninth place. Wittmann (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) was twelfth fastest, Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) qualified 15th.

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The race:

Spengler made a good start, which took him into second place. In contrast, Blomqvist dropped back to sixth. Five drivers came into the pits for their mandatory stop after the opening lap. They included Blomqvist and Farfus. The majority of the field opted for an early stop. By the end of the eighth lap, all six BMW drivers had been in for a tyre change. The strategy, and the rapid work performed by BMW Team RBM, allowed Martin, who came into the pits after lap seven, to climb through the field and join the battle for the lead. The safety car was called into action after 25 laps, following a collision between Mercedes driver Robert Wickens and René Rast (Audi). Martin and Spengler moved into first and second place after the restart. However, contact with another car that was yet to make a stop resulted in Spengler’s car suffering a puncture. Shortly after that, the race was suspended after a crash involving Gary Paffett (Mercedes) and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi).

After an interruption of around half an hour, the cars were sent back onto the track for the remaining 25 minutes. Maxime Martin led at the restart, with Wittmann third having climbed several places after the safety car phase. The exciting second half of the race saw Martin hold of Auer in the battle for the lead. The Belgian went on to claim the second win of the weekend for BMW. Wittmann came home fifth, just 0.027 seconds behind third-placed Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes), following a dramatic finish with three cars crossing the finish line within a matter of millimetres of each other. Farfus finished seventh to score his first points of the season. Blomqvist and Glock, who had to make an early second stop following a puncture, were ninth and tenth. Spengler fought his way back from last place to finish 12th.

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