Marco Wittmann (BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM) was the best-placed BMW driver in Spielberg on Saturday, finishing seventh in the 300th race for BMW in the DTM. Philipp Eng (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) were also in the points, finishing eighth and ninth in a turbulent race at the Red Bull Ring. Victory in the first event of the penultimate race weekend of the season went to René Rast (Audi).
Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler both endured some bad luck. Spengler reported that his car was steering erratically after contact early in the race, before heading to the pits for safety’s sake. Having secured second place in qualifying in his DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, Glock was able to remain in the top-ten for much of the race before retiring due to technical problems just six minutes from the finish. The subsequent safety car phase and Indy restart heralded a sometimes-chaotic final period that saw Wittmann drop back from third to seventh. Joel Eriksson (BMW M4 DTM) finished 16th.
Although no BMW drivers reached the podium in Spielberg, the brand can boast an impressive track record after 300 race starts in the DTM. A total of 81 wins, 282 podiums, 67 pole positions and 87 fastest laps have been recorded. The drivers’ title has made its way to Munich at season’s end on six occasions. This last happened in 2016, when Wittmann was crowned champion for the second time. The very first DTM race on 11th March 1984 saw a BMW driver top the podium, as Harald Grohs (BMW 635 CSi) celebrated victory.