This year’s DTM calendar features ten events with a total of 20 races in six different countries. Hockenheim is traditionally the venue for the first race of the season. As well as the experienced Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock, Bruno Spengler and Marco Wittmann, Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson also line up in their debut seasons in the DTM. The BMW M4 DTM has been the subject of extensive modifications in accordance with changes to the regulations – particularly aerodynamically. The car generates far less downforce than in 2017, putting an even greater emphasis on the drivers this year. Wittmann was victorious at the Hockenheimring at the final round of last season. Furthermore, Spengler clocked the fastest time of the four-day test at Hockenheim at the start of April.
Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, 157 races, 15 wins, 18 pole positions, 1 title): “I am really excited to finally start the new season. The curtain raiser at Hockenheim is always something special. It is just great to meet the fans again and to feel the unique atmosphere there after the long winter break. My goal is to get the maximum out of me and the car.”
Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, 74 races, 9 wins, 9 pole positions, 2 titles): “The first race of the season will show where we really stand. We have definitely done our homework, and I am optimistic ahead of the opening race weekend. Each one of us is really looking forward to the season finally getting started again. You can definitely notice the changes to the car. They will make it even more exciting.”
Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, 84 races, 4 wins, 6 pole positions): “It will be like a new start for everybody this year with the new rules and the modified cars. That’s a pretty big challenge. Our test at Hockenheim went pretty well so I am very motivated and head to Hockenheim with high hopes of having a clean and good start to the season.”
Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, 74 races, 4 wins, 4 pole positions): “After the long winter, I, like everyone else, am pleased to finally get back down to business. The tests in Hockenheim went well, although I still have really no idea exactly how good we are compared to the others. Our times looked good, but you never know whether somebody else may have had a few kilos of fuel more on board. I am certainly excited.”
Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR): “I am really looking forward to making my DTM debut. Being given this opportunity at the age of 28 is very cool. The tests so far have shown that we are right up there. For me, the tests were primarily about getting used to the car. It felt very good. Hopefully I will be able to enjoy myself a bit when it all gets going in Hockenheim.”
Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM): “It is going to be really interesting and I am very much looking forward to my first race in the DTM. After the good Hockenheim test I am feeling quite comfortable and very well prepared.”