DTM Lausitzring I

300TH PODIUM FOR BMW IN THE DTM.

300th podium for BMW in the DTM.

QUICK FACTS. DTM LAUSITZRING I.

  • 01 Saturday: Successful start for BMW DTM teams in the Lausitzring double header.
  • 02 Saturday: Sheldon van der Linde in second brings home the first podium of his DTM career.
  • 03 Sunday: Marco Wittmann takes third place at the Lausitzring.
  • 04 Sunday: Timo Glock, Philipp Eng and Jonathan Aberdein also finish in the points.

SATURDAY.

Sheldon van der Linde in second brings home the first podium of his DTM career.

A strong start was had for the BMW DTM teams at the Lausitzring in the second DTM race weekend of the season. Sheldon van der Linde in second place in his Shell BMW M4 DTM brought home the first podium of his DTM career. He is also the first South African to make it onto the podium in the DTM. Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM), finished fourth and fifth having improved their performance significantly compared with the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps. Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) in ninth was the fourth BMW driver to finish in the points.
 
Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) battled with technical problems early on in the race and had to pit, consequently dropping right down the field. He crossed the finish line in 14th place. Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM) also opted to pit early, although that didn’t pay off. He finished in twelfth.

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I’m over the moon with my first DTM podium.
Sheldon van der Linde
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SUNDAY.

Marco Wittmann makes history with BMW’s 300th podium in the DTM.

Marco Wittmann claimed the 300th DTM podium for BMW in Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring. In doing so, he achieved another milestone for BMW in the popular touring car series. From seventh on the grid, Wittmann started strongly in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM and pulled off a late overtaking manoeuvre to pass Robin Frijns (Audi) and take third place. Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) also showed clear signs of improvement after a tough qualifying session, finishing sixth, seventh and ninth in the race itself.
 
In hot conditions, and with tyre wear a significant factor at the Lausitzring, the BMW DTM teams focussed on the race when setting up the BMW M4 DTM. The consequence of that was the inability to back up Saturday’s fine performance in qualifying, and thus had to start Sunday’s race from towards the back of the grid. However, the majority of the drivers fought back strongly to pick up valuable points, with Wittmann even claiming a well-earned podium.
 
Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) also found himself in the top five after his early pit stop, but then paid the price for this courageous strategy as his tyres suffered in the final few laps. He came home in 15th place, just behind Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM).

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Marco Wittmann’s podium is a real highlight, as it is the 300th podium for BMW in the DTM – another milestone in our long history in this racing series.
Jens Marquardt, BMW Group Motorsport Director