Lucas Auer, BMW Bank M4 DTM, Timo Glock, iQOO BMW M4 DTM

LUCAS AUER WINS SUNDAY’S RACE AT THE LAUSITZRING AHEAD OF TIMO GLOCK.

Lucas Auer wins Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring ahead of Timo Glock.

QUICK FACTS. DTM LAUSITZRING II.

  • 01 Saturday: Timo Glock moves up ten positions in the fifth DTM race.
  • 02 Saturday: Marco Wittmann finishes Saturday’s race at the Lausitzring in fifth place.
  • 03 Saturday: Four BMW DTM drivers overcome difficult and changeable conditions to finish in the points.
  • 04 Sunday: Lucas Auer claims maiden victory for BMW ahead of Timo Glock after overtaking manoeuvre on final lap.
  • 05 Sunday: Smart tyre strategy brings first win for BMW in the 2020 DTM season.
  • 06 Sunday: Five BMW drivers in the points at the Lausitzring on Sunday.

SATURDAY.

Strong recovery performance from Glock at the Lausitzring.

A strong recovery performance saw Timo Glock finish the fifth race of the 2020 DTM season in fourth place as the best-placed BMW driver. On a circuit that dried out after a wet start, Glock moved up ten positions after starting the race from 14th to claim his best result of the season in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM. Marco Wittmann crossed the finish line in fifth place in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Philipp Eng and Sheldon van der Linde were also in the points, finishing eighth and ninth.

Lucas Auer started from sixth place and completed the race in twelfth. Jonathan Aberdein finished in 14thposition. Victory in the fifth DTM race of the season went to René Rast.

Glock spun out in wet conditions right at the start of the qualifying session and was unable to complete another timed lap. All drivers chose to go into the race with wet-weather tyres and Glock made a good start. An early switch to dry tyres saw him continue to move up through the field. Wittmann and Eng were also able to improve in the early stage and seemed to be on course for the podium after their pit stops before falling back again as the race drew to a close.

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Timo Glock, iQOO BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM
As far as I’m concerned, if the race had continued for another two laps, then I might have been able to catch Robin. However, I am happy with fourth place.
Timo Glock
Timo Glock, Lucas Auer
BMW Team RMG

SUNDAY.

Lucas Auer wins Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring ahead of Timo Glock.

Lucas Auer secured a first DTM win of the season for BMW in Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring. Thanks to a smart strategy and an overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap, Auer claimed victory in his BMW Bank M4 DTM ahead of Timo Glock who had lead to that point. The win was Auer’s fifth in the DTM, and his first in a BMW car. It was the 88th victory for BMW in the DTM, and marked the 22nd time that BMW drivers have claimed first and second places. Jonathan Aberdein crossed the finish line in seventh place in the CATL BMW M4 DTM. Marco Wittmann in ninth and Sheldon van der Linde in tenth position also finished in the points.

Having started the race from ninth and seventh on the grid, Auer and Glock were able to gain a few places at the start and kept pace with the leading group. Unlike their competitors, the pair decided to go for an early tyre change and made their mandatory pit stops on the tenth lap. The fresh tyres then helped them to make up those decisive seconds on the cars ahead on subsequent laps. Once all drivers had made their pits tops, the duo had moved up to second and third positions and it did not take long for them to pass leader Jamie Green. Glock was on course for victory until one lap from the end, when Auer made a thrilling move to overtake him and secure his first win for BMW.

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I am still lost for words. I think that was the most intense race I have ever experienced in the DTM, as an error could have been fatal.
Lucas Auer.