DTM Nürburgring I

WITTMANN CLAIMS PODIUM FINISH FOR BMW AT THE NÜRBURGRING.

Wittmann claims podium finish for BMW at the Nürburgring.

QUICK FACTS. DTM NÜRBURGRING I.

  • 01 Saturday: In the ninth race of the DTM season, driver Marco Wittmann crossed the line in third place.
  • 02 Saturday: Philipp Eng in the ZF BMW M4 DTM was the second-best BMW driver, finishing sixth in Saturday's race on the Grand Prix circuit.
  • 03 Sunday: On Sunday in the Eifel region, BMW DTM works drivers unable to build on Saturday’s race performances.
  • 04 Sunday: Sheldon van der Linde finishes sixth in the Shell BMW M4 DTM.

SATURDAY.

Podium for Marco Wittmann on the fifth race weekend of the 2020 DTM season.

Driving the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM for BMW Team RMG, the 30-year-old completed Saturday’s race at the Nürburgring in third position. Wittmann took advantage of ideal racing conditions on the Grand Prix circuit to claim third place in the closing stage of the race and secure his 35th DTM podium. Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) finished sixth, while Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM), Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) crossed the finishing line in positions seven, eight and ten. Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished twelfth.
 
Wittmann claimed fourth place in qualifying, his best grid position of the season, but lost one place at the start of the race. However, a consistent performance and good pace saw him successfully defend fifth place, before moving back up to fourth thanks to a strong overtaking manoeuvre that took him past Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) twelve minutes before the end of the race. On lap 27, Wittmann made the most of a driving error by Robin Frijns (Audi) to claim third place and a spot on the podium.
 
Eng started from ninth on the grid in the fifth race of the season, moved up three positions in the opening phase and even used a swift pit stop after 27 race minutes to move ahead of Wittmann for a short time before being passed again. Eng crossed the finish line as the second-fastest BMW driver in sixth place. Glock, the best-placed BMW representative in the drivers’ standings, battled his way up from twelfth on the grid to take the chequered flag in seventh place. Glock remains in fifth place in the drivers’ championship with 68 points.

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DTM Nürburgring I
Finishing with five BMWs in the top ten is a good result for us.
Jens Marquardt, BMW Group Motorsport Director
DTM Lausitzring I

SUNDAY.

Four BMW DTM works drivers finish Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring in the top ten.

In the tenth race of the DTM season, four BMW DTM works drivers made it into the top ten on the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit. However, they were unable to build on Saturday’s performance, when Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) reached the podium. Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) was the best-placed BMW driver, finishing in sixth place. Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM), Wittmann and Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) crossed the finish line in positions eight, nine and ten.
 
The qualifying session had already shown that it would be difficult to achieve another podium finish on the longer variant of the Nürburgring track. During the race, van der Linde used an early pit stop to move up to sixth position. Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM) finished in eleventh and 14th positions. Robert Kubica, from the BMW customer team ART Grand Prix, secured ninth place on the grid in qualifying and finished the race in twelfth. Victory went to Robin Frijns (Audi).

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" I think that today was a perfect race from a tactical point of view, and my pace. "
Sheldon van der Linde