DTM Nürburgring I

MARCO WITTMANN COMPLETES SATURDAY’S RACE IN THIRD PLACE.

Marco Wittmann completes Saturday’s race in third place.

QUICK FACTS. DTM NÜRBURGRING II.

  • 01 Saturday: Strong team performance: a total of five BMW drivers score points in Saturday’s race in the Eifel mountains.
  • 02 Saturday: Wittmann finishes third to repeat podium success from previous week.
  • 03 Sunday: Four BMW DTM works drivers reach the top ten at the twelfth race of the DTM season.
  • 04 Sunday: Sheldon van der Linde climbs to fourth in the DTM drivers’ championship.

THE SATURDAY.

Podium finish at the Nürburgring: Marco Wittmann in third place.

Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) and BMW M Motorsport have made a successful start to the sixth DTM race weekend. In a turbulent Saturday race on the Nürburgring sprint circuit, the two-time DTM champion crossed the finish line in third place. Wittmann had already claimed third position in the Eifel mountains one week earlier and now celebrates his third podium finish of the season. It was the fifth podium of 2020 for BMW Team RMG, which is based just a few kilometres from the Nürburgring.

 

Behind Wittmann, Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) secured fourth place. Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) in sixth, Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) in eighth and Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM) in tenth also finished in the points. Lucas Auer claimed twelfth place in the BMW Bank M4 DTM.

 

Wittmann was able to move up one place right at the start of a turbulent race. Eng, who had finished fourth in qualifying to secure his best result thus far, also improved by one position. The safety car made its first appearance on the circuit in the opening stage. Wittmann moved up another place after the restart and held on to fourth place until his pit stop when Eng moved ahead. The safety car reappeared a short time later and Wittmann was once again able to use the restart to produce a great manoeuvre that allowed him to claim second place. However, he had to surrender that position after the third safety car period. In the closing stage of the race, the 30-year-old was able to stay ahead of Eng, who chalked up his best result of the season by finishing fourth. Victory in the eleventh DTM race of the season went to Robin Frijns (Audi).

 

In the drivers’ standings, van der Linde is the best-placed BMW driver in sixth position. Wittmann is in seventh place, also with 76 points. The twelfth DTM race of the 2020 season will take place on Sunday.

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That was a great team performance with the podium for Marco Wittmann, fourth place for Philipp Eng and a total of five BMW M4 DTMs in the top-ten.
Rudolf Dittrich, General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development
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THE SUNDAY.

Sheldon van der Linde best-placed BMW driver in fourth place at the Nürburgring.

Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) was the best-placed BMW driver in Sunday’s race, finishing fourth on the Nürburgring sprint circuit. Behind the South African driver, Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) followed up on yesterday’s third podium of the season by finishing fifth.

 

Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM) in eighth place and Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) in tenth also scored points in the twelfth race of the 2020 DTM season. Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) crossed the finish line in twelfth position, just ahead of 13th-placed Lucas Auer in the BMW Bank M4 DTM.

 

Having started the race from sixth on the grid, van der Linde lost two places at the start but was able to reclaim them in the opening stages of the race. The South African driver continued to gain ground after his pit stop on lap 13, passing Ferdinand Habsburg (Audi) and Wittmann to move into fourth place. Victory in the twelfth DTM race of 2020 went to Nico Müller (Audi).

 

In the drivers’ standings, van der Linde has climbed to fourth position and remains the best-placed BMW driver with 88 points. The seventh race weekend of the DTM season takes place from 9th to 11th October at Zolder.

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I am very pleased with today’s race.
Sheldon van der Linde