Zandvoort. BMW combined to a points total again in an
action-packed twelfth DTM competition of a deteriorate in Zandvoort (NED).
Maxime Martin (BEL) and Timo Glock (GER) showed their fighting
suggestion by finishing sixth and seventh, notwithstanding being during a behind of
a margin during a start of a race. Augusto Farfus (BRA) claimed the
sixth stick position of his DTM career in qualifying. He came home
eighth in a race, while Bruno Spengler (CAN) was tenth.
Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER) primarily crossed the
finish line in initial place, only forward of Mike Rockenfeller (GER,
Audi). However, it was not probable to remove a smallest volume of
remaining fuel from his car’s tank during a technical inspection.
Wittmann was hence disqualified. Tom Blomqvist (GBR) finished 13th.
The subordinate session:
It is roughly dual years given Augusto Farfus final started a DTM race
from stick position. The BMW Team RMG motorist has now returned to the
front of a grid. He clocked a fastest path time of 1:27.475 in his
Shell BMW M4 DTM, 0.141 seconds faster than Marco Wittmann, who also
started from a front quarrel in a Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. This was the
sixth stick position of Farfus’ DTM career. Maxime Martin started from
third place in a SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW
M4 DTM) set a fifth fastest time, though was hold adult by Edoardo Mortara
(ITA, Mercedes) on his final drifting lap. As a effect of the
indirect brawl between a dual drivers, Glock was after disqualified
and had to start a competition from a behind of a grid. Bruno Spengler
(BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM)
competent ninth and 14th, though were promoted dual places due
to a penalties awarded to Glock and Gary Paffett (GBR, Mercedes).
Tom Blomqvist had to start from a array line after spinning on the
arrangement lap. A brief while later, he was given a drive-through
chastisement for channel a line boundary and hence forsaken well
back. Marco Wittmann done a improved start of a dual BMWs on the
front row, flitting Augusto Farfus to take a lead. Maxime Martin did
not primarily get off a line, though was afterwards means to get going though was
afterwards during a behind of a field. Bruno Spengler done a fake start, for
that he was given a five-second penalty. At a conduct of a field,
Wittmann was means to lift a few seconds transparent of Mike Rockenfeller
(GER, Audi), and confirmed his lead after creation his imperative pit
stop on path 14. The two-time champion had to deflect off Rockenfeller for
a final 15 mins of a race, though hold his haughtiness to cranky the
finish line in initial place. Martin and Timo Glock fought behind strongly
after creation early array stops, and eventually finish seventh and
eighth. Farfus also picked adult points for ninth place. Spengler and
Blomqvist came home eleventh and 13th. All a other BMW
drivers, however, are promoted a position following a subsequent
suspension of Wittmann.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “On the
whole, we have scored a lot of points in Zandvoort. The one-two-three
on Saturday, with Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin on the
podium, was one of a comprehensive highlights of a season.
Unfortunately, Marco Wittmann’s suspension on Sunday prevented
us from adding a second victory. That is apparently a good shame. We
will demeanour into how it could have happened. Maxime Martin and Timo
Glock fought really tough in a race, and Augusto Farfus and Bruno
Spengler also picked adult points. Hard-fought overtaking manoeuvres,
copiousness of movement and a lot of points: notwithstanding a beating of
blank out on feat on Sunday, Zandvoort was really value the
outing again for us this year.”
Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “It
has been an heated weekend for us, full of emotion. First, we
distinguished Marco’s victory, afterwards came a beating of the
disqualification. Unfortunately, when analysing a race, we
detected that we had done a mistake in handling a tank system,
that resulted in there being too small fuel in a tank during a end
of a race. That is frustrating, though we win and remove together. The
stick position was good for Augusto. Timo also showed his tension – but
emotions are what win us races here in this team, so we will continue
to uncover them. Despite today, we are assured looking forward to the
rest of a season.”
Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
2nd place, competition result: Disqualified – 68 races, 8 wins,
18 podiums, 8 stick positions, 614 points, 2 drivers’ titles):
“I am apparently really disappointed, though as a motorist there is
zero we can do about it. We have to accept it and safeguard that
zero like this happens again. It was still a mega weekend for me.
Our gait was really good. We will pull again during a Nürburgring.”
Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
1st place, competition result: 8th place – 78 races,
4 wins, 12 podiums, 6 stick positions, 368 points): “We
pitted after a opening lap, though unfortunately it did not compensate off.
However, that is racing. Despite that, we can take some positives from
Zandvoort. We had a fastest automobile and cumulative stick position. That is
good. However, we did not conduct to take a possibility and finish on a podium.”
Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
18th place (penalty), competition result: 7th place –
68 races, 4 wins, 8 podiums, 3 stick positions, 317 points):
“I had a good initial path and immediately overtook one or two
cars. we afterwards came into a pits early, after that we had good pace. I
was quicker than Maxime, though could not get past him. However, we must
be calm with carrying during slightest finished in a tip ten.”
Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM): “We have
a few things to demeanour during after this race. Maxime did not get divided at
a start. We contingency now analyse a information to find out what happened.
That influenced his whole race. However, he still managed to quarrel back
and finish seventh. That was as most as we could have hoped for. Bruno
done a fake start, and we contingency take a tighten demeanour during what happened to
Tom. He spun on a warm-up lap, though we don’t know because yet.”
Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
7th place, competition result: 10th place – 151 races, 15 wins,
48 podiums, 18 stick positions, 820 points, 1 drivers’ title):
“On a whole, it was a good weekend for BMW. It is a shame
that we did not conduct to set a automobile adult ideally for qualifying.
After that, there was zero we could do in a race. We are now
focussing on a Nürburgring.”
Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid
position: 12th place, competition result: 13th place – 48 races,
1 win, 5 podiums, 2 stick positions, 193 points):
“Unfortunately, we mislaid control of a automobile during the
arrangement path and strike something. That caused a driver’s doorway to come
loose, so we had to come into a array line and start from there. On top
of that, we was given a drive-through penalty. It was simply a competition to forget.”
Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
3rd place, competition result: 6th place – 58 races,
3 wins, 10 podiums, 3 stick positions, 333 points): “It was
a tough race. we stalled a automobile during a start. we don’t know because it
happened, as all was how it always is. It is obviously
formidable to come by from final place. We still managed to collect up
some points, that done it okay.”
Drivers: 1. Mattias Ekström (128 points), 2. René
Rast (114), 3. Mike Rockenfeller (110), 4. Timo Glock (104), 5. Maxime
Martin (102), 6. Lucas Auer (99), 7. Jamie Green (99), 8. Marco
Wittmann (93), 9. Gary Paffett (75), 10. Bruno Spengler (62), 11. Paul
di Resta (59), 12. Robert Wickens (58), 13. Nico Müller (49), 14.
Edoardo Mortara (41), 15. Maro Engel (29), 16. Augusto Farfus (23),
17. Tom Blomqvist (21), 18. Loic Duval (18).
Teams: 1. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (213 points), 2.
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (177), 3. BMW Team RBM (164), 4.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT (140), 5. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes
me (133), 6. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (128), 7. BMW Team RMR (125), 8.
BMW Team RMG (116), 9. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy (88).
Manufacturers: 1. Audi (518 points), 2. BMW (405), 3.
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