Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock finish in a tip 10 for BMW in Spielberg on Sunday.

In a Drivers’ Championship, Wittmann is now fifth with 134 points
brazen of a culmination in Hockenheim (GER). Trailing championship leader
Mattias Ekström (SWE, Audi) by 38 points, he still has a mathematical
possibility of fortifying his title. Victory on Sunday went to Audi driver
René Rast (GER).


The qualifying:
Marco Wittmann, in a Red Bull
BMW M4 DTM, was once again a male severe for a start position at
a front of a field. His fastest time of 1:22.156 mins landed
a reigning champion third place – 0.201 seconds behind Jamie Green
(Audi, GBR), who cumulative stick position. A serve 3 BMW drivers –
Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) in seventh, Tom Blomqvist (BMW
Driving Experience M4 DTM) in ninth and Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4
DTM) in tenth – competent in a tip 10 places. Maxime Martin
(SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) were
eleventh and twelfth fastest.

The race:

Wittmann shielded third place during a start, while Blomqvist climbed
to seventh, followed by Glock and Spengler. Farfus (end of path one)
and Blomqvist (after path three) came in for early stops. Wittmann lost
a position on path nine, though came true in for his tyre change. As
he returned to a lane on cold tyres, he was means to deflect off
Ekström. His subsequent conflict afterwards began on path 21 with Ekström’s fellow
Audi motorist Nico Müller (SUI), who Wittmann was eventually incompetent to
keep behind him. Glock was a final BMW motorist to come into a pits
after 24 laps. The BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car done an coming on lap
29, after Lucas Auer (Mercedes, AUT) strike a pile-up barriers following
strike with Spengler. The BMW motorist was given a drive-through
chastisement for his partial in a incident. The indirect reserve automobile proviso saw
a margin garland together again. There was some jostling for position
during a restart, and Wittmann forsaken behind a series of positions. The
competition stewards squandered small time in determining that Ekström had to allow
Wittmann behind in front of him, however, as he had forced him too far
off a lane during a restart. Wittmann eventually crossed a finish
line in sixth place after an eventful final few laps, closely followed
by Glock in seventh. Martin, Farfus and Blomqvist were eleventh,
12th and 13th, while Spengler finished 16th.


The reactions:


BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “On the
whole, it was a tough weekend for us in Spielberg. On Saturday, the
lectern positions were out of strech for us. At slightest 3 of our
drivers were means to collect adult points. Sunday’s competition was also tough work
for us. Marco Wittmann was blocked several times, and busted his tyres
in a routine that meant he had to settle for sixth place in the
end. Despite this, a large enrich has to go to Marco, who kept his
haughtiness and came divided with 8 points. The rest of a guys also
fought for each point. On a whole, we can't know because the
antithesis is still personification such nonessential tactical games, although
they clearly are brazen in terms of performance. The conditions in the
altogether standings might demeanour comparatively candid now, though we are
still looking brazen to a grand culmination in Hockenheim. We will try
to finish a deteriorate with another good result, and to put on a good show
for a many BMW fans there.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “We
were a bit stronger in subordinate currently than we were on Saturday.
Unfortunately, we were incompetent to modify a start position into a
good competition result. Marco mislaid profitable places during a restart. He was
forced off a track, for that there was a penalty. However, once
your tyres are dirty, we have a transparent waste in terms of
performance, that we can't make adult for. The group did a best job
probable this weekend.”


Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
3rd place, competition result: 6th place – 72 races,
8 wins, 19 podiums, 9 stick positions, 657 points, 2 drivers’
“I am unhappy and angry. Following the
changes to a weight situation, Audi now clearly has a automobile with the
best competition gait in a field. If we still feel it required to block
a opposition, afterwards that is not on. we am a kind of racing driver
who wants to see tough though satisfactory racing. Unfortunately, that was not the
box today.”


Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
12th place, competition result: 12th place – 82
races, 4 wins, 12 podiums, 6 stick positions, 374 points):
“Our early stop did not compensate off. The tyres degraded too
quickly. We stopped again during a reserve automobile phase. That was a
crafty tactical move, though we were incompetent to gain on it during the
restart. We will now combine on Hockenheim.


Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
7th place, competition result: 7th place – 72 races,
4 wins, 8 podiums, 3 stick positions, 328 points):
“It was
generally a formidable race. we put my faith wholly in a group when
it came to a strategy, though unfortunately a array stop was not the
smoothest. we afterwards found myself behind Marco after a reserve car
phase, and eventually came home seventh.”


Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM): “That
was a unsatisfactory day for us. Maxime Martin struggled with back
problems, that meant it was not an easy competition for him. Our strategy
indeed worked unequivocally well. Maxime was on march to finish in the
points. They were also within reaching stretch for Bruno Spengler and
Tom Blomqvist. However, a Indycar start was a lottery. The tyres on
all a cars collected a lot pick-up and we were incompetent to urge our
positions. We will try to do improved during Hockenheim.


Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
10th place, competition result: 16th place – 155
races, 15 wins, 48 podiums, 18 stick positions, 832 points, 1
drivers’ title):
“I had an hapless conditions in the
race. we out-braked Paul di Resta, and Lucas Auer unexpected seemed in
a spin during that really moment. we strike a behind dilemma of his automobile and he
spun off. It was unlucky, and we was given a drive-through penalty. A
points finish was really probable today.


Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid
position: 9th place, competition result: 13th place –
52 races, 1 win, 5 podiums, 2 stick positions, 194 points):
“I had a good start, though afterwards came into a pits really
early. That did not compensate dividends. After a certain indicate in a race,
my tyres were finished. we afterwards forsaken behind by a margin like a
stone. The restart was fine – though a third and fourth turns were not.
The rest of a competition and a outcome were disappointing.


Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
11th place, competition result: 11th place – 62
races, 3 wins, 10 podiums, 3 stick positions, 341 points):
“It was a tough race. we indeed looked odds-on to collect adult a
few points, though we afterwards mislaid places during a restart. we was forced
offline in spin one though never mind, we am still happy. we have struggled
with behind heedfulness given yesterday, though was means to finish a race. I
usually only missed out on a points in eleventh place. It was
really a tough fight.”


The standings:


Drivers: 1. Mattias Ekström (172 points), 2. René
Rast (151), 3. Jamie Green (137), 4. Mike Rockenfeller (134), 5. Marco
Wittmann (134), 6. Lucas Auer (131), 7. Timo Glock (115), 8. Robert
Wickens (113), 9. Maxime Martin (110), 10. Paul di Resta (99), 11.
Gary Paffett (88), 12. Nico Müller (81), 13. Bruno Spengler (74), 14.
Maro Engel (51), 15. Edoardo Mortara (49), 16. Augusto Farfus (29),
17. Loic Duval (22), 18. Tom Blomqvist (22).

Teams: 1. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (288 points), 2.
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (253), 3. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
Mercedes me (201), 4. BMW Team RBM (184), 5. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
BWT (180), 6. BMW Team RMG (163), 8. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (156), 8.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy (150), 9. BMW Team RMR (137).

1. Audi (697 points), 2. Mercedes
(531), 3. BMW (484).


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