Maxime Martin finishes fourth in Saturday’s competition during a Lausitzring to measure points for a BMW Team RBM.

Lausitzring. Maxime Martin (BEL) finished fourth in Saturday’s
DTM competition during a Lausitzring (GER), scoring his initial points of the
2017 season. He was a best-placed BMW motorist in subordinate and
started a third competition of a year from third place in his SAMSUNG
BMW M4 DTM. After 43 laps, he crossed a finishing line in fourth
place. The remaining BMW drivers missed out on a tip ten.

 

Qualifying:
Maxime Martin had no problems
traffic with conditions that had cooled down extremely compared
with Friday, recording a personal best time of 01:16.404 mins to
secure third place in his SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM for that he was rewarded
with one indicate in a drivers’ championship. Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE
POST BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR, BMW Driving Experience M4
DTM) also constructed clever performances in qualifying, claiming fifth
and sixth places respectively. Marco Wittmann (GER) finished in
eleventh position in a Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, only blank out on a
place in a tip 10. Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno
Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished in 15th and
18th places respectively, yet started a competition from
14th and 17th due to a demotion of Jamie Green
(GBR, Audi).

 

The race:

Maxime Martin started good from third place and was means to defend
his position in a early stages. He was even means to swell to
second place for a while. After creation his array stop only before the
median indicate of a race, Martin remained on march for a podium
finish. However, in a final third he was incompetent to forestall Robert
Wickens (CAN, Mercedes) and René Rast (GER, Audi) from overtaking.
Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist looked set to finish in a points before
pang setbacks. Blomqvist spun after strike in a conflict with Paul
di Resta (GBR, Mercedes) and fell behind a prolonged way. As a result, the
Mercedes motorist perceived a drive-through penalty. Glock got into
problem only after his array stop and mislaid places after shifting into
a sand trap. Glock finished a competition in eleventh place, only ahead
of Farfus, Wittmann and Spengler. After his impasse in an accident
by no error of his own, Blomqvist finished in 17th position.

 

The reactions:

 

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “It was a
tough competition today. It’s a contrition that Maxime didn’t make it onto the
podium. He attempted his best and accessible a best probable result. It is
unequivocally irritating for Tom to be incited by Paul di Resta. we think
everybody now knows that we have to be clever with cold tyres.
Something went wrong with Timo’s array stop and we have to take a closer
demeanour during that. The DTM is so tighten that it is always formidable when
things don’t run smoothly. Having only one automobile in a tip 10, in
fourth place, is not enough. We’ll take that outcome though, and make
certain that we do improved tomorrow. Congratulations to Mercedes on their win.”

 

Stefan Reinhold (team principal, BMW Team RMG): “We
will analyse how we can do improved tomorrow. Of march we are
unhappy with how things went today. Timo was means to contest at
a front during a initial stint. He had some problems after a pit
stop, yet he was behind on a gait later. Now we have to hunt for the
means of a problems. Tomorrow is a new day, and we wish to go on the
conflict again.”

 

Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
11th, competition result: 13th – 59 races, 8 wins, 16
podiums, 8 stick positions, 539 points, 2 Drivers’ titles):
“It was a unsatisfactory competition for me and some of a other BMW
drivers, yet not for Maxime as he was means to explain fourth place. The
others were only improved than me today, they had reduction tyre wear and a
improved pace. Of march it is irritating that we didn’t finish in the
points and it was a formidable day in ubiquitous for BMW. Now we have to
demeanour and see where we can urge tomorrow.”

 

Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
14th, competition result: 12th – 69 races, 4 wins, 12
podiums, 5 stick positions, 345 points):
“It was an intense
race. We only didn’t have a gait compulsory to make progress. In the
end, it was about staying in a organisation and perplexing to measure a few
points. That didn’t utterly work out yet we was means to make adult some
places. we consider we did collect some critical information that will
assistance us tomorrow.”

 

Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
5th, competition result: 11th – 59 races, 3 wins, 6
podiums, 2 stick positions, 238 points):
“The start was
indeed OK and all felt excellent for a initial few laps. At some
point, we started to onslaught with a tyres. we consider we only stayed
out too prolonged yet we can’t do most about that. After a array stop, the
automobile didn’t wish to drive to a right and we had to go by the
gravel. we have no thought what caused that. After that, a vibrations
were causing me issues. It’s a contrition that we weren’t means to finish in
a points today.”

 

Bart Mampaey (team principal, BMW Team RBM): “It was
formidable for Bruno to start from a behind yet he constructed a good race
performance. We attempted out a opposite plan with him yet it didn’t
compensate off. Bruno did his pursuit good and was still there for BMW during the
end. We will try to urge a automobile for tomorrow and plea for
improved placing. As for Tom: what can we say? He was strike by another car
that came out of a pits on cold tyres. It’s a large contrition as he was in
a tip 10 position and was doing well. Maxime’s fourth place feels like
a win today. He gathering a good race. The plan was excellent yet we will
try to do improved altogether tomorrow.”

 

Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
17th, competition result: 14th – 142 races, 14 wins,
45 podiums, 17 stick positions, 760 points, 1 Drivers’ title):
“It was only a bad day for us. We have a lot of work to do to
urge a automobile for tomorrow. Qualifying was formidable adequate and
things didn’t urge in a race. We will now work tough to prepare
for tomorrow.”

 

Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid
position: 6th, competition result: 17th – 39 races, 1
win, 5 podiums, 1 stick position, 172 points):
“It was a
competition to forget for me. we was in sixth place before my array stop. One
path after my stop, Paul di Resta came out of a array line on cold
tyres. we knew that it could get parsimonious on spin 4 and we attempted to
leave copiousness of room. He had some understeer and incited me, even
yet we had left adequate space. we was in final place after that and
couldn’t do anything else.”

 

Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
3rd, competition result: 4th – 49 races, 2 wins, 6
podiums, 2 stick positions, 244 points):
“It was a tough
competition for BMW. we did my best yet a other teams only had too most pace
in a race. It was formidable to fight that. we was anticipating for a
lectern finish, and we wasn’t distant off. But in a end, it wasn’t quite
enough. Nonetheless: we am happy to have scored some points again. Now
we have to work tough for tomorrow even yet we consider that it will be
formidable again.”

 

The standings:

 

Drivers: 1. Lucas Auer (68 points), 2. Gary Paffett
(34), 3. Mike Rockenfeller (31), 4. Jamie Green (27), 5. Timo
Glock (25),
6. René Rast (25), 7. Robert Wickens (20), 8.
Edoardo Mortara (19), 9. Marco Wittmann (16), 10.
Mattias Ekström (14), 11. Maxime Martin (13), 12.
Nico Müller (12), 13. Paul di Resta (12), 14. Maro Engel (3),
15. Bruno Spengler (2), 16. Augusto Farfus (0), 17. Tom
Blomqvist (0),
18. Loic Duval (0).

 

Teams: 1. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT (87 points), 2.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me (54), 3. Audi Sport Team Rosberg
(52), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (31), 5. Audi Sport Team Abt
Sportsline (26), 6. BMW Team RMR (25), 7. BMW Team RMG (16),
BMW Team RBM (15),
9. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL
Energy (15).

 

Manufacturers: 1. Mercedes (156 points), 2. Audi
(109), 3. BMW (56).

 

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