Overtaking manoeuvres, rain, and movement aplenty: Marco Wittmann on a lectern for BMW after overwhelming fightback.

Hockenheim. The BMW DTM teams claimed dual lectern finishes and
one hang position on a opening weekend of a 2017 deteriorate in
Hockenheim (GER). Timo Glock (GER) followed adult his second place in
Saturday’s competition by securing hang position on Sunday. He finished a
turbulent, rain-affected competition in eighth place. DTM champion Marco
Wittmann (GER) constructed a illusory fightback in difficult
conditions: starting from 17th on a grid, he cut
by a margin to finish third on Sunday and take his place on
a lectern for a initial time this year. Bruno Spengler also
finished in a points in ninth place.

 

Qualifying:
Timo Glock cumulative a second pole
position of his DTM career in an sparkling subordinate session. With the
lane drying out, he and BMW Team RMG (RMR) got their timing mark on
and clocked a fastest time of 1:31.406 mins on slicks shortly
before a finish of a session. In suitability with a new DTM
regulations, he is rewarded for his bid with 3 points in the
Drivers’ Championship. Augusto Farfus (BRA) was impossibly unlucky: he
set a second fastest time, though subsequently saw this time private as
he had started his final path a fragment of a second after qualifying
had drawn to a close. As such, Bruno Spengler (CAN) was the
second-best BMW motorist in sixth place. He was followed by Tom
Blomqvist (GBR), Maxime Martin (BEL), Marco Wittmann (GER) and Farfus
in 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th.

 

The race:

Timo Glock, during a circle of a DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, started the
competition from hang position in dry conditions, and was primarily means to
urge his lead. Following an early reserve automobile phase, he mislaid places
during a eventful, Indy-style restart. The competition came to a beforehand end
shortly after that for Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus. As a new
restart format done a competition debut, both drivers were concerned in
collisions. Martin had no choice though to lift off a lane immediately
in a SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. Farfus returned to a garage in the
shop-worn Shell BMW M4 DTM after 14 laps. With Glock, Bruno Spengler
(BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) all running
in a tip ten, a sleet began to tumble during a median indicate of the
race. Glock and Spengler had already pitted before to a conflict of
rain, and had to come in again to switch to wet-weather tyres. This
forsaken them out of row for a mark on a podium. Wittmann
behind his imperative array stop prolonged adequate to be means to switch
true onto wet-weather tyres. He eventually came home third – a
illusory fightback from 17th on a grid. Glock and
Spengler also finished in a points in eighth and ninth. Tom
Blomqvist was 12th in a BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM.

 

The reactions:

 

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “That was a
harrowing second competition here in Hockenheim. From fun and games with
a continue to an Indy restart, a competition had a bit of everything. It
was unequivocally tough fought. A outrageous enrich goes to Marco, who came
by from 17th to finish third. A glorious race! It was
not easy in a rain, though he done no mistakes. It was a contrition for Timo
that he maybe came in a small too early for his array stop. Apart
from that it was a good effort. We finished in a tip 10 with three
cars. It would have been good to have finished a small serve adult the
field, though we are happy to take a points. On a whole, we have a
pretentious opening weekend of a 2017 DTM behind us. The measures
that were implemented unequivocally paid off, and a drivers put on a great
uncover for a fans opposite a illusory backdrop. The races were
exciting, with any of a 3 manufacturers finishing on a podium
in both races. we am assured we have a illusory deteriorate forward of us.
We now pierce on to a Lausitzring.”

 

Stefan Reinhold (team principal, BMW Team RMG):
“Marco and a whole group were apparently unhappy after
qualifying, though we were all good wakeful that anything was still
probable in a race. He did a illusory job. We were quick, and today
showed that a new BMW M4 DTM runs well in a rain. Timo’s pit
stop was unequivocally too early. We did not design a sleet to be so
heavy. We had designed to continue on slicks for a whole competition but
that was simply not probable in that kind of rain. However, Timo’s
opening was unequivocally good. It is a good contrition for Augusto, since he
was concerned in a collision and a automobile postulated too most damage.”

 

Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
17th, competition result: 3rd – 58 races, 8 wins, 16
podiums, 8 hang positions, 539 points, 2 Drivers’ titles):
“That was a mega race. we am intensely happy with third place.
Having started from 17th on a grid, it feels like a win.
we had a illusory opening lap, and we done adult some-more places after the
restart. When it started to rain, it was impossibly formidable to
confirm when to switch to wet-weather tyres. we consider we eventually made
a right decision. The plan worked out perfectly.”

 

Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
18th, competition result: DNF – 68 races, 4 wins, 12 podiums, 5
hang positions, 345 points):
“Unfortunately, that was a
unequivocally tough weekend for me. We had a pretentious path in qualifying,
though unfortunately it did not count. In a race, we was strike from
several sides during a restart. It was flattering chaotic. we can't tell you
accurately what happened.”

 

Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
1st, competition result: 8th – 58 races, 3 wins, 6
podiums, 2 hang positions, 238 points):
“In my opinion,
Jamie did not hang to a manners during a restart, and we don’t really
know a five-second penalty. Apart from that, we unfortunately
gambled a bit and mislaid today. we suspicion it was usually going to be a
brief shower, so attempted to save myself a array stop. When Bruno afterwards came
into a pits and we stayed out only one path longer, it was transparent that
it was not a right decision. Fortunately, we was means to quarrel my way
behind into a points after that. With that in mind, we am happy with
today’s race. That one preference aside, a weekend has generally been
a unequivocally good one for us. It was good to see Marco come from a behind of
a grid to finish on a podium. we am gratified for him and a entire
team, who did a illusory pursuit and worked hard.”

 

Bart Mampaey (team principal, BMW Team RBM): “That
was a unsatisfactory competition for us. Two cars were concerned in incidents
again. Maxime done a good start, though afterwards had to retire. Tom once
again had a collision unequivocally early in a race, that was a good shame.
We did conduct to measure a initial points of a weekend with Bruno. We
motionless early on that we were going to send him behind out on slicks –
that we trust was a unequivocally good strategy. When it afterwards started to
rain, we had to move him in for another stop. Our pursuit is now to
continue to work tough and pull conclusions from a opening race
weekend. Congratulations to Marco on his illusory race.”

 

Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
6th, competition result: 9th – 141 races, 14 wins, 45
podiums, 17 hang positions, 760 points, 1 Drivers’ title):
“Luck played a pivotal purpose in today’s race. Unfortunately, it
was not on a side. We came into a pits and propitious a new set of
slicks, that was a right plan during a time. Unfortunately, it
started to sleet shortly after that, and we had to come in again. That
cost us a few points today. However, that is partial and parcel of
motorsport – infrequently we are lucky, infrequently unlucky. It is
apparently disappointing, since a group did a super pursuit to continue
to urge a car. we will now concentration entirely on a subsequent race.”

 

Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid
position: 14th, competition result: 12th – 38 races,
1 win, 5 podiums, 1 hang position, 172 points):
“That was
not a good race. we didn’t have a good start again, and afterwards had
hit with another automobile on a opening lap. The IndyCar restart was
utterly a mess. we overwhelmed another automobile and shop-worn my automobile in a process.
we lacked gait as a result. Even with a early array stop, there was not
a lot we could do. It was a genuine shame, though we have to demeanour forward now
and concentration entirely on a entrance competition weekend during a Lausitzring.
Hopefully we will do improved there.”

 

Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position:
15th, competition result: DNF – 48 races, 2 wins, 6 podiums, 2
hang positions, 231 points):
“I had a unequivocally good start from
15th on a grid, and had shortly climbed into seventh place.
My rain came during a restart after a reserve car. we was pretty
most sandwiched between dual other cars and was incompetent to equivocate the
hit with René Rast. That collision pennyless a cessation on my car.”

 

The standings:

 

Drivers: 1. Lucas Auer (40 points), 2. Jamie Green
(26), 3. Gary Paffett (26), 4. Timo Glock (25), 5.
Mike Rockenfeller (21), 6. Marco Wittmann (16), 7.
Edoardo Mortara (13), 8. Nico Müller (12), 9. Paul di Resta (12), 10.
Mattias Ekström (10), 11. René Rast (10), 12. Bruno Spengler
(2),
13. Maro Engel (1), 14. Maxime Martin (0), 15.
Tom Blomqvist (0), 16. Augusto Farfus (0),
17. Loic Duval
(0), 18. Robert Wickens (0).

 

Teams: 1. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT (53 points), 2.
Audi Sport Team Rosberg (34), 3. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me
(26), 4. BMW Team RMR (25), 5. Audi Sport Team Abt
Sportsline (22), 6. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (21), 7. BMW Team
RMG (16),
8. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy
(13), 9. BMW Team RBM (2).

 

Manufacturers: 1. Mercedes (92 points), 2. Audi
(77), 3. BMW (43).

 

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