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BMW DTM results from this past weekend at Lausitzring

”dtm laus”

Saturday:

Maxime Martin (BEL) finished fourth in Saturday’s DTM race at the Lausitzring (GER), scoring his first points of the 2017 season. He was the best-placed BMW driver in qualifying and started the third race of the year from third place in his SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. After 43 laps, he crossed the finishing line in fourth place. The remaining BMW drivers missed out on the top ten.

Qualifying:
Maxime Martin had no problems dealing with conditions that had cooled down considerably compared with Friday, recording a personal best time of 01:16.404 minutes to secure third place in his SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM for which he was rewarded with one point in the drivers’ championship. Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM) also produced strong performances in qualifying, claiming fifth and sixth places respectively. Marco Wittmann (GER) finished in eleventh position in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, just missing out on a place in the top 10. Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished in 15th and 18th places respectively, but started the race from 14th and 17th due to the demotion of Jamie Green (GBR, Audi).

The race:
Maxime Martin started well from third place and was able to defend his position in the early stages. He was even able to progress to second place for a while. After making his pit stop just before the halfway point of the race, Martin remained on course for a podium finish. However, in the final third he was unable to prevent Robert Wickens (CAN, Mercedes) and René Rast (GER, Audi) from overtaking. Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist looked set to finish in the points before suffering setbacks. Blomqvist spun after contact in a battle with Paul di Resta (GBR, Mercedes) and fell back a long way. As a result, the Mercedes driver received a drive-through penalty. Glock got into difficulty just after his pit stop and lost places after sliding into the gravel trap. Glock finished the race in eleventh place, just ahead of Farfus, Wittmann and Spengler. After his involvement in an accident through no fault of his own, Blomqvist finished in 17th position.

The reactions:
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “It was a tough race today. It’s a shame that Maxime didn’t make it onto the podium. He tried his best and recorded the best possible result. It is really annoying for Tom to be turned by Paul di Resta. I think everyone now knows that you have to be careful with cold tyres. Something went wrong with Timo’s pit stop and we have to take a closer look at that. The DTM is so close that it is always difficult when things don’t run smoothly. Having just one car in the top 10, in fourth place, is not enough. We’ll take that result though, and make sure that we do better tomorrow. Congratulations to Mercedes on their win.”

Stefan Reinhold (team principal, BMW Team RMG): “We will analyse how we can do better tomorrow. Of course we are disappointed with how things went today. Timo was able to compete at the front during the first stint. He had some problems after the pit stop, but he was back on the pace later. Now we have to search for the cause of the problems. Tomorrow is a new day, and we want to go on the attack again.”

Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 11th, race result: 13th – 59 races, 8 wins, 16 podiums, 8 pole positions, 539 points, 2 Drivers’ titles): “It was a disappointing race for me and some of the other BMW drivers, but not for Maxime as he was able to claim fourth place. The others were just better than me today, they had less tyre wear and a better pace. Of course it is annoying that we didn’t finish in the points and it was a difficult day in general for BMW. Now we have to look and see where we can improve tomorrow.”

Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 14th, race result: 12th – 69 races, 4 wins, 12 podiums, 5 pole positions, 345 points): “It was an intense race. We just didn’t have the pace required to make progress. In the end, it was about staying in the group and trying to score a few points. That didn’t quite work out but I was able to make up some places. I think we did collect some important information that will help us tomorrow.”

Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 5th, race result: 11th – 59 races, 3 wins, 6 podiums, 2 pole positions, 238 points): “The start was actually OK and everything felt fine for the first few laps. At some point, we started to struggle with the tyres. I think we just stayed out too long but you can’t do much about that. After the pit stop, the car didn’t want to steer to the right and I had to go through the gravel. I have no idea what caused that. After that, the vibrations were causing me issues. It's a shame that we weren’t able to finish in the points today.”

Bart Mampaey (team principal, BMW Team RBM): “It was difficult for Bruno to start from the back but he produced a good race performance. We tried out a different strategy with him but it didn’t pay off. Bruno did his job well and was still there for BMW at the end. We will try to improve the car for tomorrow and challenge for better placing. As for Tom: what can I say? He was hit by another car that came out of the pits on cold tyres. It’s a big shame as he was in a top 10 position and was doing well. Maxime’s fourth place feels like a win today. He drove a great race. The strategy was fine but we will try to do better overall tomorrow.”

Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 17th, race result: 14th – 142 races, 14 wins, 45 podiums, 17 pole positions, 760 points, 1 Drivers’ title): “It was just a bad day for us. We have a lot of work to do to improve the car for tomorrow. Qualifying was difficult enough and things didn’t improve in the race. We will now work hard to prepare for tomorrow.”

Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid position: 6th, race result: 17th – 39 races, 1 win, 5 podiums, 1 pole position, 172 points): “It was a race to forget for me. I was in sixth place before my pit stop. One lap after my stop, Paul di Resta came out of the pit lane on cold tyres. I knew that it could get tight on turn four and I tried to leave plenty of room. He had some understeer and turned me, even though I had left enough space. I was in last place after that and couldn’t do anything else.”

Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 3rd, race result: 4th – 49 races, 2 wins, 6 podiums, 2 pole positions, 244 points): “It was a tough race for BMW. I did my best but the other teams just had too much pace in the race. It was difficult to combat that. I was hoping for a podium finish, and I wasn’t far off. But in the end, it wasn’t quite enough. Nonetheless: I am happy to have scored some points again. Now we have to work hard for tomorrow even though I think that it will be difficult again.”

Race 1 Highlights:



”dtm laus”

Sunday:

At the Lausitzring (GER), Maxime Martin (BEL) completed his 50th DTM race - and the 70th race for BMW Motorsport since the 2012 comeback - in eighth place. One day after his fourth-place finish in the third race of the season, he claimed four more points for the Drivers’ Championship on Sunday in his SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER) marked his 60th DTM start by finishing ninth in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. Tom Blomqvist (GBR) had performed well in qualifying to start from second place in the BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM but received a five-second ********* penalty after a jump start and dropped out of the points. A total of 67,500 spectators attended the Motorsport Festival in the Lausitz region .

Qualifying:
Tom Blomqvist just missed out on the second pole position of his DTM career. He recorded a time of 1:16.323 minutes in his BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM to lead the standings until just before the end of the session, when Robert Wickens (CAN, Mercedes) bettered his performance. However, second place on the grid is the best result of the season for Blomqvist and he was rewarded with two points in the Drivers’ Championship. After finishing fourth in Saturday’s race, Maxime Martin also performed well on Sunday, qualifying in fifth position in his SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann also made it into the top 10, claiming ninth and tenth places respectively. Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) were close behind in twelfth and 13th positions.

The race:
Tom Blomqvist started from the front row and was able to defend his second place in the early stages. However, he was punished for a jump start with a five-second ********* penalty that dropped him out of the points and couldn’t progress further than 17th place. The race went better for Maxime Martin, who scored more points in the Drivers’ Championship by finishing eighth. Marco Wittmann also made it into the top ten, finishing ninth after a late pit stop. Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler crossed the line in 14th, 15th and 16th positions.

The reactions:
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “Sunday’s race was also a tough one for us here at the Lausitzring. Of course, finishing with our best-placed cars in eighth and ninth positions is not the result we were hoping for. It was unfortunate that Tom made the jump start, even if it was very tight and that influenced the outcome of the race but we have to take a close look at the race as a whole and examine our strategy. It went well for Marco and he was able to maintain the pace. It could be that we called him in too early, otherwise he may have been able to improve by a few places. Overall, we didn’t choose particularly aggressive tactics, unlike Audi for example. You could see that their tactics paid off twice. It really wasn’t a great weekend for us. Congratulations to Audi on their win.”

Stefan Reinhold (team principal, BMW Team RMG): “We had a difficult start to the weekend on Saturday. We worked really hard again for the second race and we did manage to improve. But it was an unequal struggle for us in the race really. We are happy to have scored a few points at least. Marco drove a great race and the strategy was right. I would like to compliment all the mechanics on their hard work – weekends where we don’t win many points are just as demanding.”

Marco Wittmann (#11, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 10th, race result: 9th – 60 races, 8 wins, 16 podiums, 8 pole positions, 541 points, 2 Drivers’ titles): “I am fairly pleased with the result. We did the best we could today. I had decent pace and I was able to drive a long time before the first stop. I battled my way up to ninth, had a great contest with Lucas Auer and closed the gap to the cars ahead. However, the Audis were pretty much unassailable today. We still have plenty of work to do.”

Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 9th, race result: 14th – 70 races, 4 wins, 12 podiums, 5 pole positions, 345 points): “We were better in qualifying today but we simply didn’t have the required racing pace and that means that you can’t do much in the race. Everyone could see that all the BMWs were struggling with that in the race.”

Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 13th, race result: 15th – 60 races, 3 wins, 6 podiums, 2 pole positions, 238 points): “We had a tough weekend here – and unfortunately we didn't score any points. The fact remains: the Lausitzring isn’t our favourite circuit. The other teams were too strong here. Now we have to make sure that we are better set up for the other tracks. Nonetheless, I’d like to thank my team as the lads did a great job with no mistakes.”

Bart Mampaey (team principal, BMW Team RBM): “It was a difficult race, starting with Tom’s jump start. We will have to analyse that. The penalty meant that he had no chance in the race. We tried out a different strategy with Bruno and that worked quite well. We tried our best but it just didn’t quite work out. Maxime gave his all once again and eighth place was the best we were able to achieve. Now we have to work hard to ensure that we perform better in the next races at the Hungaroring.”

Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Bank BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 12th, race result: 16th – 143 races, 14 wins, 45 podiums, 17 pole positions, 760 points, 1 Drivers’ title): “We tried out a strategy with an early pit stop. With a bit of luck, you can go quite a long way with that kind of strategy. But it means that you drive for practically the whole race on one set of tyres, which was pretty difficult for us here. We have plenty of work to do and will try to improve our performance over the distance in particular. That is our challenge for the upcoming races.”

Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM – Grid position: 2nd, race result: 17th – 40 races, 1 win, 5 podiums, 1 pole position, 174 points): “I was having problems with the clutch, which lead to a jump start as I moved. I was really disappointed when I heard that I was being penalised. I didn’t really attack after that, but I wouldn't have had the pace for it. We need to find out why we are having problems with the race pace.”

Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid position: 5th, race result: 8th – 50 races, 2 wins, 6 podiums, 2 pole positions, 248 points): “It was a difficult race. We have to work on our race pace and realise that qualifying alone is not the key to success. We now have to push on and prepare for the next race.”

Race 2 Hightlights:



The standings:

Drivers: 1. Lucas Auer (69 points), 2. Jamie Green (53), 3. Gary Paffett (46), 4. Mike Rockenfeller (41), 5. Robert Wickens (38), 6. Mattias Ekström (32), 7. René Rast (31), 8. Timo Glock (25), 9. Nico Müller (20), 10. Edoardo Mortara (19), 11. Marco Wittmann (18), 12. Maxime Martin (17), 13. Paul di Resta (12), 14. Maro Engel (3), 15. Bruno Spengler (2), 16. Tom Blomqvist (2), 17. Augusto Farfus (0), 18. Loic Duval (0).

Teams: 1. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT (88 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (84), 3. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me (84), 4. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (52), 5. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (41), 6. BMW Team RMR (27), 7. BMW Team RBM (19), 8. BMW Team RMG (18), 9. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy (15).

Manufacturers: 1. Mercedes (187 points), 2. Audi (177), 3. BMW (64) .
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