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MARCO WITTMANN FIGHTS HIS WAY TO VALUBLE POINTS FOR BMW IN THE DTM TITLE BATTLE

24th September 2016. Marco Wittmann (DE, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) remains a model of consistency in the current DTM season: despite difficult conditions, he came home seventh to finish in the points again in race 15 of the season at the Hungaroring (HU). The six points gained in Hungary mean Wittmann continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship with 176 points. His lead over Edoardo Mortara (IT, Audi), who won Saturday’s race, is now 14 points. BMW Team RMG and BMW are now second in the Team and Manufacturers’ competitions.p90235970_lowres_budapest-hu-24th-sep

The remaining BMW drivers finished outside the points. Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM), Tom Blomqvist (GB, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM), Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM), Bruno Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM), António Félix da Costa (PT, BMW M4 DTM) and Augusto Farfus (BR, Shell BMW M4 DTM) were 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 20th.

Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) made a promising start to his fourth-from-last DTM race, but spun after a collision on the opening lap and dropped well down the field.

Reactions to the 15th race of the 2016 DTM season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “As we had to expect after qualifying, that was hard work. With so many Audis out in front, it is difficult to make your way to the very front of the field. Marco made a great start and spotted the gap in turn one, although Mattias Ekström did not make his life easy. He then defended his seventh place with everything he had. Unfortunately, the race was very static, which is a shame for the fans. We must improve in qualifying tomorrow to end the race further in front.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 7th place): “Seventh place was the most we could manage today. I had a very good start, but a particularly awesome first corner. I mustered all my courage and braked late. That allowed me to overtake two Audis in one go. We did not stand a chance against the Audi dominance today, but six points are very valuable. Let’s see how we get on tomorrow.”

Maxime Martin (BMW Team RBM, 12th place): “There is not a lot I can say about today. It was not a good race. We did not have any major problems, but we simply did not have the pace. We must try to do better tomorrow and start from further up the grid. However, it seems as though Audi is very strong here, so we will just have to wait and see how tomorrow pans out.”

Tom Blomqvist (BMW Team RBM, 13th place): “My start was okay. I had a few contacts on the first lap, was forced very wide in turn two and was then pushed off the track in turn 12. Therefore, it was a tough opening lap and I lost a few positions. The rest of the race was not easy either. We did not have the pace we needed, and must do better tomorrow.”

Timo Glock (BMW Team RMG, 14th place): “It was obviously difficult to do anything from 13th on the grid. Plus, my opening lap was far from good and I lost two or three positions. The positive thing is that the car gradually felt better over the course of the day, even though that was not reflected in my 14th place. It is difficult to break the Audi dominance here at the Hungaroring. However, I am pleased that Marco managed to score more valuable points in the title race.”

Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 15th place): “We did not perform as hoped in qualifying. The balance of my car was not ideal. The race was a bit better. I had a very good start and was able to gain a few places. Ultimately, however, there is not a lot you can do from 21st on the grid. We have to do our homework and learn our lessons, in order to do better than 15th tomorrow.”

António Félix da Costa (BMW Team Schnitzer, 17th place): “We were relegated five places on the grid today, which is why we only used one set of tyres in qualifying. Because of this, we made certain compromises this morning, in order to have a better Sunday tomorrow. It is always tough to start a race from so far down the field, but it was fun. I had a few great battles out there and brought the car home in one piece.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team MTEK, 20th place): “The track does not really seem to suit our car, and we started from so far down the field that a good result was simply not possible. However, I have to say that the car did not feel that bad in the race. Therefore, I am not feeling too negative. This is obviously not the result we were aiming for, but the race did help us gain experience. We will now try to put what we learned into practice, and put on a better display tomorrow.”

Martin Tomczyk (BMW Team Schnitzer, 22nd place): “The most important thing is that Marco managed to limit the damage in the title battle in today’s race. He once again made the most of what was a difficult situation for us. He could not have done any better than seventh place. The race was far from ideal for me. On the whole, none of us produced the kind of performance we expect from ourselves.”

DTM standings.

Drivers’ Championship.

1. Marco Wittmann (176 points), 2. Edoardo Mortara (162), 3. Jamie Green (137), 4. Robert Wickens (121), 5. Paul di Resta (100), 6. Tom Blomqvist (93), 7. Nico Müller (88), 8. Mattias Ekström (82), 9. Maxime Martin (76), 10. Gary Paffett (73), 11. Lucas Auer (68), 12. Timo Glock (58), 13. Bruno Spengler (51), 14. Augusto Farfus (44), 15. Christian Vietoris (42), 16. Miguel Molina (41), 17. Adrien Tambay (22), 18. Maximilian Götz (17), 19. Mike Rockenfeller (17), 20. António Félix da Costa (16), 21. Martin Tomczyk (13), 22. Daniel Juncadella (6), 23. Felix Rosenqvist (5), 24. Timo Scheider (3), 25. Esteban Ocon (2).

 Team Championship.

1. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (244 points), 2. BMW Team RMG (234), 3. BMW Team RBM (169), 4. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (159), 5. Audi Sport Team Abt (129), 6. SILBERPFEIL Energy/UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG (127), 7. Mercedes-AMG (117), 8. BWT Mercedes-AMG (110), 9. BMW Team MTEK (95), 10. EURONICS/FREEMEN`S WORLDMercedes-AMG (80), 11. BMW Team Schnitzer (29), 12. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (22).

 Manufacturers’ Championship.

1.Audi (554 points), 2. BMW (527), 3. Mercedes-Benz (434).

Source. BMW

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