Marco Wittmann (GER) in sixth place and Timo Glock (GER) in seventh have been the 2 best-placed BMW drivers within the Sunday DTM race on the Pink Bull Ring in Spielberg (AUT). Maxime Martin (BEL) was heading in the right direction for a factors end within the 16th race of the yr, however fell again to eleventh place within the closing phases. Augusto Farfus (BRA) was 12th, adopted by Tom Blomqvist (GBR) in 13th whereas Bruno Spengler (CAN) got here residence 16th.
Within the Drivers’ Championship, Wittmann is now fifth with 134 factors forward of the finale in Hockenheim (GER). Trailing championship chief Mattias Ekström (SWE, Audi) by 38 factors, he nonetheless has a mathematical likelihood of defending his title. Victory on Sunday went to Audi driver René Rast (GER).
Marco Wittmann, within the Pink Bull BMW M4 DTM, was as soon as once more the person difficult for a begin place on the entrance of the sphere. His quickest time of 1:22.156 minutes landed the reigning champion third place – zero.201 seconds behind Jamie Inexperienced (Audi, GBR), who secured pole place. An additional three BMW drivers – Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) in seventh, Tom Blomqvist (BMW Driving Expertise M4 DTM) in ninth and Bruno Spengler (BMW Financial institution M4 DTM) in tenth – certified within the prime ten locations. Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) and Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) have been eleventh and twelfth quickest.
Wittmann defended third place firstly, whereas Blomqvist climbed to seventh, adopted by Glock and Spengler. Farfus (finish of lap one) and Blomqvist (after lap three) got here in for early stops. Wittmann misplaced a place on lap 9, however got here straight in for his tyre change. As he returned to the observe on chilly tyres, he was capable of fend off Ekström. His subsequent battle then started on lap 21 with Ekström’s fellow Audi driver Nico Müller (SUI), who Wittmann was in the end unable to maintain behind him. Glock was the final BMW driver to come back into the pits after 24 laps. The BMW M4 GTS DTM Security Automotive made an look on lap 29, after Lucas Auer (Mercedes, AUT) hit the crash obstacles following contact with Spengler. The BMW driver was given a drive-through penalty for his half within the incident. The following security automobile part noticed the sphere bunch collectively once more. There was some jostling for place on the restart, and Wittmann dropped again quite a few positions. The race stewards wasted little time in deciding that Ekström needed to permit Wittmann again in entrance of him, nonetheless, as he had compelled him too far off the observe on the restart. Wittmann ultimately crossed the end line in sixth place after an eventful last few laps, intently adopted by Glock in seventh. Martin, Farfus and Blomqvist have been eleventh, 12th and 13th, whereas Spengler completed 16th.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “On the entire, it was a tricky weekend for us in Spielberg. On Saturday, the rostrum positions have been out of attain for us. A minimum of three of our drivers have been capable of choose up factors. Sunday’s race was additionally laborious work for us. Marco Wittmann was blocked a number of occasions, and ruined his tyres within the course of which meant he needed to accept sixth place in the long run. Regardless of this, a giant praise has to go to Marco, who stored his nerve and got here away with eight factors. The remainder of the blokes additionally fought for each level. On the entire, I can not perceive why the opposition continues to be taking part in such pointless tactical video games, though they clearly are forward by way of efficiency. The state of affairs within the total standings might look comparatively easy now, however we’re nonetheless trying ahead to the grand finale in Hockenheim. We’ll attempt to finish the season with one other good consequence, and to placed on an amazing present for the numerous BMW followers there.”
Stefan Reinhold (Crew Principal, BMW Crew RMG): “We have been a bit stronger in qualifying as we speak than we have been on Saturday. Sadly, we have been unable to transform our begin place into a great race consequence. Marco misplaced helpful locations on the restart. He was compelled off the observe, for which there was a penalty. Nonetheless, as soon as your tyres are soiled, you’ve a transparent drawback by way of efficiency, which you can not make up for. The group did the perfect job potential this weekend.”
Marco Wittmann (#11, Pink Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: threerd place, race consequence: 6th place – 72 races, eight wins, 19 podiums, 9 pole positions, 657 factors, 2 drivers’ titles): “I’m upset and indignant. Following the modifications to the load state of affairs, Audi now clearly has the automobile with the perfect race tempo within the discipline. If you happen to nonetheless really feel it mandatory to dam the opposition, then that isn’t on. I’m the sort of racing driver who needs to see laborious however truthful racing. Sadly, that was not the case as we speak.”
Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 12th place, race consequence: 12th place – 82 races, four wins, 12 podiums, 6 pole positions, 374 factors):“Our early cease didn’t repay. The tyres degraded too rapidly. We stopped once more in the course of the security automobile part. That was a intelligent tactical transfer, however we have been unable to capitalise on it on the restart. We’ll now consider Hockenheim.”
Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 7th place, race consequence: 7th place – 72 races, four wins, eight podiums, three pole positions, 328 factors): “It was usually a tough race. I put my religion fully within the group when it got here to the technique, however sadly the pit cease was not the smoothest. I then discovered myself behind Marco after the protection automobile part, and ultimately got here residence seventh.”
Bart Mampaey (Crew Principal, BMW Crew RBM): “That was a disappointing day for us. Maxime Martin struggled with again issues, which meant it was not a straightforward race for him. Our technique truly labored rather well. Maxime was heading in the right direction to complete within the factors. They have been additionally inside reaching distance for Bruno Spengler and Tom Blomqvist. Nonetheless, the Indycar begin was a lottery. The tyres on all our vehicles collected rather a lot pick-up and we have been unable to defend our positions. We’ll attempt to do higher at Hockenheim.”
Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Financial institution BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 10th place, race consequence: 16th place – 155 races, 15 wins, 48 podiums, 18 pole positions, 832 factors, 1 drivers’ title): “I had an unlucky state of affairs within the race. I out-braked Paul di Resta, and Lucas Auer abruptly appeared within the flip at that very second. I hit the again nook of his automobile and he spun off. It was unfortunate, and I used to be given a drive-through penalty. A factors end was positively potential as we speak.”
Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Expertise M4 DTM – Grid place: 9thplace, race consequence: 13th place – 52 races, 1 win, 5 podiums, 2 pole positions, 194 factors): “I had a great begin, however then got here into the pits actually early. That didn’t pay dividends. After a sure level within the race, my tyres have been completed. I then dropped again via the sphere like a stone. The restart was okay – however the third and fourth turns weren’t. The remainder of the race and the consequence have been disappointing.”
Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 11th place, race consequence: 11th place – 62 races, three wins, 10 podiums, three pole positions, 341 factors): “It was a tricky race. I truly appeared odds-on to select up just a few factors, however I then misplaced locations on the restart. I used to be compelled offline in flip one however by no means thoughts, I’m nonetheless blissful. I’ve struggled with again pains since yesterday, however was capable of end the race. I solely simply missed out on the factors in eleventh place. It was positively a tricky combat.”
Drivers: 1. Mattias Ekström (172 factors), 2. René Rast (151), three. Jamie Inexperienced (137), four. Mike Rockenfeller (134), 5. Marco Wittmann (134), 6. Lucas Auer (131), 7. Timo Glock (115), eight. 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).
Groups: 1. Audi Sport Crew Rosberg (288 factors), 2. Audi Sport Crew Abt Sportsline (253), three. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me (201), four. BMW Crew RBM (184), 5. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT (180), 6. BMW Crew RMG (163), eight. Audi Sport Crew Phoenix (156), eight. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Power (150), 9. BMW Crew RMR (137).
Producers:1. Audi (697 factors), 2. Mercedes (531), three. BMW (484).