Timo Glock (GER) and the Hockenheimring (GER) as soon as once more proved to be a fortunate mixture for BMW Motorsport within the 17th race of the DTM season. Having shone on the season-opener on the identical observe again in Could, the BMW Crew RMG driver impressed once more within the penultimate race of the yr. On the wheel of the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, Glock initially secured the fourth pole place of his DTM profession, earlier than ending third to take his place on the rostrum on the finish of a hard-fought race. Maxime Martin (BEL) certified second to make it an all-BMW entrance row, however narrowly missed out on a podium end in fourth place. Bruno Spengler (CAN) picked up one level for tenth place. Marco Wittmann (GER), Tom Blomqvist (GBR) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) have been 13th, 15th and 17th.
Earlier than the race, followers on the Hockenheimring have been handled to a singular spectacle, as three vehicles from the producers at the moment represented within the DTM took to the observe alongside a Nismo and a Lexus racing automobile. The Japanese visitors had beforehand accomplished plenty of demonstration laps.
In superb autumn sunshine, Timo Glock set the quickest time of 1:30.648 minutes within the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM. In doing so, he secured the fourth pole place of his DTM profession and the eighth of the season for BMW Motorsport. Maxime Martin, within the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, was simply zero.037 seconds slower than Glock in second place, and joined his fellow BMW driver on the entrance row of the grid. Glock obtained three factors in the direction of the Drivers’ Championship for his pole place, whereas Martin picked up two factors for second place. Marco Wittmann was eighth within the Purple Bull BMW M4 DTM, whereas Bruno Spengler certified 12th within the BMW Financial institution M4 DTM. Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (BMW Driving Expertise M4 DTM) have been 14th and 16th.
Timo Glock made an excellent begin from pole place and instantly pulled away from the pack on the opening lap. Maxime Martin misplaced second place to Jamie Inexperienced (GBR, Audi). Inexperienced then steadily reeled in Glock, and the pair turned embroiled in a spectacular duel for the lead, with Inexperienced popping out on prime in the long run. Martin briefly conceded third place to Edoardo Mortara (ITA, Mercedes), however retook the place as soon as the 2 vehicles had made their pit stops. The second half of the race noticed Mike Rockenfeller (GER, Audi) work his approach by way of the sector, overtaking first Martin after which Glock. The 2 BMW drivers in the end crossed the end line in third and fourth place. Glock claimed the ninth podium of his profession. Bruno Spengler overtook Mattias Ekström (SWE, Audi) shortly earlier than the end, and was rewarded with one level for tenth place. Marco Wittmann, Tom Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus got here residence 13th, 15th and 17th.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “As anticipated, that was a troublesome race at present. We had an excellent qualifying, however our guys needed to combat for each place within the race. Ultimately, third and fourth for Timo Glock and Maxime Martin, and tenth place for Bruno Spengler, have been essentially the most we might get out of the race. We will certainly give it every little thing and push onerous once more tomorrow.”
Stefan Reinhold (Crew Principal, BMW Crew RMG): “We didn’t actually count on to finish the race in the identical positions as after qualifying however Timo did a brilliant job. Sadly, we had a technical concern throughout Augusto’s pit cease. In Marco’s case, we’ve got to do every little thing we are able to to search out extra tempo tomorrow. There’s positively room for enchancment.”
Marco Wittmann (#11, Purple Bull BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: eightth place, race end result: 13th place – 73 races, eight wins, 19 podiums, 9 pole positions, 657 factors, 2 drivers’ titles): “Sadly, we have been merely missing tempo at present. The automobile was barely broken by a bump with Mike Rockenfeller on the opening lap. I then discovered myself dropping again by way of the sector as a substitute of creating up positions. All in all, it was a disappointing race, and I hope we’ve got a greater day tomorrow.”
Augusto Farfus (#15, Shell BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 14th place, race end result: 17th place – 83 races, four wins, 12 podiums, 6 pole positions, 374 factors):“We clearly anticipated greater than that. My begin was good, however we then misplaced an excessive amount of time in the course of the pit cease. These items occur in motorsport. Who is aware of, we might have been on for a top-ten end in any other case.”
Timo Glock (#16, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 1st place, race end result: threerd place – 73 races, four wins, 9 podiums, four pole positions, 346 factors): “That was fairly a race. My response time initially was superior, and I used to be capable of draw back from the sector at first. After that, it quickly turned obvious that Jamie Inexperienced merely had much more tempo over the race distance. He overtook me, though I did attempt to fend him off – however that solely labored for some time. He was in the end far faster than me. Shedding one other place to Rocky on the ultimate lap clearly hurts a bit, however I had no grip left and will do nothing about it.”
Bart Mampaey (Crew Principal, BMW Crew RBM): “I believe we did in addition to attainable. We completed fourth with Maxime, which is an effective end result. Sadly, the beginning was not splendid. Nevertheless, we gave it our all, fought onerous, and tried to defend our positions. Bruno got here by way of from the back-end of the grid to complete within the factors. All in all, it isn’t a foul end result for us however we’ll attempt to do even higher tomorrow.”
Bruno Spengler (#7, BMW Financial institution BMW M4 DTM – Grid place:12th place, race end result: 10th place – 156 races, 15 wins, 48 podiums, 18 pole positions, 833 factors, 1 drivers’ title): “Earlier than the race we knew that it was going to take fairly an effort. And we positively fought onerous. Luckily, we have been capable of do a protracted first stint. That meant I had recent tyres on the finish, and was capable of go on the assault once more. That was essential, as I used to be capable of choose up a degree that approach. I’d clearly have preferred to move Gary Paffett too, however he shut the door on me. To attain a degree from 12th place on the grid is okay.”
Tom Blomqvist (#31, BMW Driving Expertise M4 DTM – Grid place: 16thplace, race end result: 15th place – 53 races, 1 win, 5 podiums, 2 pole positions, 194 factors): “That was not an excellent race. There was probably not a lot we might do at present ranging from that far again. We tried to remain out so long as attainable however that didn’t assist us both. We are going to go once more tomorrow, and can push onerous once more.”
Maxime Martin (#36, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – Grid place: 2nd place, race end result: fourth place – 63 races, three wins, 10 podiums, three pole positions, 355 factors): “It was a troublesome race, and we fought onerous, nevertheless Audi is just too robust for the time being. We did our greatest, however that’s about as a lot as we are able to hope for at current. We’ll see what we are able to do tomorrow once we will clearly attempt to rating as many factors as attainable once more.”
Drivers: 1. Mattias Ekström (172 factors), 2. Jamie Inexperienced (163), three. René Rast (159), four. Mike Rockenfeller (152), 5. Lucas Auer (135), 6. Marco Wittmann (134), 7. Timo Glock (133), eight. Maxime Martin (124), 9. Robert Wickens (119), 10. Paul di Resta (99), 11. Gary Paffett (90), 12. Nico Müller (81), 13. Bruno Spengler (75), 14. Edoardo Mortara (59), 15. Maro Engel (51), 16. Augusto Farfus (29), 17. Loic Duval (22), 18. Tom Blomqvist (22).
Groups: 1. Audi Sport Crew Rosberg (322 factors), 2. Audi Sport Crew Abt Sportsline (253), three. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me (209), four. BMW Crew RBM (199), 5. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT (194), 6. Audi Sport Crew Phoenix (174), 7. BMW Crew RMG (163), eight. BMW Crew RMR (155), 9. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Vitality (150).
Producers: 1. Audi (749 factors), 2. Mercedes (553), three. BMW (517).