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Podium at Brands Hatch for DTM champion Bruno Spengler

Racing | May 20th, 2013 by 2
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Following the successful season-opener in Hockenheim (DE), the podium at the second DTM race of the year again featured a BMW driver: BMW Team Schnitzer …

Following the successful season-opener in Hockenheim (DE), the podium at the second DTM race of the year again featured a BMW driver: BMW Team Schnitzer driver Bruno Spengler (CA) crossed the finish line in second place in the BMW Bank M3 DTM at the 1.929-kilometre “Brands Hatch Circuit”, a repeat of last year’s result. At the end of 98 laps, the reigning DTM champion came home 7.641 seconds behind winning Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller (DE). Robert Wickens (CA) finished third in his Mercedes to complete the podium.

The second best-placed BMW driver was Marco Wittmann (DE) from BMW Team MTEK in only his second DTM race. The 23-year-old was fourth in the Ice-Watch BMW M3 DTM, ahead of BMW Team RBM driver Joey Hand (US) in fifth. This marked the best result of both drivers’ DTM careers. Augusto Farfus (BR) was extremely unlucky. Running second, the winner of the opening race of the season in Hockenheim (DE) had no choice but to retire after 65 laps due to a technical problem on the Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM.

Podium at Brands Hatch for DTM champion Bruno Spengler

Dirk Werner (DE), Timo Glock (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) finished 12th, 13th and 14th. Having been stripped of his pole position, Tomczyk had at one point managed to fight his way back into the top ten from last place on the grid. However, he was then forced off the track in a bumper-to-bumper duel, dashing any hopes of finishing in the points. Like both Tomczyk and Glock, Andy Priaulx (GB) was also involved in an incident and eventually crossed the line in 19th.

The new leader in the Drivers’ Championship is Rockenfeller with 29 points. Spengler trails Rockenfeller by just one point. Farfus is third, courtesy of the 25 points he received for winning race one. BMW Team Schnitzer has taken over at the top of the team competition followed by BMW Team RBM. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, BMW still leads with 101 points to its name.

Tomczyk and Farfus have another opportunity to secure a good result this weekend. Immediately after the race at Brands Hatch, the two BMW drivers set off for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE), where they will join up with BMW Team Schubert and take to the track in the BMW Z4 GT3 on Sunday evening.

Podium at Brands Hatch for DTM champion Bruno Spengler

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Generally speaking, we can be happy with the second race of the season. Three drivers in the top five is a very good result at any race. However, when you start the race with six drivers in the top ten, you have to admit it could have been even better. Runner-up Bruno Spengler and his team did an excellent job. I am also delighted for Marco Wittmann, whose fourth place in only his second DTM race shows what huge potential he possesses. Joey Hand, who finished fifth, also produced an impressive performance all weekend. Augusto Farfus, on the other hand, was unlucky. Like at Hockenheim, he was clearly on course for a podium finish before he had to retire with a technical problem. A number of manoeuvres out on the track were right on the edge, and our drivers were the ones who suffered. Congratulations to Audi and Mike Rockenfeller on their victory.”

Note the editors: A second press release will be issued shortly, including further statements from the four BMW team principals and the drivers about the race.

Facts and figures Brands Hatch:

Circuit / Date Brands Hatch Circuit, 19th May 2013
Lap / Distance 98 laps, 1.929 km
2013 Pole position Mike Rockenfeller (DE), 41.193 seconds
2013 Winner Mike Rockenfeller (DE)
2013 Fastest Lap Gary Paffett (GB), 42.124 seconds

 

Driver SPE WER FAR HAN TOM PRI WIT GLO
Country CA DE BR US DE GB DE DE
Car number 1 2 7 8 15 16 21 22
Team BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK
Free practice 4th 11th 6th 7th 8th 13th 1st 19th
Qualifying 4th 14th 2nd 3rd - 7th 6th 10th
Race 2nd 12th - 5th 14th 19th 4th 13th
2013 points 28 18 25 16 - - 14 -
Current position 2nd 6th 3rd 7th - - 9th -

 

Standings after 2 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ standings.
1. Mike Rockenfeller (29 points), 2. Bruno Spengler (28), 3. Augusto Farfus (25), 4. Gary Paffett (20), 5. Christian Vietoris (19), 6. Dirk Werner (18), 7. Joey Hand (16), 8. Robert Wickens (15), 9. Marco Wittmann (14), 10. Timo Scheider (10).

Team standings.
1. BMW Team Schnitzer (46 points), 2. BMW Team RBM (41), 3. STIHL / AMG Mercedes (34), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (29), 5. EURONICS / THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG (21), 6. BMW Team MTEK (14), 7. Audi Sport Team Abt (10), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (6), stern / AMG Mercedes (1). 

Manufacturer standings.
1. BMW (101 points), 2. Mercedes-Benz (56), 3. Audi (45). 

2013 calendar:

5th May – Hockenheim (DE), 19th May – Brands Hatch (GB), 2nd June – Spielberg (AT), 16th June – Lausitzring (DE), 14th July – Norisring (DE), 4th August – Moscow (RU), 18th August – Nürburgring (DE), 15th September – Oschersleben (DE), 29th September – Zandvoort (NL), 20th October – Hockenheim (DE).

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  • Giom

    I feel really bad for Augusto, that is rotten luck. Same with Martin the previous day… what a let down! Great to see BMW at the front of the field – consistently this year. Another championship victory would be great, mean time, it’s just good to see our marque battling it out with the others.

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