BMW Team RMG sealed the Team title in DTM 2014

Racing | September 28th, 2014 by 1
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In the first race since Marco Wittmann (DE) was crowned DTM Drivers’ champion, BMW Team RMG sealed the Team title in Zandvoort (NL). Team principal …

In the first race since Marco Wittmann (DE) was crowned DTM Drivers’ champion, BMW Team RMG sealed the Team title in Zandvoort (NL). Team principal Stefan Reinhold’s (DE) outfit ended the penultimate race of the season with Wittmann in second place – his fifth podium of the year – and sixth place for Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM). With 193 points to its name, BMW Team RMG now goes into the season finale in Hockenheim (DE) with an unassailable lead. Martin is also assured of the “Rookie of the Year” title, making him the successor to team-mate and new DTM champion Wittmann.

At the end of a turbulent 43-lap race at the “Circuit Park Zandvoort”, with four safety car periods, Wittmann brought the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM home 7.4 seconds behind winner Mattias Ekström (SE, Audi). Third place went to Martin Tomczyk (DE) in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. The BMW Team Schnitzer driver stepped onto the podium for the first time since the race at the Nürburgring in 2012.

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The remaining BMW drivers missed out on the points. Bruno Spengler (CA) crossed the finish line eighth in the BMW Bank M4 DTM, but was handed a penalty for a collision shortly before the end of the race and has thus been classified in 17th place. Joey Hand (US) made a good start in the Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM, but was unable to hang on to a top-ten position. The American had to settle for 11th. BMW Team MTEK drivers Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) came home 13th and 14th. Glock was unfortunate when his car remained stationary at the start of the installation lap and had to start the race from the very back of the grid.

The race was over after just 18 laps for last year’s winner Augusto Farfus (BR). His Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM was hit from behind by a rival and spun off into the barriers. Farfus was unhurt, but had to leave his car in the gravel bed.

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Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“That was an extremely eventful race. The many safety car periods made it difficult to keep track of what was going on at times. We were constantly having to change our strategy, and the last few laps came down to a sprint. We are obviously happy to have two drivers on the podium. Marco Wittmann and Martin Tomczyk produced great performances and kept cool heads at all times. I am particularly pleased for Martin. He earned his reward for all his hard work today. At the same time, he confirmed the continuous improvement in his performances in recent races, and ended his long wait for a podium. Maxime Martin also had a great race and has already earned the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’. We are also delighted for BMW Team RMG, who won the Team competition today with one race to go. Congratulations to Mattias Ekström and Audi on their win.”

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Facts and figures from Zandvoort:  

Circuit / Date Zandvoort, 28th September 2014
Laps / Distance 43 laps, 4.307 km
2014 Pole Time Mike Rockenfeller (DE), 1:30.713 minutes
2014 Winner Mattias Ekström (SE), Audi
2014 Fastest Lap Marco Wittmann (DE), 1:32.441 minutes

 

Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR
Country BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE
Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24
Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG
Practice 1 10th 6th 7th 19th 3rd 20th 1st 12th
Practice 2 17th 22nd 8th 12th 5th 19th 13th 15th
Qualifying 20th 9th 15th 8th 14th 19th 2nd 17th
Race DNF 11th 17th 3rd 13th 14th 2nd 6th
2014 points 39 7 42 43 33 4 146 47
Current position 11th 20th 9th 8th 14th 21st 1st 6th
Weights +7.5kg +2.5kg +5kg +7.5kg +5 kg +/-0kg +7.5kg +7.5kg

 

DTM standings after 9 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ Championship.

1. Marco Wittmann (146 points), 2. Mattias Ekström (81), 3. Christian Vietoris (69), 4. Edoardo Mortara (68), 5. Mike Rockenfeller (54), 6. Maxime Martin (47), 7. Pascal Wehrlein (46), 8. Martin Tomczyk (43), 9. Bruno Spengler (42), 10. Robert Wickens (39), 11. Augusto Farfus (39), 12. Adrien Tambay (36), 13. Timo Scheider (35), 14. Timo Glock (33), 15. Miguel Molina (28), 16. Jamie Green (28), 17. Daniel Juncadella (26), 18. Paul di Resta (24), 19. Nico Müller (10), 20. Joey Hand (7), 21. António Félix da Costa (4), 22. Gary Paffett (4). 

Team Championship.

1. BMW Team RMG (193 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (109), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt (104),  4. Original-Teile Mercedes AMG (93), 5. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (89), 6. BMW Team Schnitzer (85), 7. gooix Mercedes AMG (46), 8. BMW Team RBM (46), 9. EURONICS / FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG (43) , 10. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (38), 11. BMW Team MTEK (37), 12. Petronas Mercedes AMG (26). 

Manufacturers’ Championship.

1. BMW (361 Punkte), 2. Audi (340), 3. Mercedes-Benz (208). 

2014 calendar.
4th May – Hockenheim (DE), 18th May – Oschersleben (DE), 1st June – Budapest (HU), 29th June – Norisring (DE), 13th July – Moscow (RU), 3rd August – Spielberg (AT), 17th August – Nürburgring (DE), 14th September – Lausitzring (DE), 28th September – Zandvoort (NL), 19th October – Hockenheim (DE). 

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