DTM at Zandvoort: Four BMW drivers pick up points in Saturday’s race

Racing | July 14th, 2018 by 0
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In the ninth race of the 2018 DTM season at Zandvoort (NED), four BMW drivers picked up points. Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM), Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM), Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW M4 DTM) crossed the finish line in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth places respectively after 34 laps. The win went to Mercedes’ Gary Paffett (GBR). Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) in 12thand 14thplace missed out on the points.

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Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development):
“We got four cars in the top ten today which is a solid team performance. Augusto and Joel were able gain on their qualifying positions, which is not a given here at Zandvoort. Timo and Marco had to stop earlier than planned and unfortunately were unable to move up the field but they picked up valuable points in the battle for the championship. The safety car brought the field back together. Overall, Mercedes was stronger today. Congratulations on the win. Now we will try to close the gap for tomorrow.”

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Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):
“We struggled in qualifying today but we are happy that we brought all three cars home in a row in the race top-ten. It goes without saying that we want to finish higher up the field. That is our goal for tomorrow.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG – qualifying result: 6thplace, race result: 7thplace, points: 98):
“It was a difficult race which was dominated by Mercedes. Despite the safety car period we were unable to attack the top spots. The four BMWs in the top-ten were all at a similar level but it is always a shame when you are unable to do better in the race.”

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG – qualifying result: 10thplace, race result: 8thplace, points: 12):
“Eighth place was the maximum today. Together with Marco and Timo we delivered a solid team performance. Naturally a better grid position helps. That’s the goal for tomorrow – and then we’ll see how the second race goes.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying result: 5thplace, race result: 6thplace, points: 100):
“The actual race wasn’t that difficult because I was able to drive in my rhythm. I made a mistake at the start when I didn’t bank on Robin Frijns overtaking me. I should have closed the door better. After that it was soon clear that the guys at the front pulled away. Then things were exciting again at the restart and in the first half of the lap after that. Mercedes is incredibly strong here and Audi also looked good. We need to try and improve by tomorrow.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):
“We had to make earlier stops than planned with two of our cars, while with Joel we were able to stay out longer. That paid off for him. He had comparatively fresher tyres at the end, so he was able to overtake Jamie Green. Now we need to see how we can improve for tomorrow.”

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying result: 13thplace, race result: 14thplace, points: 53):
“This race has shown me once again that you need to finish further up the field in qualifying. I drove a good race with a few good manoeuvres so it’s disappointing to only cross the finish line in 14thplace.” 

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying result: 12thplace, race result: 12thplace, points: 43):
“Naturally, I am not satisfied with 12thposition. The potential was there in qualifying but then we didn’t have the pace in the race. Now, we need to see what we can improve for tomorrow.”

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying result: 15thplace, race result: 9thplace, points: 27):
“Normally you aren’t satisfied with ninth, but I’m very pleased with that result today. Finishing in the points after starting from 15thon the grid is great. It’s almost impossible to overtake here. The pit stop was also fantastic. That’s why I can be happy today.”

Race results:

Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
1 united_kingdomGary Paffett Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 57’29.724
2 united_kingdomPaul di Resta Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1.422
3 austria Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1.865
4 germany Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 2.290
5 netherlands Robin Frijns Audi RS5 DTM 2.697
6 germany Timo Glock BMW M4 DTM 4.122
7 germany Marco Wittmann BMW M4 DTM 6.863
8 brazil Augusto Farfus BMW M4 DTM 7.201
9 sweden Joel Eriksson BMW M4 DTM 7.867
10 united_kingdom Jamie Green Audi RS5 DTM 8.548
11 france Loic Duval Audi RS5 DTM 8.885
12 canada Bruno Spengler BMW M4 DTM 10.099
13 italy Edoardo Mortara Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 10.458
14 austria Philipp Eng BMW M4 DTM 10.787
15 germany Mike Rockenfeller Audi RS5 DTM 11.444
16 spain Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 11.918
17 germany René Rast Audi RS5 DTM 39.538
Ret switzerland Nico Müller Audi RS5 DTM 16 laps