An talk with Maxime Martin: "Driving for a Belgian group as a Belgian creates we feel a bit patriotic."

Posted on 21. Apr, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich (DE), 21st Apr 2016. When a new DTM deteriorate gets underway
in Hockenheim on 7th May, Bruno Spengler (CA), Marco Wittmann (DE),
António Félix da Costa (PT), Timo Glock (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom
Blomqvist (GB), Maxime Martin (BE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) will be in
a cockpits of a 8 BMW M4 DTMs for BMW Motorsport. We introduce
any of a BMW DTM drivers in a array of interviews while we wait.

Maxime Martin, BMW Team RBM, #36 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM.

The 2016 DTM deteriorate sees we competition for a new team, BMW Team
RBM. A Belgian motorist in a Belgian team, that contingency be a perfect
fit …
Maxime Martin: “It’s a code new chapter
for me. we had a illusory time in my dual years with BMW Team RMG:
Rookie of a Year and seventh altogether in 2014 and 2015; a win and a
stick position any season. Driving for a Belgian group as a Belgian
means things will be utterly different. It unequivocally creates me feel a bit
patriotic. It is critical that we work good together. RBM is a very
good group that has delivered unequivocally good performances in a DTM for
many years. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to operative with them.”

Tom Blomqvist is your new team-mate. How good do we guys get on?

Martin: “Very well. Tom is a good colleague, unequivocally good and
intensely fast. I’m unequivocally gratified to be in a same group as him. And
I’m certain we will work good together in a destiny to move a group forward.”

At 22, Tom is still unequivocally young. You competence be a small older,
though we haven’t been in a DTM all that long. Can he learn anything
from you?

Martin: “I don’t know if we can learn him anything about a DTM
given we don’t have many some-more knowledge than him. But we have already
driven in several other series. So we have gained some knowledge that
we competence be means to pass on to Tom. But as distant as a DTM is concerned,
he already knows what he is doing.”

How confident are we with a preparations for a deteriorate and
a testing?

Martin: “Preparations went unequivocally well. Unfortunately, we didn’t
have many event for testing; eventually we customarily have dual days
before a deteriorate starts. After 6 months of not sitting in a DTM car
that isn’t a lot. You need to find your stroke and a right set-up.
The exam in Hockenheim was unequivocally critical for that. we consider that we
did a unequivocally good job. But in a end, a initial subordinate event in
Hockenheim will uncover where we unequivocally are.”

What are your goals for your third DTM season?

Martin: “Being better. we finished seventh in a drivers’
standings twice. So a idea for this deteriorate is to finish aloft than
seventh place.”

You also competition in a lot of GT races; in North America, in
24-hour races, in a Blancpain GT Series. Is that an exciting
change to a DTM?

Martin: “Naturally a DTM and GT races are totally different,
with opposite cars, opposite pushing styles and a different
atmosphere. But we like this change given it keeps we in a racing
rhythm. That’s unequivocally critical in my opinion. we have contested a lot of
races in my career to date and will try to keep doing that. I’m happy
to be during BMW and to always have good conditions in a GT races and be
means to win. And it’s a same in a DTM. If we am means to win, afterwards I
wish to.”

You expostulate a BMW M4 DTM and a BMW M6 GT3. How formidable is
it for a motorist to switch behind and onward between these very
opposite tasks?

Martin: “Naturally, we always need a bit of time to get used to
a change. But when we know a array and how they work, it’s not
unequivocally that formidable given we don’t have to learn something
totally new. It customarily usually takes a small while, and gets easier the
some-more mostly we do it.”

You have also got to know a lot of racetracks in a various
series. Which is your favourite track?

Martin: “That’s a good question. There are dual that we really
like. One is unequivocally Spa-Francorchamps, given it’s in my home
country. But my comprehensive favourite is a Nürburgring, that we know
unequivocally good now. The Nordschleife is totally opposite from any other
lane on that we can drive. Twenty-five kilometres, any path is a
new plea that needs to be mastered. It doesn’t get many better
than that.”

What are your skeleton for a 24-hour competition during a Nürburgring?

Martin: “I also wish to do improved there than in prior years.
we finished second twice and fourth once. we wish to win this year. We
aren’t competing in a BMW M6 GT3 only to take part. We will try to
get a win. we was tighten to it some-more than once in new years, we was
in a lead for a prolonged time, though never won. Almost like in Spa. we hope
that we will have some-more fitness with a BMW M6 GT3.”

The preparations are going flattering good with third place and
stick position in a subordinate competition aren’t they?

Martin: “We are improving a automobile all a time. Our pole
position reliable this. We need to take note of any fact and
continue to learn as many as possible. But a fact that we were so
quick in a subordinate competition is a good sign. We have a clever overall
package with a BMW M6 GT3, that is improving with any outing.”

How do we like a new racing chronicle of a BMW M6?

Martin: “The automobile looks unequivocally large from a outside. But it
doesn’t feel like that when we are pushing it. The BMW M6 is very
agile. We have an glorious engine. The BMW M6 has a lot of potential,
though it is a initial season, we still need to make some developments
and keep operative tough to get wins with this illusory car.”

You competition a lot of races, so we are on a highway a lot and
mostly busy. What do we do when we have a giveaway day?

Martin: “That doesn’t occur unequivocally often. Then we try to relax a
bit during home with my fiancée, and to work out a little, that we can do
anywhere some-more or less. However, a priority is to relax with family.”

You are awaiting a new further to a family this year. Are
we already excited?

Martin: “I’m unequivocally vehement already. Our baby is due in
September. It’s going to be a tighten call given a due date is around
a DTM races in Budapest. It’s going to be a totally new charge for
us. I’ve taken on a lot of hurdles in motorsport, though this will be
a many critical one of my life, and a many difficult. But I’m
unequivocally looking brazen to it.”

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