Joel Eriksson celebrates his initial DTM win in rain-drenched Misano – Alex Zanardi sensationally snatches fifth place.

Posted on 27. Aug, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Misano. First DTM win in his 14th race: Former BMW
Motorsport Junior Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW M4 DTM) was rewarded for
holding risks in a rain-drenched lottery of Misano (ITA) and topped
a lectern for a initial time in his rookie season. Eriksson was the
usually motorist to start on slicks notwithstanding a fanciful continue and
a plan paid off as he became

 
the youngest BMW hero in a story of a DTM and the
second-youngest DTM leader of all time. Only Pascal Wehrlein (GER,
Mercedes) had claimed his initial delight during a younger age than the
20-year-old. Alessandro Zanardi (ITA, BMW M4 DTM) caused a similar
sensation. The guest motorist stayed ease when a sleet came, while
many of a determined drivers had to change tyres several times.
Zanardi crossed a line in an superb fifth place.

 

The other BMW drivers missed out on a tip ten. Bruno Spengler (CAN,
BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished in eleventh and will accept one indicate in
a drivers’ championship, as Zanardi was racing outward the
championship. Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM) and
Timo Glock (GER, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) were concerned in early
collisions and had to be calm with finishing in 13th and
15th positions. Philipp Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM)
claimed 16th place while Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4
DTM) late after an accident.

 

Reactions after Sunday’s DTM competition during Misano.

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“I am
unbelievably unapproachable of Joel. Congratulations on a initial DTM win! At
usually 20 years of age, he is a second-youngest DTM leader of all
time. We’re going to applaud that now. For Alex Zanardi, a
51-year-old, to finish a same competition in fifth is usually incredible. He
did a good pursuit via a whole weekend. We were not rewarded for
a dauntless plan yesterday though currently we had that small bit of luck
on a side. It wasn’t ostensible to sleet during all during a competition though the
foresee was good off a mark. That done it a flattering pell-mell competition –
and it finished good for us. It’s a contrition that some-more of a drivers were
incompetent to follow Joel and Alex into a tip ten. Nonetheless, we will
try to take this movement with us to a Nürburgring.”

 

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team
RMG):
“I am gay for Bart Mampaey and a guys from
BMW Team RBM. Congratulations on a win! It simply wasn’t a good
weekend for us. All of a drivers were concerned in incidents today
and we had no fitness with a strategy. We pitted early currently to make
certain we’d be OK in box of an early reserve automobile duration though that tactic
did not compensate off.”

 

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG – subordinate result: 6th place, competition result:
13th place, points: 112):

“I had a illusory start and we was in second place when Loic Duval
came from behind and gathering into a side of my car. That caused some
tyre repairs and busted my competition early on. We did change tyres during the
right time when a sleet started though we was already too distant behind.
Congratulations to Joel on a win! He can chuck a celebration now.”

 

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG –
subordinate result: 14th place, competition result: DNF, points: 40):

“That was another crazy race. It was indeed going OK for me but
afterwards there was a bit of hit with another automobile from behind. It
wasn’t hard, though in a sleazy conditions it was adequate to spin me.
That’s how a collision happened.”

 

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
subordinate result: 9th place, competition result:
15th place, points: 107):

“I indeed had a unequivocally good start and got to fourth place though we made
a wrong vital preference by entrance in too early and changing to
slicks. The competition was over for us after that.”

 

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“Joel is a usually one who started on slicks. That meant he was
lapping unequivocally solemnly early on. The continue kept changing, yesterday
and today. That is because we used a opposite plan for any of the
3 cars. The engineers and mechanics did a illusory job. Joel did
good to keep a automobile on a lane and explain a victory. Thanks to
a whole team, and to BMW.”

 

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 18th place, competition result: 11th place,
points: 44):
“Unfortunately, we had a bit of bad luck
with a sleet in both races. The plan was right on Saturday but
a reserve automobile came out during a wrong time. we switched to slicks very
early currently and had to come in again when a sleet came back. All in
all, eleventh place and one indicate in a drivers’ championship is OK
if we cruise that we started from 18th. Congratulations to Alex on
his good outcome currently – and to Joel on his initial DTM win, of course.”

 

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying
result: 16th place, competition result: 16th place,
points: 87):

“We were a bit advantageous yesterday though didn’t have a fitness with the
plan today. The outcome shows that. Now we wish that it goes a bit
improved subsequent time.”

 

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – qualifying
result: 12th place, competition result: 1st place,
points: 52):

“I am simply speechless. we have been forgetful of a DTM win given I
was a kid. Now we am commanding a lectern and don’t know what to say. It
all feels unreal. We took a risk with a plan and it was really
tough to keep a automobile on a lane when it started to sleet again. But
currently was usually a day. It was created in a stars that we would
applaud my initial DTM win here. It’s unbelievable.”

 

Alessandro Zanardi (#12 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – qualifying
result: 19th place, competition result: 5th place):

“Fifth place is a boon for a whole weekend. we am unequivocally happy
with this outcome and during my age, we won’t get too many more
opportunities to applaud racing successes like this. we had a very
good racing speed and wasn’t certain what to do when slower drivers kept
appearing in front of me” he joked. “Seriously, we am unequivocally beholden to
have been given this event by BMW Motorsport. They always
believed that we could do it. This trust is a good present – and we am
happy that we was means to absolve that. Many interjection to a DTM family
too, for welcoming me with open arms. we will always have a place in my
heart for this weekend. It has taken me 51 years to knowledge it –
though during slightest we got that chance.”

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