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Birthday lectern in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW during Fuji.

Fuji International Speedway. Countless battles, 3 safety
automobile durations and a lucent birthday boy, Marco Wittmann (GER), was on
a podium. Part dual of a ‘

SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, a initial corner eventuality hold by the
DTM and SUPER GT Championship on Japanese soil, gay Fuji (JPN)
fans on Sunday. Wittmann, celebrating his 30th birthday,
battled his approach to second place in a Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Kamui
Kobayashi (JPN) also gave an action-packed display, as did
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), who found himself as high as second place
during times in a ZF BMW M4 DTM. Kobayashi came home fifth, while
Zanardi finished in 13th place.


The reserve automobile done 3 appearances over a march of a race.
Fuji fans were not usually treated to large battles out on a track,
though also a peculiar hit between cars and a few crashes. The action
came thick and quick in a shutting stages. Wittmann crossed a finish
line in third place, though was afterwards promoted to second place after Loïc
Duval (FRA, Audi) perceived a one-second chastisement for a previous
incident. Victory went to Narain Karthikeyan (IND, Honda).


Wittmann, whose family and many friends had trafficked to Fuji, can
now applaud his 30th birthday in character in Tokyo (JPN).
Before a race, BMW Group Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, fellow
drivers Zanardi and Kobayashi, and a whole BMW Team RBM sang to him
and presented him with a large birthday cake during a morning’s array walk.


Quotes after competition one of a ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ during Fuji.


Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“That is accurately a kind of competition we wanted for a fans here in
Japan – and, of course, for those examination in Europe. That was really
good motorsport, nonetheless it was rather pell-mell during times, though that is
what a fans wish to see. Our outing to Fuji was unequivocally value the
effort. Thank we to Bart Mampaey and everybody during BMW Team RBM. They
all did a illusory job, ensuring a 3 cars were using during the
unequivocally top turn and behaving good array stops. Congratulations to
Marco Wittmann – on his birthday, and second place here. That was
another glorious opening from him. Kamui Kobayashi also fought hard
and put on a marvellous arrangement on his initial weekend in a DTM car.
Alex Zanardi was also in a thick of a movement and once again
constructed some unequivocally special moments. All in all, it was a good advert
for furloughed automobile racing. We saw that a corner eventuality with SUPER GT and
a DTM can work brilliantly and furnish glorious racing. The Dream Race
was a sum success – let’s do it again. On a whole, it has been a
unequivocally successful weekend for us with Alexander Sims’ feat in Formula
E and second place for a BMW M6 GT3 in a IGTC in Kyalami.”


Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“The races had a bit of everything: doubt with courtesy to the
weather, reserve cars, crashes, and a lot of battles. We blending to the
conditions and a circuit over a march of a weekend. We had a
softened package today. Marco Wittmann did an superb job, as did
Kamui Kobayashi and Alex Zanardi. The plan worked good with all
3 cars today. we cruise we can honour everybody who was
concerned in removing this eventuality adult and using and creation it such a
success. Motorsport is a large leader today. For a whole outing to
Japan, scheming for a race, and afterwards this outcome we have to contend a
large appreciate we to my team. As in a past, we showed again currently that
we feel during home on an general stage.”


Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
7th, Race: 2nd):

“I am delighted. When we cruise how we started a weekend, we can
be intensely happy with second place on Sunday. It was a crazy race,
with many reserve cars. However, somehow, we always seemed to have the
right instinct and came divided with a good result. This eventuality was
awesome. The Japanese fans are unequivocally eager and friendly. It
was good fun. Now it is time to applaud my birthday.”


Kamui Kobayashi
(#00 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 13th, Race: 5th):

“It was a tough race. It was unequivocally furious out there during times. Compared
to yesterday, we softened dramatically. The competition was good fun and we
battled hard. It was a good knowledge to work with BMW Team RBM. We
met for a initial time in Fuji this week, and shortly gelled. We will
take a lot of good memories divided with us. Thank we unequivocally much, guys.”


Alessandro Zanardi: (#4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
22nd, Race: 13th):

“I am certain that being in second place, on a front row, during the
re-start means we will be in some good photos….But seriously, we really
enjoyed that race. we would like to appreciate BMW Team RBM for the
illusory pursuit they did. It is not easy to ride 3 cars to
Japan and get them prepared to race. The automobile was unequivocally good over a full
competition stretch today. we perceived a few nudges from a opposition, with
a final one in sold causing some critical repairs to my car. It
was an eventful race. However, we was means to stay transparent of all the
problems and took my chances. The gait was good. we could frequency be happier.”