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Podium for BMW and Marco Wittmann to start DTM culmination weekend – 4 BMW drivers in a points during Hockenheim.

Hockenheim. At a Hockenheimring (GER), Marco Wittmann (GER)
from BMW Team RMG cumulative second place in a 17th competition of a DTM
season. The two-time champion, in a Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, was the
best-placed BMW driver, reaching a soap-box for a seventh time
this year. Victory went to René Rast (GER, Audi), while Timo Glock
(GER, JiVS BMW M4 DTM), Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW Bank M4 DTM) and
Joel Eriksson (SWE, CATL BMW M4 DTM) also finished in a points.


 
Glock crossed a line in sixth place and Spengler
finished eighth. Eriksson scored dual points. Sheldon outpost der Linde
(RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) had to be calm with 16th place on the
4.574-kilometre circuit. Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) late due
to a technical issue.
 
This was also a initial opportunity
for a DTM drivers to go adult opposite their colleagues from the
Japanese Super GT Championship. Jenson Button (GBR, Honda) recorded
a best outcome among a guest drivers, finishing in ninth
position.
 
Wittmann enjoyed a stirring duel for a win
with Rast during Hockenheim and now has 202 points in a drivers’
standings. He is 21 points behind second-placed Nico Müller (SUI,
Audi), with another 28 points adult for grabs on Sunday.
 
Reactions to a 17th DTM competition of a 2019 season
during Hockenheim.


 
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to Marco Wittmann on this second place. He
started from second and was means to reason on to a position until the
finish. He had a bit of bad fitness with a reserve automobile as a undercut
would have been his possibility to pierce up, though afterwards a tyres deteriorated
towards a finish and he wasn’t means to mountain any some-more attacks. Timo
Glock also achieved well, though we mislaid a bit of time during a pit
stop due to a problem with a door. We got 4 BMWs into a tip ten
today, and we wish to take another step in a right direction
tomorrow. Marco has changed closer to second place in a drivers’
standings again. We are going on a conflict and of course, we are
aiming to explain that second mark on a lectern again. Congratulations
to René Rast on a win.”
 
Stefan Reinhold (BMW Team RMG Team Principal):

“Well, that was a good start today. All 3 of a cars made
it into a tip 10 and a guys did a shining job. However,
subordinate was tough this morning so Marco Wittmann’s opening to
explain a lectern outcome was unequivocally good. Timo Glock had some extremely
bad fitness as he unequivocally could have done it to stick position. We done the
best of it during a race. Bruno Spengler did a good pursuit once again
and was on a front foot. Unfortunately, we didn’t utterly make it to
initial place currently though we will conflict on again tomorrow.”
 
Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
2nd, Race: 2nd, Drivers’ standings: 3rd, 202 points):


“Today was a good day, with second place in subordinate and then
in a competition too. The initial army was OK. we did tumble behind to third
place though we managed to work my approach behind and sealed a opening to René
Rast only before a array stop. The conditions looked promising. Our
plan to array progressing than René also looked good. The undercut would
have worked if a reserve automobile hadn’t appeared, though afterwards we had to slot
behind in behind him. After a re-start, we saw my possibility and took it
though we realised flattering shortly that we could not keep gait with René so he
was means to pass me with DRS one path after and a opening stayed the
same after that.”
 
Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 14th,
Race: 8th, Drivers’ standings: 9th, 104 points):


“From 14th on a grid to finish in a points – we can be
gratified with that. Eighth place is not a dream result, though it was the
best we could do today. We had a good plan and we stopped at
accurately a right time. Many interjection to a team. We’re happy to claim
a points today.”
 
Timo Glock (#16 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid: 7th, Race:
6th, Driver’s standings: 12th, 45 points):


“I’m indeed mislaid for words; when have we ever seen a door
only cocktail open like that? we consider that’s a initial time that’s happened
in my DTM career. It’s even some-more irritating that it happened when we was
in fourth place. My gait was unequivocally good from a start and we was able
to keep adult with Marco Wittmann, though a doorway kept opening wider and I
mislaid so most tip speed. It’s a good shame. All in all, we have to be
happy that we managed to finish sixth.”
 
Bert Mampaey (BMW Team RBM Team Principal):

“We had a technical problem with Philipp Eng. We have to wait
here until we get a automobile back. We schooled a bit of a doctrine with
Sheldon outpost der Linde today. We chose a crafty strategy, brought him
behind in and put on a opposite set of tyres. Unfortunately, it wasn’t
utterly enough. Joel Eriksson was concerned in an occurrence in a tight
racing conditions and mislaid a few places. We did conduct to measure two
points with him during a end. Congratulations to Marco Wittmann on a podium.”
 
Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid: 16th,
Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 6th, 144 points):


“I had a technical problem and we mislaid drive. But regardless of
that, we didn’t have a chance. we wasn’t means to go even one-tenth of a
second faster. That was intensely frustrating.”
 
Joel Eriksson (#47 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid: 10th,
Race: 10th, Classified as 9th, Drivers’ standings: 11th, 53 points):


“The start went flattering well, as did a re-start though dual Audis
spun in front of me; we wasn’t means to equivocate them and we came to a halt.
we mislaid a lot of places due to that, and my competition was effectively over.
The gait was good though infrequently there is only zero we can do.”
 
Sheldon outpost der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 9th, Race: 16th, Drivers’ standings: 13th, 42 points):


“That was a formidable day. we started feeble and things didn’t
urge most after that. We have a lot to analyse, and a lot to learn.
we am flattering disappointed.”