Munich (DE), 17th Oct 2016. Another successful DTM deteriorate for BMW
Motorsport drew to a tighten in Hockenheim (DE). With 4 wins, 16
podiums, 6 stick positions and a pretension win by Marco Wittmann (DE),
a 4 BMW teams once again constructed countless highlights in the
fifth year given BMW returned to a renouned furloughed automobile series. In
a DTM review, we demeanour behind on a large stories from an eventful 2016,
from a BMW Motorsport indicate of view.
Fast as a champion: Wittmann claims pretension array 2.
The multiple of speed, artistry and coherence has a name:
Marco Wittmann (DE). As in 2014, when he won a pretension in usually his
second DTM season, a BMW Team RMG motorist came out on tip over strong
foe once again this year – and carried a champion’s prize at
a culmination in Hockenheim (DE). No other motorist has won some-more races over
a past 4 years than Wittmann. In 56 races, he has crossed the
finish line initial on 8 occasions. He also has 15 lectern finishes
and 8 stick positions to his name. The 26-year-old distinguished three
wins this season. The third foe in Spielberg (AT) was a initial round
he finished in initial place during a circle of a Red Bull BMW M4 DTM
this season. This was followed by a serve dual wins, in Moscow (RU)
and during a Nürburgring (DE).
All good things come in threes: BMW Team RMG is a tip BMW
After 9 DTM foe weekends, BMW Team RMG finished runner-up in the
Team foe with 290 points, creation it a best-placed BMW team
for a third deteriorate in a row. Timo Glock (DE) had assimilated Stefan
Reinhold’s (DE) patrol forward of a initial foe in Hockenheim – and the
gifted motorist fast found his feet during BMW Team RMG. His first
win came in a fourth foe of a season, that was hold on the
Sunday during a Red Bull Ring (AT). This was Glock’s third feat in
a DTM. The consistent force in a group was once again Marco Wittmann,
who picked adult points in 15 of 18 races – and finished adult clinching the
drivers’ pretension with 206 points. The group from Andernach (DE), in the
Eifel segment of Germany, has been competing in a DTM given BMW
rejoined a array and has determined itself as one of a most
successful outfits. The large breakthrough came in 2014, with Wittmann’s
initial pretension win and success in a Team competition. Since then, BMW
Team RMG has turn a permanent tie during a front of a field.
After 5 years in a DTM, a group has 11 wins, 22 podiums, nine
stick positions and 6 fastest laps to a name. Its closest rivals
among a other BMW teams in 2016 was BMW Team RBM from Belgium, which
finished third altogether with 203 points for Tom Blomqvist (GB) and
Maxime Martin (BE).
Closer than ever: pristine fad in a 2016 DTM season.
In 2016, a DTM showed once again because it is regarded as one of the
hardest-fought furloughed automobile array in a world. Ten opposite drivers
were winning over a march of a year, including BMW’s Marco
Wittmann and Timo Glock. Together, a BMW Team RMG drivers won four
races in 2016. The initial of these victories came pleasantness of Wittmann
on a Saturday during a Red Bull Ring (AT). He claimed a 70th success
for BMW in a manufacturer’s 250th coming in a DTM. Glock then
won Sunday’s foe to finish a double success for BMW in Spielberg.
In Moscow it was Wittmann who crossed a finish line initial again in a
top-four lock-out for BMW. Success in a Sunday foe during a “Moscow
Raceway” was Wittmann’s seventh win in a 50th foe of his DTM
career. It also represented a tenth feat for BMW Team RMG in the
outfit’s 60th foe in a DTM, as good as a 72nd time in DTM history
that a BMW motorist had climbed onto a tip step of a podium. Race 13
of a year also valid to be a propitious one for Wittmann, who won again
on a Saturday during a Nürburgring. Tom Blomqvist of BMW Team RBM came
home second to finish BMW’s second one-two of a 2016 season.
In total, 18 opposite drivers done it onto a DTM lectern in 2016.
BMW was represented on a lectern on 16 occasions. As good as
Wittmann, Glock and Blomqvist, António Félix da Costa (PT), Augusto
Farfus (BR), Maxime Martin and Bruno Spengler (CA) also claimed
top-three finishes. So any of a BMW teams distinguished during slightest one
lectern finish in 2016. However, usually Bart Mampaey’s (BE) BMW Team RBM
managed to land both drivers on a podium. Blomqvist and Martin stood
corresponding on a lectern after finishing second and third in the
Sunday foe during a Norisring.
The conflict for grid positions also supposing copiousness of accumulation in
2016. Twelve opposite drivers started races from stick position, with
a BMW motorist heading a approach on 6 occasions. Wittmann was the
fastest male in subordinate during a Red Bull Ring (Saturday), in Moscow
(Sunday) and during a Nürburgring (Saturday). Blomqvist started from
stick position for a initial time in his fledgling DTM career during the
Norisring (DE, Sunday). Félix da Costa drew his DTM career to a
successful tighten with dual stick positions during a deteriorate culmination in
Hockenheim. The spectators during a city foe in Nürnberg had previously
enjoyed one of a closest subordinate sessions of a year. All 24
cars were within 0.430 seconds of any other.
Not usually was subordinate a tighten affair, though so were a races
themselves. Nineteen opposite drivers led a margin during some point
over a march of a 18 races. Of a BMW drivers, Wittmann spent
a many time during a front of a field. He led a approach for a sum of
86 laps. Blomqvist, during a circle of a Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, spent
a second longest volume of time heading races for BMW – namely 41
laps. Blomqvist is also one of a 3 BMW drivers who set a fastest
path in 2016. His time of 48.328 seconds on Sunday during a Norisring was
a fastest of a race. Félix da Costa and Glock were a fastest
drivers in a races on Saturday and Sunday during a culmination in
Hockenheim. In total, 11 opposite drivers clocked fastest laps in the
Good-bye, DTM: Tomczyk and Félix da Costa bid farewell.
The culmination in Hockenheim was a final coming on a DTM stage
for dual BMW Motorsport drivers. Martin Tomczyk (DE) and António Félix
da Costa (PT) have called time on their careers in a renouned touring
automobile series. They will, however, sojourn partial of a BMW Motorsport
family. Tomczyk will concentration on general GT racing in a future,
while Félix da Costa concentrates entirely on his joining in a FIA
Formula E Championship.
Tomczyk was one of a figureheads of a DTM, that had been his
sporting home given 2001. Only 8 drivers in a story of a DTM
have contested some-more races than a male from Rosenheim (DE). His most
successful DTM deteriorate came in 2011, when he won a Drivers’ title.
The following year he changed to BMW Motorsport and embarked on a new
section in a DTM, scoring points and podiums for BMW Team RMG and
BMW Team Schnitzer. Félix da Costa done his DTM entrance for BMW
Motorsport in 2014. At a same time, he also took to a lane as a
exam and haven motorist for a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. Félix
da Costa has also been racing in Formula E given a initial season
in 2014/15. The motorist from Cascais (PT) first, contested 10 races
for BMW Team MTEK in a DTM, before switching to BMW Team Schnitzer
forward of a 2015 season. His biggest success came on 12th Jul 2015
in Zandvoort (NL), where he led a foe from start to finish to round
off a ideal Sunday. He had formerly cumulative a initial pole
position of his DTM career, dual serve stick positions followed during the
2016 deteriorate culmination in Hockenheim.
Precision array stops: “Best Pit Stop Award” for BMW Team MTEK.
Pit stops in a DTM are all about speed and precision. It is vital
that a organisation works in ideal peace during a tyre change. Nobody
achieved this improved in 2016 than BMW Team MTEK. Over a march of
a year’s 18 races, no other group took reduction time to get their cars
behind out onto a lane after a array stop. Team principal Ernest
Knoors’ (NL) organisation achieved a fastest tyre change of a foe on
Bruno Spengler’s BMW Bank M4 DTM in Spielberg (AT) and during the
Lausitzring (DE). They were also second and third fastest during the
Nürburgring (DE) and in Budapest (HU). This bid ensured BMW Team
MTEK perceived a “Best Pit Stop Award 2016”, presented any year by
tyre builder Hankook.