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Marco Wittmann (DE, Red Bull #bmw M4 DTM), Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST #bmw M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (GB, Ice-Watch #bmw M4 DTM) scored valuable points by finishing fourth, sixth and tenth in race ten of the #dtm season at “Circuit Park Zandvoort”. Wittmann continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship with 105 points. His lead over Sunday’s winner, Jamie Green (GB, Audi), is now seven points.
Martin Tomczyk (DE, #bmw M Performance Parts M4 DTM) narrowly missed out on the points, coming home just behind Blomqvist in 11th. Augusto Farfus (BR) fought back from a drive-through penalty to finish 13th in the Shell #bmw #m4dtm. His #bmw Team MTEK team-mate, Bruno Spengler (CA, #bmw Bank M4 DTM), had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop at the end of the opening lap and eventually ended the race in 14th. António Félix da Costa (PT, #bmw M4 DTM) was 17th, Maxime Martin (BE) was unable to finish in his damaged SAMSUNG #bmw #m4dtm.
Reactions to the tenth race of the 2016 #dtm season.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “Sunday’s race was as tough for us as we expected it to be. However, our drivers kept cool heads and fought hard to the very end. They were rewarded for their efforts with fourth, sixth and tenth. We are pleased with these points. I think we made the most of our opportunities this weekend. This is particularly true of #marcowittmann. He has defended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. I am very pleased for him. We have all earned a short break now, then we will travel fully focussed to the next race in Moscow.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 4th place): “I feel very positive about Sunday’s race, and the weekend in general. I think, in finishing second and fourth, we did as well as we possibly could have. We were obviously a little fortunate that our rivals had tyre issues on Sunday, but we are still very happy to take the points. I am still leading the Drivers’ Championship, but it remains extremely close and exciting.”
Facts and Figures.
Circuit Park #zandvoort, 4.307 kilometres, 60 minutes plus 1 lap
Sunny, 22 degrees Celsius
Marco Wittmann finished in the points for the ninth time in the tenth race of the season.
The #bmw drivers gained two places shortly before the end of the race when Robert Wickens (CA, Mercedes) and Christian Vietoris (DE, Mercedes) both suffered punctures and dropped back through the field.
Augusto Farfus was handed a drive-through penalty following a collision with Timo Scheider (DE, Audi).
A general technical issue with the timing system meant that the DRS was deactivated on all cars for the first 15 minutes of the race.
BMW Motorsport on the web.
About the #dtm.
The #dtm is the most popular touring car series in the world. The series pits the three premium automobile manufacturers #bmw, Audi and Mercedes-Benz against each other in a sporting contest. #bmw fielded its first works teams from 1984 to 1992, during which time it claimed 49 race victories and won the Drivers’ Championship on three occasions (1984, 1987 and 1989). The manufacturer returned to the #dtm in 2012, since when it has won seven of a possible twelve titles. 18 races, spread over nine weekends, are scheduled for 2016. ARD broadcasts all the races live. Tickets for all the #dtm races are available here: https://tickets.bmw-motorsport.com/index.html
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