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maggio 07, 2017 - BMW Motorsport

Overtaking manoeuvres, rain, and action aplenty: Marco Wittmann on the podium for BMW after stunning fightback.

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Hockenheim. The BMW #dtm teams claimed two podium finishes and one pole position on the opening weekend of the 2017 season in #hockenheim (GER). Timo Glock (GER) followed up his second place in Saturday’s race by securing pole position on Sunday. He ended a turbulent, rain-affected race in eighth place. #dtm champion Marco Wittmann (GER) produced a fantastic fightback in difficult conditions: starting from 17th on the grid, he cut through the field to finish third on Sunday and take his place on the podium for the first time this year. Bruno Spengler also finished in the points in ninth place.

 

Qualifying:
Timo Glock secured the second pole position of his #dtm career in an exciting qualifying session. With the track drying out, he and BMW Team RMG (RMR) got their timing spot on and clocked the fastest time of 1:31.406 minutes on slicks shortly before the end of the session. In accordance with the new #dtm regulations, he is rewarded for his effort with three points in the Drivers’ Championship. Augusto Farfus (BRA) was incredibly unlucky: he set the second fastest time, but subsequently saw this time removed as he had started his final lap a fraction of a second after qualifying had drawn to a close. As such, Bruno Spengler (CAN) was the second-best BMW driver in sixth place. He was followed by Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Maxime Martin (BEL), Marco Wittmann (GER) and Farfus in 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th.

 

The race:

Timo Glock, at the wheel of the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 #dtm, started the race from pole position in dry conditions, and was initially able to defend his lead. Following an early safety car phase, he lost places at the eventful, Indy-style restart. The race came to a premature end shortly after that for Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus. As the new restart format made its race debut, both drivers were involved in collisions. Martin had no choice but to pull off the track immediately in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 #dtm. Farfus returned to the garage in the damaged Shell BMW M4 #dtm after 14 laps. With Glock, Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) all running in the top ten, the rain began to fall at the halfway point of the race. Glock and Spengler had already pitted prior to the onset of rain, and had to come in again to switch to wet-weather tyres. This dropped them out of contention for a spot on the podium. Wittmann delayed his mandatory pit stop long enough to be able to switch straight onto wet-weather tyres. He eventually came home third – a fantastic fightback from 17th on the grid. Glock and Spengler also finished in the points in eighth and ninth. Tom Blomqvist was 12th in the BMW Driving Experience M4 #dtm.

Hockenheim. The BMW #dtm teams claimed two podium finishes and one pole position on the opening weekend of the 2017 season in #hockenheim (GER). Timo Glock (GER) followed up his second place in Saturday’s race by securing pole position on Sunday. He ended a turbulent, rain-affected race in eighth place. #dtm champion Marco Wittmann (GER) produced a fantastic fightback in difficult conditions: starting from 17th on the grid, he cut through the field to finish third on Sunday and take his place on the podium for the first time this year. Bruno Spengler also finished in the points in ninth place.

 

Qualifying:
Timo Glock secured the second pole position of his #dtm career in an exciting qualifying session. With the track drying out, he and BMW Team RMG (RMR) got their timing spot on and clocked the fastest time of 1:31.406 minutes on slicks shortly before the end of the session. In accordance with the new #dtm regulations, he is rewarded for his effort with three points in the Drivers’ Championship. Augusto Farfus (BRA) was incredibly unlucky: he set the second fastest time, but subsequently saw this time removed as he had started his final lap a fraction of a second after qualifying had drawn to a close. As such, Bruno Spengler (CAN) was the second-best BMW driver in sixth place. He was followed by Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Maxime Martin (BEL), Marco Wittmann (GER) and Farfus in 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th.

 

The race:

Timo Glock, at the wheel of the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 #dtm, started the race from pole position in dry conditions, and was initially able to defend his lead. Following an early safety car phase, he lost places at the eventful, Indy-style restart. The race came to a premature end shortly after that for Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus. As the new restart format made its race debut, both drivers were involved in collisions. Martin had no choice but to pull off the track immediately in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 #dtm. Farfus returned to the garage in the damaged Shell BMW M4 #dtm after 14 laps. With Glock, Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) all running in the top ten, the rain began to fall at the halfway point of the race. Glock and Spengler had already pitted prior to the onset of rain, and had to come in again to switch to wet-weather tyres. This dropped them out of contention for a spot on the podium. Wittmann delayed his mandatory pit stop long enough to be able to switch straight onto wet-weather tyres. He eventually came home third – a fantastic fightback from 17th on the grid. Glock and Spengler also finished in the points in eighth and ninth. Tom Blomqvist was 12th in the BMW Driving Experience M4 #dtm.



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