Monday, August 8, 2022

Marco Wittmann narrowly misses out on a podium with fourth place at home event – Fifth place for Philipp Eng on Saturday.

. A chaotic Saturday race, with many retirements, saw Philipp
Eng (AUT) finish fifth and score valuable points for the Schubert
team. The outfit from Oschersleben (GER) continues to lead the Team
competition. On Sunday, Marco Wittmann (GER) drove a strong race to
finish fourth at his home event. The two-time champion came home
fourth, narrowly missing out on another podium after his third place
at Imola (ITA). BMW M again celebrated its 50th
anniversary as Presenting Partner of the weekend at the Norisring.
Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH, and Andreas Roos, Head of
BMW M Motorsport, attended the event to mark the occasion. In the
DTM Classic Cup, BMW M works driver Bruno Spengler (CAN) made a
successful guest appearance at the wheel of a BMW 320i STW.

Wittmann bounced back strongly with third place in Sunday morning’s
qualifying session having been caught up in a mass crash in the first
corner of Saturday’s race, after which he was unable to continue. In
Sunday’s race, Wittmann defended third place until the pit stop,
during which he lost one place. That meant he ultimately came home
fourth in front of his home fans. His team-mate at Walkenhorst
Motorsport, Esteban Muth, also crashed out through no fault of his own
on Saturday. Although he was fortunate enough to emerge unhurt, his
BMW M4 GT3 was so badly damaged that he was unable to start on Sunday.

Philipp Eng finished fifth on Saturday to score ten points for the
Schubert team. That ensured the team successfully defended its lead in
the Team competition, now with 111 points. On Sunday, Eng crossed the
finish line in eleventh place, narrowly missing out on more points.
Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) left the Norisring empty-handed. Like
Wittmann, he was a victim of the collision in turn one on Saturday. On
Sunday, he fell out of the top ten after a late pit stop and
eventually had to settle for 15th place. As a result, van
der Linde had to give up his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. He now
lies second with 80 points.

BMW M is Presenting Partner of the DTM at the Norisring.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Presenting
Partner BMW M GmbH was very prominent in the paddock of the Norisring,
which appropriately was hosting its 50th DTM race. BMW M
CEO, Franciscus van Meel, and Head of BMW M Motorsport, Andreas Roos,
were at the circuit to follow the action and chat to drivers, teams,
media and partners. The M Town event area provided plenty of spectacle
with its organ. With a host of talks, and an exhibition of BMW M
production vehicles, it was a real centre of attraction for fans. The
brand was also well represented by the paddock of the BMW M2 Cup,
while there were also strong BMW presences in the starting fields for
the DTM Trophy and DTM Classic Cup.

Bruno Spengler was making a guest appearance in one of the vintage
cars. He raced for the Schnitzer Classic team in the BMW 320i STW, in
which Johnny Cecotto (VEN) was crowned champion in 1998. In Saturday’s
opening race, Spengler finished fifth after fighting back strongly
from 13th on the grid. Spengler then started race two from
pole position. He went on to finish runner-up and take his place on
the podium – a place he is very familiar with from his five victories
in the DTM, making him the record winner.

Quotes on the DTM weekend at the Norisring.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M4 GT3, Walkenhorst
“Firstly, the atmosphere here at my home race in
Nuremberg was once again fantastic – thanks in no small part to the
Schaeffler Green Wall. We have done a lot of promotions, and it is
nice to get so much back from the fans. From a sporting perspective, I
head into the summer break with mixed feelings. Saturday was very
disappointing, with the crash. However, the pleasing result on Sunday
was very good. Third place in qualifying, my best DTM grid position
ever at the Norisring, was particularly great. We also had strong pace
in the race, but unfortunately lost time in the pit stop. In the end,
it was fourth place, and some valuable points.”

Philipp Eng (#25 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport):
“Saturday was super. I stayed clear of all the chaos and attacked at
exactly the right moments. I was rewarded for that with a good points
haul. Unfortunately, I had a slight issue in qualifying on Sunday,
otherwise I could have been looking at far more than tenth place. In
the race, we soon realised that we did not have the same pace as
Saturday. Despite that, on the whole I am satisfied with the weekend.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert
“I am disappointed to have failed to score
points at a weekend for the first time this season. Up until now, I
had actually been in the points in every race. However, it did not go
to plan at all here. We now have plenty of time during the summer
break to analyse what went wrong, plus we will prepare for the second
half of the season with some tests. I am very confident that we will
return to form after the break.”

Esteban Muth (#10 BMW M4 GT3, Walkenhorst
“That is definitely not how we envisaged the
weekend playing out. Compared to the other BMW M Motorsport drivers,
my pace was really good this time. I was able to match them, but
unfortunately I was then hit by another car, which I had just
overtaken, and had a hefty crash. I am okay, but the car was
unfortunately very badly damaged. We now go into the summer break,
after which we will do everything we can to back up the positive trend
we have seen here.”

Bruno Spengler (BMW 320i STW, DTM Classic Cup): “That
was an incredibly cool weekend. I had loads of fun! Thank you to BMW
Group Classic, BMW M Motorsport and the Schnitzer Classic team for
allowing me to take part in this event and drive such a fantastic car
at this circuit. These vintage cars are very special. I was also
thrilled to see so many fans again and to receive so much
encouragement. To then finish runner-up and be able to celebrate on
the podium was the perfect end to the weekend.”

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