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Old 06-01-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Results from this past weekend's DTM race at the Lausitzring

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Maxime Martin (BE) finished seventh in Saturday’s race at the Lausitzring (DE), making him the best-placed BMW driver. He was able to mix it with the leading group for long stretches of the race in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, but lost ground over the final few laps.

The remaining BMW drivers missed out on the points. Bruno Spengler (CA) came home 11th in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. He was followed over the line by Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE). The reigning DTM champion was handed a five-place grid penalty after qualifying, meaning he started the race from 13th. Timo Glock (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT) and Tom Blomqvist (GB) finished 18th, 19th and 22nd. Augusto Farfus (BR) retired after a collision on lap two.

Read here what BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and the eight BMW DTM drivers had to say after the race.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “After a difficult qualifying, we had an equally tough race today. One car in the points. That is obviously far from satisfactory. Maxime Martin managed to work his way up into fifth place, but tyre problems shortly before the finish meant he was no longer able to match the pace of the leaders without DRS. Our problem is that we cannot get maximum performance out of the tyres over the entire distance. We must now analyse why that is.”

Maxime Martin (BMW Team RMG, 7th): “The positive thing is that I finished in the points. However, that is not enough to meet the high standards BMW sets itself. Towards the end of the race, you could see that I was no longer able to match the pace of my rivals. We must work hard to rectify that in the future. Finishing as the best-placed BMW driver for the second time is obviously not a bad record for me. I have far more experience than in 2014 and am doing well. Despite this, we cannot generally be happy at the moment.”

Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 11th): “Unfortunately the first half of my race was not good enough. After that I had good race pace and was actually happy with my car. However, I was just unable to make it into the points. We will now work hard to ensure we do better on Sunday. Tomorrow is a new day."

Martin Tomczyk (BMW Team Schnitzer, 12th): “My race was actually quite okay. All in all, however, this was as good as we could hope for. The field sorted itself out very quickly, and I was unable to work my way any further forward in the group I found myself in.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 13th): “My grid penalty put me in a difficult position from the word go. I still cannot really understand the penalty. Despite all that, I got off to a good start and did well for the first few laps. Then I probably put a bit too much strain on my tyres while behind other cars. That is why I dropped out of the points towards the end of the race.”

Timo Glock (BMW Team MTEK, 18th): “That was a frustrating race. I was actually always good in the first two sectors, but never got myself into position on the long straight, from which I was able to attack. Therefore, I spent almost the entire race behind Christian Vietoris.”

António Félix da Costa (BMW Team Schnitzer, 19th): “I had had problems with my braking all weekend. Despite this, I still managed to qualify just outside the top ten. Unfortunately I was not able to maintain that position over the entire race distance.”

Tom Blomqvist (BMW Team RBM, 22nd): “That was not an easy race. I was doing really well for the first few laps. After that, I tried to avoid putting too much strain on the rear tyres. However, I was losing time in the wrong places – particularly the last corner. That is why I lost positions. Then I made a mistake braking into turn eight and came off the track. Despite this, we learned a lot today. We will now take a very close look at everything and see what we can do tomorrow.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RBM, DNF): “I got off to a very good start and immediately overtook a few cars. Unfortunately I was then forced onto the grass and then hit by another car. The Shell BMW M4 DTM was too severely damaged to continue and my Saturday was over.

DTM standings.

Drivers’ Championship.
Jamie Green (50 points), 2. Edoardo Mortara (48), 3. Mattias Ekström (40), 4. Pascal Wehrlein (32), 5. Mike Rockenfeller (20), 6. Paul di Resta (15), 7. Gary Paffett (15), 8. Robert Wickens (14), 9. Martin Tomczyk (12), 10. Miguel Molina (12), 11. Marco Wittmann (12), 12. Maxime Martin (12), 13. Nico Müller (8), 14. Timo Glock (5), 15. Timo Scheider (4), 16. Bruno Spengler (2), 17. Daniel Juncadella (1), 18. Augusto Farfus (1).

Team Championship.
Audi Sport Team Rosberg (58 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (52), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt (48), 4. gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG (32), 5. SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG (29), 6. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (24), 7. BMW Team RMG (24), 8. EURONICS/BWT Mercedes-AMG (15), 9. BMW Team Schnitzer (12), 10. BMW Team MTEK (7), 11. PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG (1), 12. BMW Team RBM (1).

Manufacturers’ Championship.
1. Audi (182 points), 2. Mercedes-Benz (77), 3. BMW (44).

Check out the highlights from the race:

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