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Sunday's #dtm race at the #norisring (DE) ended with major success for #bmw Team RBM: #tomblomqvist (GB) drove into second place in the Ice-Watch #bmw #m4dtm, after starting from pole position for the first time in his #dtm career. Behind him, #maximemartin (BE) delivered a fighting performance in the SAMSUNG #bmw #m4dtm to move up from sixth on the grid to finish in third place. This saw both drivers in Bart Mampaey's (BE) Belgian team make it onto the podium. Nico Müller (CH, Audi) celebrated victory on the 2.3-kilometre track.
The race went well for the #bmw drivers in general. Just like on Saturday, they benefitted from numerous incidents involving competitors, and a further four #bmw #m4dtm made it into the top 10. After fourth place on Saturday, local hero Marco Wittmann (DE) ended Sunday's race in sixth place in his Red Bull #bmw #m4dtm, which meant he regained the lead in the drivers' championship with 75 points. Bruno Spengler (CA, #bmw Bank M4 DTM) finished right behind him in seventh.
Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST #bmw M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (DE, #bmw M Performance Parts M4 DTM) delivered strong races from 20 and 23 on the grid, finishing in the points in ninth and tenth place. Accidents saw António Félix da Costa (PT, #bmw M4 DTM) and Augusto Farfus (BR, Shell #bmw M4 DTM) retire before the end of the race.
Reactions to the eighth race of the 2016 #dtm season.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “The fans in the grandstands were treated to the spectacular show they have come to expect. We did not expect to come away with such a good result. Obviously anyone starting from pole wants to win, but if anyone had told me before the weekend that #tomblomqvist and #maximemartin would finish second and third at the #norisring, I would have taken that immediately so my compliments to both of them, as well as Bart Mampaey and his entire team. We are very happy to have six cars in the top ten here. It is a shame for António Félix da Costa that his impressive performance did not get the result it deserved, and for Augusto Farfus that his race came to a premature end on the opening lap. We want to back this performance up when the #dtm returns from its three-week break in Zandvoort. Congratulations to Nico Müller on his win.”
Tom Blomqvist (BMW Team RBM, 2nd place): “All in all, I am very happy with the result. I made it onto the podium and scored 18 valuable points. We had not really reckoned on that going into the weekend. We even came very close to winning, but unfortunately I lost time towards the end of my first stint and in the pit stop. On the whole, however, my team did an incredibly good job. I would like to thank them all.”
Facts and Figures.
Norisring, 2.3 kilometres, 60 minutes plus 1 lap
Cloudy, 22 degrees Celsius
BMW Motorsport results:
31 #tomblomqvist (GB), #bmw Team RBM, Ice-Watch #bmw #m4dtm – 2nd place
36 #maximemartin (BE), #bmw Team RBM, SAMSUNG #bmw #m4dtm – 3rd place
11 Marco Wittmann (DE), #bmw Team RMG, Red Bull #bmw #m4dtm – 6th place
7 Bruno Spengler (CA), #bmw Team MTEK, #bmw Bank #m4dtm – 7th place
16 Timo Glock (DE), #bmw Team RMG, DEUTSCHE POST #bmw #m4dtm – 9th place
100 Martin Tomczyk (DE), #bmw Team Schnitzer, #bmw M Performance Parts #m4dtm – 10th place
13 António Félix da Costa (PT), #bmw Team Schnitzer, #bmw #m4dtm – DNF
18 Augusto Farfus (BR), #bmw Team MTEK, Shell #bmw #m4dtm – DNF
Tom Blomqvist celebrated his second podium position of the season. He also finished in second place in the Saturday race in Spielberg. He has been on the podium three times in his #dtm career to date.
BMW Team RBM had both drivers on the podium for the second time in their #dtm career. The Belgian team first achieved this with the Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus one-two result in Oschersleben (DE) in 2015.
Maxime Martin finished on the podium for the sixth time in his #dtm career. It was the second time this season, the previous time being at the Sunday race in Hockenheim (DE).
BMW has brought home seven podium positions this season.
Second place has been the best #bmw result at the #norisring since 2012. Martin Tomczyk finished in second place in the #bmw M3 #dtm back then.
Tomczyk delivered yet another impressive catch-up race from 23rd on the grid on Sunday, making up 13 positions. Timo Glock moved up eleven places after starting from 20th on the grid.
Blomqvist started from pole position for the first time in his #dtm career.
It was BMW's second pole position of the season, after Marco Wittmann started from first place on the grid in the Saturday race in Spielberg.
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