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BMW driver Marco Wittmann unbeatable at Nürburgring

Nürburg – Marco Wittmann has his maiden DTM title within reach. Thanks to a faultless performance in the seventh round of the season at the Nürburgring, the German BMW M4 DTM driver extended his lead in the drivers’ standings even further. Mattias Ekström, the 24-year-old’s fiercest rival, retired from the race following a collision in the opening stages. “This is a great success for us. Slowly, we can really start talking about the title. Towards the end of the race, it still was a little close, because Mike Rockenfeller was able to close up. I think that his tyres were better than mine in the closing stages of the race. Now, we have to continue like this,” Wittmann enthused after his lights-to-flag victory. In total, 80,000 fans visited the DTM event in the Eifel.

With his Audi RS 5 DTM, Mike Rockenfeller took the chequered flag in second place, 1.2 seconds down. At the start, the 30-year-old pipped his fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara and didn’t give up his position throughout the 49 lap race. “In the last few laps, I was able to close up to Marco Wittmann a little but further, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to mount an attack. I tried all the time to close up with fast lap times, but he simply was faster. However, second place is also a great result for the Phoenix team in its home race,” the Audi driver commented. Mortara completed the podium in third place.

Classified fourth, Paul Di Resta only just missed out on a podium finish. The Brit, who started from eighth on the grid, gradually worked his way up through the ranks. “My verdict is very positive. We were able to challenge for a podium finish by our own means. My thanks go out to the entire crew for having done a perfect job. I am very confident for the races to come,” the 28-year-old said. Four other drivers of a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé completed the strong showing by Mercedes-Benz at the Nürburgring.

Mattias Ekström will be facing a tough job when he still wants to challenge Marco Wittmann in the battle for the title. The Swede, second in the drivers’ standings, is 64 points down with three races to go. For the Audi driver, all his hopes of a good result were blown in the opening stages of the race. “In the third corner, I tangled with an opponent. Because of that, something broke on the right of my car and I had to retire,” the 36-year-old explained. Tied on points with the two-times’ champion, Edoardo Mortara also still has a chance to win the title.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “That was a very emotional weekend for us. Losing Dieter Lamm last week was really moving. Marco Wittmann’s victory is a boost for the entire team. Like this, we are making a big step towards the title, but I kindly ask all those who want to congratulate us to wait, because today, we have seen how quickly a race can be over.”

Dieter Gass, head of DTM, Audi: “Basically, having two drivers on the podium is a good result in the DTM. Congratulations to Mike Rockenfeller and Edoardo Mortara. Of course, the fact that only the two of them managed to use their good starting grid positions, isn’t satisfying. Today, we have seen some situations that we need to look at once again in quiet. Losing four out of eight cars because of collisions hurts.”

Wolfgang Schattling, head of DTM management, Mercedes-Benz: “We can live very well with the race result and fourth place for Paul Di Resta, because the Nürburgring doesn’t particularly suit us. I am very happy for the entire team that we managed to get five cars into the top ten.”

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Pole position for Audi driver Miguel Molina at Oschersleben

Oschersleben. Miguel Molina has secured first place on the grid for the second round of the DTM season in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. With his Audi RS 5 DTM, the Spaniard completed his fastest lap of the 3.696 kilometres long circuit in the Magdeburg area in 1:20.007 minutes. “I am so happy. This is my third pole in the DTM and it always is a great feeling. I had a perfect car, it was just like I wanted it. I like this track; it is quite technical, one has to be a real racing driver,” the 25-year-old said. Molina’s advantage over second-placed Marco Wittmann (BMW) was more than half a second. Behind the winner of the Hockenheim season opener, Adrien Tambay (Audi) will be starting from third place.

Wittmann, who will be starting the race next to Molina from the front row of the grid with his BMW M4 DTM, was satisfied with his qualifying result. “I am very happy with second place, because it was a little bit difficult today. I had a bit of a struggle with the car. However, we are very confident and optimistic for tomorrow with second place on the grid. We will certainly attack,” the German announced.

Pascal Wehrlein was the fastest driver with a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in qualifying. The 19-year old only just failed to make it into the final qualifying heat and will be starting the second DTM round of the year from tenth place on the grid. “Things were going slightly better than at Hockenheim, but everyone knows that we are still lacking the pace. We have to analyse all the data and we have a long way ahead of us. After all, we can’t change our entire car within a fortnight. When it rains, we might have better chances,” the Mercedes-Benz driver said referring to the weather forecast for Sunday.

Once again, rookie driver António Félix da Costa (BMW) showed a strong performance by qualifying fourth ahead of Timo Scheider and defending champion Mike Rockenfeller (both Audi). For Paul Di Resta, however, qualifying was disappointing. For the second time already, the 2010 DTM champion, who is racing in the DTM again after three years in Formula 1, retired after the first of three qualifying heats. In Sunday’s race, the Brit will start from 21st place.

According to the new sporting regulations, performance weights will be in use for the first time at Oschersleben. Based on the result of the season opener at Hockenheim, BMW drivers Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Augusto Farfus and Joey Hand each had to add five kilograms. Their fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin and António Félix da Costa each got 2.5 kilograms of additional weight. On the other hand, all seven Mercedes-Benz drivers were allowed to drive a car that is five kilograms lighter.

A rundown of the tyre choice of all the drivers for the start of the race will be available during the evening at www.dtm.com. The drivers can choose from the standard tyre or the option tyre from series partner Hankook; the latter can only be used in the race. The second race of the season will be run over 51 laps and 188.496 kilometres and starts on Sunday at 13:30hrs (12.30hrs BST). ARD is broadcasting live from Oschersleben from 13:15hrs (12.15hrs BST).

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22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM

TIMO GLOCK CLAIMS MAIDEN DTM VICTORY IN SEASON FINALE—

Hockenheim. Great joy for Timo Glock: in the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the BMW driver claimed his maiden victory in the most popular international touring car series. In an action-packed race with numerous duels and overtaking manoeuvres, he was the first to cross the finish line after 41 laps. Roberto Merhi (Mercedes-Benz) was classified second, 2.787 seconds down. The Spaniard had started from 21st position and next to his two mandatory pit stops, he also had to complete a drive-through penalty for a jump start. Already-crowned champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) failed to score points for the only time this year. He was classified 16th