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      08-03-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Cool BMW claims top four finishes for the first time in the DTM since 1992 (@ Spielberg)

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BMW claims top four positions for the first time in the DTM since 1992: Wittmann wins, ahead of Farfus, Glock and Tomczyk, to extend his lead.

August 3, 2014


Spielberg (AT), 3rd August 2014. After last year's one-two-three, the BMW DTM teams moved up another gear at the sixth round of the season at the Red Bull Ring (AT) to claim the top four positions for the first time since the manufacturer returned to the DTM in 2012. Marco Wittmann (DE), at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, clinched his third win of the season at the 4.326-kilometre circuit in Spielberg (AT). In doing so, he also extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship.

Now with 95 points to his name, Wittmann has pulled 39 points clear of Mattias Ekström (SE, Audi) in second place. Augusto Farfus (BR, Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM) and Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) came home second and third after 47 laps of racing to join Wittmann on the podium. Martin Tomczyk (DE) finished fourth in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM to complete the quadruple success for BMW. This was Tomczyk's best result since the race at the Nürburgring (DE) in 2012.

The last time BMW occupied all four top positions at the end of a DTM race was at the finale of the 1992 season at the Hockenheimring (DE). Back then BMW actually had drivers in the top places, in the form of Roberto Ravaglia (IT), Johnny Cecotto (VE), Joachim Winkelhock (DE), Franz Engstler (DE) and Emanuele Pirro (IT). BMW scored a total 71 points in Spielberg – more than at any other race since making its comeback in the touring car series in 2012.

Bruno Spengler (CA) started tenth on the slower standard tyres in the BMW Bank M4 DTM, and crossed the line in exactly the same position. Joey Hand (US, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM) and Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) were both given a drive-through penalty and went on to finish 12th and 14th. António Félix da Costa (PT) had to retire 11 laps into the race due to a technical problem on the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. In total, 47,500 spectators followed the action at the iconic racetrack in the Styria region of Austria.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
"This is a historic success for us today – the first time we have occupied all of the top four positions since Hockenheim in 1992, and the best result since our return to the series. It was a sensational race from Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk – one driver from each of the four teams in the BMW M4 DTM. Today we can quite literally talk about 'Four in a Row'. A huge compliment goes to the entire team, who produced an absolutely top-class performance. The race was very intense and close at the front, particularly just after the start. After Marco fell back through the field a bit at the start, he did a great job of working his way back into the race. It then all calmed down at the front of the field towards the end of the race. Today is a fantastic day for us – and we are particularly delighted to have achieved this result against such a great backdrop and in front of so many spectators. We will celebrate today, and tomorrow we will start to focus on the next race at the Nürburgring, where the situation with the performance weight means we are bound to face a real challenge."


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Awesome !!!!

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Excellent!!! I hope to see more of this going forward.
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DTM seems to be MBs weak point.... they're dominating F1 though
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DTM seems to be MBs weak point.... they're dominating F1 though
No BMW or Audi; sure its easy for MB to dominate in F1 :-)
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I've seen the race, it was a great result for BMW
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Well BMW does need to make a triumphant return to F1, but not having either Audi or BMW in F1 certainly isn't the reason Mercedes is dominating.

Good to see BMW dominate DTM for sure. Hopefully it will translate into production cars with good feel and not a cushy ride with a bunch of electronic nannies.
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I guess I'll just be erasing that from my DVR, since I know the outcome now... lol
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Don't want to piss on the parade, but what was that leading MB "Ignoring drive-thru" black flag ? How many laps did they have - are DTM regs more strict than F1's ?
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How about a spoiler alert? You guys always ruin it for people that haven't seen it...
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BMW: Best Motorsport Winner.
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Don't want to piss on the parade, but what was that leading MB "Ignoring drive-thru" black flag ? How many laps did they have - are DTM regs more strict than F1's ?
He got a drive through penalty for an unsafe release in the pits, his team argued it with the officials for 3 laps and told him to stay out there, so after 3 laps they gave him a black flag for ignoring the penalty.
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BMW > Audi.....

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No BMW or Audi; sure its easy for MB to dominate in F1 :-)
Lol. I was just thinking the same thing. But BMW are doing very well. Congrats for them
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No BMW or Audi; sure its easy for MB to dominate in F1 :-)
BMW ran away from F1 like the little whiners they are.
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Awesome race. Recently start watching DTM, since F1 started getting a little boring.
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BMW ran away from F1 like the little whiners they are.
The only one I see whining in here is you. No need to be upset.

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BMW ran away from F1 like the little whiners they are.
Don't agree with your characterization.

They left F1 correctly anticipating the sharp drop in the worldwide economy, had nothing to do with racing results.
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