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Source: BMW GroupZolder. The DTM double header on the “Circuit Zolder” (BEL) has started. The best-placed BMW driver in the 13th race of the 2020 season was Timo Glock (GER) in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM in fourth place. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA / Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT / ZF BMW M4 DTM) also scored more points. In an exciting qualification on Saturday morning, Glock secured second place in the front row when the conditions were still damp. At the start of the race, the newly paved track was largely dry. After changing positions, Glock once again showed courageous overtaking maneuvers and was on course for the podium until the 30th of a total of 42 laps before he lost a position and fell to fourth. He defended this place to the finish.
Van der Linde initially dropped from sixth on the grid to 13th, then started a race to catch up that led him to sixth place. With this result, the South African claimed fourth place in the DTM drivers’ championship. Eng also crossed the finish line in ninth place in the points. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA / CATL BMW M4 DTM) finished eleventh, directly ahead of Lucas Auer (AUT / BMW Bank M4 DTM) in twelfth position. Marco Wittmann (GER / Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) was in a strong fifth place until the final phase, but then had to pull into the pits early due to a shifting problem shortly before the finish. Reactions to the 13th DTM race 2020 in Zolder.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “In qualifying under mixed conditions, we did a good job and narrowly missed pole position with Timo Glock. With starting positions two, four, six and nine, we were very well positioned and were able to significantly improve our qualifying performance. It wasn’t easy for us in the race itself. You could see that we lost some racing pace and that we couldn’t keep up with it over the entire stint. It’s a shame, of course, that we narrowly missed out on the podium. Timo was really close, but in the end his tires just weren’t good enough anymore. I am very sorry for Marco Wittmann that he was unable to finish the race due to a transmission problem. We now have to take a closer look at the topics for tomorrow, including whether the strategies worked everywhere. And then try to get everything out of qualifying and at the same time keep the pace in the race. “
Marco Wittmann (# 11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 4th, race result: DNF, driver standings: 8th, 86 points): “In the end, it was a disappointing day for me. After a DNF you can of course never be satisfied. The last weekends have actually shown that the cars are extremely stable. That’s why it’s all the more disappointing that we couldn’t get it out today due to the technical defect. The transmission was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn’t change gears. That’s why I had to head for the pit. We weren’t able to actually fight for the podium, but in the end it would have been good points in fifth or sixth place. Now it’s time to focus fully on tomorrow. “
Timo Glock (# 16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 2nd, race result: 4th, driver standings: 7th, 87 points): “Of course I would have been very happy about a place on the podium, but I was it was clear that the Audis would have strong pace in the race. You could already see that in free practice yesterday. But overall, I’m happy with fourth place, we scored a lot of points with it. However, we are not strong enough against the top 3 at the moment. They are very well positioned in terms of tire management, while we are still having difficulties here and need to improve. Tomorrow we have to get the car back into the top 3 in qualifying, because here it’s important to be in front as overtaking is difficult. That must be our goal. “
Lucas Auer (# 22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 9th, race result: 12th, driver standings: 12th, 36 points): “My qualifying was okay with ninth on the grid. In the race itself we came into the pits too late and were a bit undercutted as a result. To be honest, our pace wasn’t quite enough to get more out of it. We have to work on that and see that we make progress for tomorrow. “
Philipp Eng (# 25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 11th, race result: 9th, driver standings: 10th, 45 points): “My race was exciting. I had a good start and a good first lap. We took the car in a direction that suited me a lot better than yesterday. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time through all the duels in the race. After being overtaken from off-track, I got stuck behind Jamie Green for a few laps. Of course, that didn’t help us. Nevertheless, I am happy about the progress and I hope that we can build on it tomorrow. “
Jonathan Aberdein (# 27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 14th, race result: 11th, driver standings: 13th, 33 points): “It was a really difficult race. It started with qualifying, which we finished in 14th place. So we played poker and hoped for a safety car. I think that was the best option from our starting position, but it didn’t work out. So it was then just a matter of saving the tires to the finish. We will now sit down, analyze and try to make the right decisions for tomorrow. “
Sheldon van der Linde (# 31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 6th, race result: 6th, driver standings: 4th, 96 points): “It was an eventful race for me. I got off to a really good start and made up a couple of positions, but then got into the fray at the beginning of the first corner. It was tricky and I just tried to stay out of everything. In turn two I was then pushed into the gravel. I turned almost completely and lost a lot of positions as a result. After that, we immediately changed our strategy and we had great pace in the second stint. I worked my way up to sixth place and I’m very happy with this race to catch up. On the other hand, I’m also a little disappointed, as I could have done a lot more today, because we were really competitive in the race. We are now trying to take this momentum with us into tomorrow. “
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