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Source: BMW GroupZolder. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) finished the 15th race of the DTM season in Zolder (BEL) in fourth place after a strong performance in his CATL BMW M4 DTM. With this, the South African celebrated his greatest success as a BMW works driver. Timo Glock (GER, iQOO BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) also finished ninth and tenth in the points. But yours had already indicated in the practice sessions on Friday and with fourth place in qualifying that he could handle the cold conditions well. He was able to confirm that in the race in which he fought for the podium until the end. Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) also showed good speed and was in the top 6 before he received a drive-through penalty for a collision with Jamie Green (GBR, Audi) and therefore fell back. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) also suffered a drive-through penalty. The two finished twelfth and thirteenth place directly behind Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM), who finished eleventh in the same place a week after his podium place this time. Reactions to the 15th DTM race 2020 in Zolder.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “After qualifying it was clear that the race would also be tough work. The cold temperatures are really a challenge. Jonathan did very well. If you drive behind another vehicle for a long time and close behind, it becomes difficult for the front tires. We have known that for many years from the DTM, and you saw that again today with Jonathan and Timo. You have to try to come by. If that doesn’t work, it will be difficult. Congratulations to Jonathan on his fourth place. That’s a very good result for him. He’s trend is up and I hope he’ll take another step tomorrow. With three BMWs in the top ten, we obviously didn’t achieve the result that we expected or hoped for. Accordingly, we have to see until tomorrow whether we can get the tire wear under control a little better and whether we can take another step forward in qualifying. Congratulations to René Rast on the victory. “
Marco Wittmann (# 11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 14th, race result: 10th, driver standings: 7th, 91 points): “There isn’t much to say after the race. We moved up from 14th place to tenth place and took one point with us. With our early pit stop we bet that the safety car would come out again, that was not the case and accordingly the strategy did not work. Compared to the other vehicles around us, we are currently losing too much time on the straight. It’s a little frustrating. We have to analyze it and hope that we will improve by tomorrow. ”Timo Glock (# 16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 13th, race result: 9th, driver standings: 5th, 104 points): “There isn’t really much to say after today’s race. I think ninth place is a solid result in the end when you consider that I started the race from 13th place. “
Lucas Auer (# 22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 15th, race result: 11th, driver standings: 11th, 51 points): “In qualifying, I couldn’t go on with the second set of tires because of strong vibrations and therefore had to return to the pits. That threw us back to 15th place on the grid. In the race we relied on a safety car strategy, but unfortunately it didn’t work. “
Philipp Eng (# 25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 7th, race result: 12th, driver standings: 12th, 45 points): “The car was really good today. I had a good start and a good first lap. The fact that I got a drive-through penalty for colliding with Jamie Green is pretty disappointing. In any case, it is positive that the package worked really well today. Unfortunately we could not convert that into a good result. “
Jonathan Aberdein (# 27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 4th, race result: 4th, driver standings: 13th, 45 points): “It was a good race for us. We started from fourth place and also finished in fourth place, just a few seconds behind third place. I think we got the best possible result and we have to be happy with it. The gap to first place was still very large, so we still have some work ahead of us until tomorrow to further improve the car and to achieve the best possible result again tomorrow. “
Sheldon van der Linde (# 31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 11th, race result: 13th, driver standings: 6th, 99 points): “Of course, I’m not very happy with the outcome of the race. I got a penalty at the Indy restart, and qualifying this morning, in which I made too many mistakes, didn’t go particularly well either. For tomorrow we have to bring everything together. The pace is definitely in the car to land further up the front. The penalty cost us a few points today. That is disappointing for me, but we will try again tomorrow. “
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