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Source: BMW GroupZolder. At the 16th race of the season in Zolder (BEL), Robert Kubica (POL) made it onto the podium for the first time in his DTM career. In the BMW M4 DTM used by the private BMW customer team ART Grand Prix, he finished third in a crazy race with many failures. Timo Glock (GER) finished fourth directly behind him in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) also scored points in seventh and eighth. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) retired in a turbulent race due to collisions. In the driver standings, Glock is the best-placed BMW driver in fifth place with 116 points. Reactions to the 16th DTM race 2020 in Zolder.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “Congratulations to Robert Kubica and ART Grand Prix on their first DTM podium with the BMW M4 DTM. I am pleased that the hard work of our private customer team was rewarded with this third place shortly before the end of the season. Like Robert Kubica, Timo Glock drove a flawless race and scored important points for the drivers’ standings in fourth. In addition, the race was unfortunately disappointing for us, even if Sheldon van der Linde and Marco Wittmann were seventh and eighth. We have to take a closer look at the accidents of Jonathan Aberdein, Philipp Eng and Lucas Auer in the analysis. Most importantly, Philipp Eng got out of his car unharmed. Many thanks to the marshals in Zolder, who reacted very well to the fire on his car. We will now do everything in our power to end the season in Hockenheim with a highlight. “
Robert Kubica (# 8 BMW M4 DTM, private BMW customer team ART Grand Prix, 3rd place): “This is a great moment for the entire ART Grand Prix team after a difficult season. We had to learn a lot and improve in many areas. Everything worked great for us today. We stayed out of all problems and took our opportunities. We had very good pace in the crucial racing phases. The tires were an important factor today so I didn’t push too hard after my pit stop to keep them going. I managed to get a lead over my pursuers and then finish third. “
Marco Wittmann (# 11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 15th, race result: 8th, driver standings: 7th, 95 points): “It was a difficult weekend for me. Unfortunately we weren’t competitive in terms of pace. I couldn’t do anything in qualifying or in the race. I hope that things will look better at the finale in Hockenheim. “Timo Glock (# 16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 14th, race result: 4th, driver standings: 5th, 116 points): was a crazy race. After around eight laps, almost half of the starting field was out. I focused on staying out of all incidents and managing the tires. That worked well and I’m happy with fourth place, even though I would of course have preferred to have been on the podium. At the same time I am very happy for Robert. He deserves this podium because he drove a very strong race. He’s approached race after race and has now earned the wages he deserves for his work. “
Lucas Auer (# 22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 13th, race result: retired, drivers’ standings: 11th, 51 points): “A disappointing race. There was a big crash in the early stages, and after the Indy restart, Philipp Eng and I were in contact. After that my race was over. Now is the time to tick that off. We want to attack again at Hockenheim. ”Philipp Eng (# 25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 8th, race result: retirement, drivers’ standings: 12th, 45 points):“ It was an unfortunate collision with Lucas Auer , I couldn’t have done anything else. I was hit from the far left. Hats off to the marshals who brought the fire on my car under control so quickly. “
Jonathan Aberdein (# 27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 6th, race result: retirement, drivers’ standings: 13th, 45 points): “My race ended early. I had contact with Fabio Scherer when approaching turn eight. Maybe it was a misjudgment of mine, but I need to look a little deeper to understand what actually happened. That was a disappointing end to an otherwise strong weekend. “
Sheldon van der Linde (# 31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 11th, race result: 7th, driver standings: 6th, 105 points): “I had a good start and was able to take two positions on the first lap do well. From then on there was a lot of chaos and two safety car phases. I was able to hold my position, but our strategy was gone. We tried to react to the two safety cars, but the others were smarter today. The points for seventh place are okay, but we want to be on the podium and win. Unfortunately, that was not the case this weekend. We keep pushing to end the season at Hockenheim with a good result. “
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