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Source: BMW GroupHockenheim. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM) finished the penultimate race of the current DTM season at the Hockenheimring as the best-placed BMW driver in fifth place. The South African made up two places in the drivers’ championship and is now eleventh. In Robert Kubica (POL) from the private BMW customer team ART Grand Prix in eighth place and Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) in ninth and tenth place, three other BMWs scored points Driver.
But yours, who set the third fastest time in qualifying, had to start the race from sixth position after a penalty and was waiting in the back of the field for a long time. After a safety car phase shortly before the end of the race, however, he made the leap forward. He finished sixth and subsequently moved up to fifth due to a penalty for Mike Rockenfeller (GER / Audi). With a total of 56 points, Aberdein improved from 13th to eleventh place in the drivers’ standings.
For a long time it looked promising for van der Linde, who initially kept contact with the leaders from fourth on the grid, but fell back towards the end of the race. Eng defended his position in the top ten for the entire race and crossed the finish line in ninth place. Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) saw the checkered flag in twelfth place. Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) retired immediately after the start of the race after a collision. Timo Glock (GER) was also unlucky: shortly before the end, he had to park his iQOO BMW M4 DTM early. Reactions to the 17th DTM race 2020 in Hockenheim.
Jens Marquardt: “An eventful race, you really have to say that. After qualifying this morning with the cold temperatures, we were actually sorted out pretty well, with the cars in fourth, fifth and sixth. But you already saw at the beginning of the race that it was going to be a real battle with tire life. I’m really sorry for Jonathan Aberdein and Sheldon van der Linde because they deserved a better race result than fifth and tenth place. The fact that we were able to place Philipp Eng ahead of that is definitely positive, but of course the safety car also mixed up a lot. You can tell that in the cold temperatures it is difficult to keep the tires alive. So we got the maximum out of here. Tomorrow we have to see that we are further ahead in qualifying. Then we go full throttle again. “
Marco Wittmann (# 11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 14th, race result: retirement, drivers’ standings: 8th, 95 points): “I had a good start and was able to gain two or three positions before the first corner . Then I was hit in the left rear corner that turned me to the left and joined the gang with Harrison Newey. The blow came totally unexpected. That’s why I first have to look at the TV pictures to see what actually happened. But of course it’s a shame that the race ended so early for me. ”Timo Glock (# 16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 13th, race result: retirement, drivers’ standings: 5th, 116 pts .): “The start was really good, I was able to win positions. After the restart I was even placed around the top six. I felt good at the beginning, but then my tire actually deteriorated pretty quickly. The car wasn’t really in balance, simply because of the tires. I was graining so much that I couldn’t do anything. And in the end with the second set of tires, nothing worked. That was the same set of tires that we put on in qualifying, which unfortunately didn’t work at all. We had zero grip throughout the stint. Then the car started jumping extremely at the front left and no longer really turned around, especially in all right-hand corners. And the car just pumped extremely hard on the brakes, and at some point I couldn’t slow the car down into the Sachs bend, and then it went straight into the gravel.
Lucas Auer (# 22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 16th, race result: 12th, driver standings: 12th, 51 points): “The last races were generally difficult. The balance was good in qualifying today, but we still have to look closely at how we can improve in general. It was the penultimate DTM race with this generation of cars, and I’m trying to enjoy it all. ”Philipp Eng (# 25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 5th, race result: 9th, driver standings: 13th ., 47 pts.): “Qualifying was great, even though I’m by far the slowest car on the straight. We really have to see that for tomorrow because the car’s balance and set-up were perfect. I had perhaps the best qualifying car I have ever had this season. In the race it was of course difficult with the top speed disadvantage that I had, also compared to my BMW driver colleagues. I think I got the best out of it. In the end there was a great strategy call when I came to the pits during the safety car phase – and despite everything we didn’t lose a seat. “
Jonathan Aberdein (# 27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 6th, race result: 5th, driver standings: 11th, 56 points): “A really interesting race, I have to say that. Unfortunately, I received an unfortunate grid penalty and was relegated to sixth place. There were some tough moments in the race where I lost a few positions and had to fight my way back. But all in all it was a strong performance. Unfortunately, I lost two positions in the end, because I think fourth place would certainly have been possible. Nevertheless, it was a good result overall. “
Sheldon van der Linde (# 31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 4th, race result: 10th, driver standings: 6th, 106 points): “There isn’t much to say about this race. The start was really good, as was the restart. I was in third place. Jamie Green then passed me later in the race. Then there was another safety car. After the second restart, I was on ice. We have to look at the data, I don’t want to rush to say something about it, but what is certain is that something went wrong. I had zero grip. We dropped from fourth to tenth in two laps. Anyway, let’s go on. “
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