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Source: BMW GroupHockenheim. The DTM class 1 era came to an end with the 18th and final race of the 2020 DTM season in Hockenheim (GER). Finally, Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) was the best-placed BMW driver in his CATL BMW M4 DTM in seventh place. Behind him, Timo Glock (GER, iQOO BMW M4 DTM) finished eighth and finished the season as the best-placed BMW driver in the overall standings in fifth place with 120 points. Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) crossed the finish line in ninth and tenth place. The South African finished sixth in the drivers’ championship. Marco Wittmann (GER), who finished eleventh in the final race in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, finished the season in ninth place overall. Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished in 16th place on Sunday. BMW collected 500 points in the manufacturers’ championship. BMW completed a total of 339 DTM races between 1984 and 1992 and from 2012 to 2020, achieving 89 victories, 307 podiums and 75 pole positions. The driver’s title went to a BMW driver six times: 1984 to Volker Strycek (GER), 1987 to Eric van de Poele (BEL), 1989 to Roberto Ravaglia (ITA), 2012 to Bruno Spengler (CAN), 2014 and 2016 to Marco Wittmann. Since the DTM comeback in 2012, BMW has completed 140 races and celebrated 40 victories. In 2012, 2013 and 2015 the manufacturer title went to Munich (GER). Reactions to the 18th DTM race 2020 in Hockenheim. Jens Marquardt: “After the last race of the Class 1 era of the DTM, we all feel a little sad. Since our DTM comeback in 2012, we’ve had a great time at BMW Motorsport and celebrated many titles and victories together. Unfortunately, from a sporting point of view, the 2020 season did not go as we wanted – the two final races in Hockenheim couldn’t change that either. Nevertheless, a big thank you goes to the entire team for their tireless commitment, the pure passion and willingness to fight to the end and give everything at all times – whether victory or defeat, this mentality is what drives us at BMW and every situation can master. But I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our long-standing and valued DTM partners for your loyalty and support as well as the great cooperation in recent years. From now on I will personally follow the future BMW Motorsport races as a fan. Congratulations to René Rast on his third DTM championship title. He’s left his mark on the racing series in recent years. “Marco Wittmann (# 11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 16th, race result: 11th place, drivers’ ranking: 9th, 95 points):” Me had hoped for a conciliatory end to the Class 1 era, but unfortunately we weren’t really competitive over the entire weekend. With this in mind, from a purely sporting point of view, I’m honestly happy that this difficult season is over. But at the same time I am very confident about the future, also after what Gerhard Berger and his team have presented in terms of plans for the coming years this weekend. It all looks very promising. A big thank you goes to the entire team, both at RMG and at BMW Motorsport. The fact that they pulled through this season under the severely difficult pandemic conditions deserves the greatest respect. The last few months with so many races in a row have been very tough for her. Sometimes they didn’t come home at all between the races. So we all deserve a break now. ”Timo Glock (# 16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, starting position: 9th, race result: 8th place, drivers’ classification: 5th, 120 points):“ It Of course it’s a shame that the DTM as we know it is now coming to an end. But somewhere a door always closes and another one opens. That’s why you have to look ahead and wait and see what the future brings. It is of course only a small consolation that I finish the season as the best BMW driver because it wasn’t our goal to finish fifth. Audi just did a better job this year, that has to be recognized. When I think back to last year, however, I am very happy with my performance. I can only thank my boys and the whole RMG team. Everyone has done a great job over the past few years and has always given me a great car. That’s why I leave this season with a laughing and a crying eye. ”Lucas Auer (# 22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 14th, race result: 16th, driver standings: 12th, 51 points) : “That was a season with ups and downs. The absolute highlight was my victory at the Lausitzring. Towards the end we unfortunately didn’t have the means to build on this success. Nevertheless, I am grateful for this season and for the support from BMW Team RMG and BMW Motorsport. Now I look positively into the future and look forward to what is to come. ”Philipp Eng (# 25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, starting position: 11th, race result: 10th, driver standings: 13th, 48 points) : “With this race, a very character-building year comes to an end for me, in which not much has worked out, if I’m honest. I tried to enjoy every meter in the BMW M4 DTM in qualifying and also in the last race laps, because who knows if and when I will drive such a fast racing car again. Many thanks to everyone in BMW Team RBM for three great years in which I made friends for life. Thanks also to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to drive in the DTM at all. Now I am very excited about the next challenges in my career. I’m still young and have big plans in the coming years. ”Jonathan Aberdein (# 27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, starting position: 5th, race result: 7th, drivers’ classification: 11th, 62 points):“ That was a very tough race. Compared to yesterday, our competitors were once again able to improve significantly. I gave everything and scored a few more points with seventh place. But to be honest, that was all I could achieve today. Nevertheless, I would like to thank BMW Team RBM for the great support this season. I think in direct comparison to our BMW colleagues we mostly looked good in the last few races, even if I would of course have preferred to race for victories and podium places. ”Sheldon van der Linde (# 31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, grid position : 12th, race result: 9th, driver standings: 6th, 108 points): “I’ve always dreamed of driving these great cars in the DTM. I’ve been able to do that for two years and celebrate my first win this season. That was very important to me. It’s a shame that the Class 1 vehicles are now over. Many thanks to BMW Team RBM and BMW Motorsport for their support. I feel at home here. “
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