BMW Motorsport ready for its “home race” at the Nürburgring

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The Nürburgring has been a permanent fixture on the DTM calendar since 1984.

Munich (DE) - After its debut in Moscow (RU), the DTM returns to familiar territory for the seventh race of the 2013 season: the eight BMW drivers will go hunting for top results at the Nürburgring (DE) on 18th August. Last season, Bruno Spengler (CA) claimed BMW’s ninth DTM victory at the iconic circuit in the Eifel region of Germany.

Bruno Spengler, BMW Team Schnitzer, Portrait
Bruno Spengler, BMW Team Schnitzer, Portrait

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The eventual DTM champion provided the perfect end to BMW M’s 40th anniversary celebrations, which took place over the course of the race weekend. Spengler was joined on the podium by Martin Tomczyk (DE) who finished third at the home event of BMW Team RMG, which is based in nearby Niederzissen (DE).

The Nürburgring has been a permanent fixture on the DTM calendar since 1984. The eight BMW M3 DTMs will line up on the 3.629-kilometre version of the Grand Prix Circuit. The drivers will complete 49 laps before they see the chequered flag. The layout offers a little bit of everything: from quick sections to tight chicanes.

With a total of 67 points, Spengler is currently the best-placed BMW driver in the Drivers’ Championship. Although he was unable to pick up points at the latest race at the “Moscow Raceway” (RU), he remains second overall and leader Mike Rockenfeller’s (Audi, DE) closest rival. In total, five BMW drivers are in the top ten of the Drivers’ Championship. Spengler is followed by Augusto Farfus (BR), Marco Wittmann (DE), Dirk Werner (DE) and Joey Hand (US) in fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth.

BMW Team Schnitzer lies third in the team competition on 93 points. BMW has led the Manufacturers’ Championship since the opening race of the season, and travels to the Nürburgring with 217 points to its name.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “After the successful debut in Russia, our BMW teams now return to an iconic racetrack in Germany: the Nürburgring. We share a lot of history with this circuit. Nineteen victories at the 24-hour race, the BMW Ring Taxi and the BMW M Test Center at the foot of the Nürburg: BMW and the Ring are simply well suited to one another.

Although the Nürburgring is 550 kilometres from Munich, our relationship with the circuit makes this weekend feel like a home race – especially as BMW Team RMG is based not far from the racetrack. Last year we had reason to celebrate: Bruno Spengler won, while Martin Tomczyk came home third to take his place on the podium.

We will be going all out to put on a good show again this season for BMW fans and our many guests in the Eifel Mountains – and to pick up a lot of points.”

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer): “After the DTM debut in Moscow, we are now faced with a familiar challenge at the Nürburgring. The team is pulling out all the stops to ensure our cars are ideally prepared for the classic in the Eifel Mountains. The tight schedule is a challenge, but one we are happy to face.

We have a lot of special memories of the Nürburgring. Bruno Spengler’s victory in 2012 was a milestone on the way to winning the title. We are looking forward to returning. Hopefully we will have a bit more luck than we did in Russia.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM): “Although we enjoyed a successful outing at the DTM debut in Russia, it is still a nice feeling to get back to a familiar circuit. The Nürburgring circuit is closely associated with the history of BMW. The brand has celebrated many major successes here. I think the track really suits both our drivers. For this reason, I am confident we can build on the success we enjoyed at the last race, where Augusto Farfus finished third and Joey Hand seventh.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “The Nürburgring is our home race, just 20 minutes from our team headquarters in Niederzissen. We shall have a lot of family and friends there at the weekend. The season has been a very difficult one so far. Therefore, the desire to get back on track at our home race is even higher than usual. Everyone at BMW Team RMG is motivated and looking forward to the race on our doorstep in the Eifel region.”

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): “The Nürburgring is a modern circuit and provides great working conditions for the teams. After the last race did not exactly go to plan for us, we want to make the race in the Eifel Mountains count again. As DTM rookies, we have made a good start to the season and proven, in some situations, just what is possible when everything falls into place. We have to build on that. Our pace is basically good. It is important we improve in qualifying, then the good results will return again.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 1, BMW Team Schnitzer): “For me, the Nürburgring is a very special place because I have won there three times. It was here last year that I scored my second pole and second victory for BMW. It was pretty much a perfect weekend all round for me. The spectators are always very passionate about racing and real motorsport fans. I am particularly looking forward to feeling that unique atmosphere.”

Dirk Werner (car number 2, BMW Team Schnitzer): “The Nürburgring is only a three-hour drive from my home in Würzburg, so it feels like a home race. Last year I finished just outside the points, which was annoying. This year I will be going all out to finish in the top ten, at least. In my second year in the DTM, it should be easier to achieve this goal.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 7, BMW Team RBM): “It is always nice to go back to the Nürburgring. I have so many great memories of the place. There is always a question mark about the weather there, but if it is consistent we certainly have every chance of putting together a good race.”

Joey Hand (car number 8, BMW Team RBM): “The Nürburgring enjoys a long tradition in motorsport – and you can sense that as a driver. This season I am finding it easier to get on the pace right from the start of the weekend, as I am driving these tracks for a second time. It is a track that should suit me. I have come a long way since last year, and want to back up my good form at the Nürburgring.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 15, BMW Team RMG): “The Nürburgring is one of my favourite race tracks. It is always a pleasure to arrive a bit earlier and do a lap of the famous Nordschleife in a BMW M road car. I drove in the 24-hour race in May, and it is a great feeling to return to this historic venue with the DTM. Hopefully I can finally score my first points of the season here.”

Andy Priaulx (car number 16, BMW Team RMG): “The track conditions can change quite a bit between practice and qualifying. The circuit has a low level of grip, but the racing is quite good as you have a good overtaking opportunity in turn one and the hairpin. I like it because it is flowing and there are a couple of heavy braking zones with some nice fast changes in direction. It also has a great atmosphere.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 21, BMW Team MTEK): “I am looking forward to the DTM returning to Germany after its excursion to Moscow. I like the Nürburgring a lot and have already had some success there in the past. I actually raced there for the first time in 2007 in Formula BMW. I hope my team and I will have a weekend like the one we enjoyed in Spielberg. To do so, I need to get the weekend off to a better start and be further up the field in qualifying.”

Timo Glock (car number 22, BMW Team MTEK): “I know the Nürburgring quite well from my time in Formula BMW and Formula One. I am now looking forward to going on the track in a DTM car for the first time. I have a lot of fond memories of the circuit, so am optimistic I can get back into the top ten. A podium in the Eifel Mountains would be a dream come true for me.”

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