Jens Marquardt: “May the best man win in Hockenheim – in a fair finale.”
Four wins, four podiums and title aspirations right down to the final race: BMW Motorsport can look back on a successful comeback season in the DTM. Speaking in an interview ahead of the season finale in Hockenheim (DE) on 21st October, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt sums up the year so far and reveals what the BMW teams are out to achieve on the final race weekend of the year.
Even in your wildest dreams you’d have struggled to come up with such impressive results for BMW.
Mr. Marquardt, the 2012 DTM season is drawing to a close. Are you happy with what BMW Motorsport has achieved in the past nine races? “Of course I am absolutely delighted with the way our comeback season has panned out. If anyone had seriously told us before the start of the season we would still be in with a realistic chance of winning the title come the final race of the year, I would have told them they were mad. Prior to the opening race in Hockenheim, our goal was to ensure we were competitive as soon as possible. As it turned out, this was the case very quickly indeed – and we celebrated our first victory in just the second race at the Lausitzring, courtesy of Bruno Spengler. Subsequent successes confirmed this triumph was no flash in the pan.”
BMW drivers have stood on the top step of the podium on four occasions … “I doubt very many people would truly have believed we would win four of the first nine races and achieve a total of ten podiums. Even I often catch myself looking at these remarkable statistics with eyes wide open: even in your wildest dreams you’d have struggled to come up with such impressive results for BMW. However, it was not just Bruno Spengler with his three wins or Augusto Farfus with his victory in Valencia who provided us with highlights this year. All our six drivers have been able to produce strong and impressive performances. The newcomers in our contingent have found their feet very quickly and have all picked up points. Reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk has also had three podium finishes. That just goes to show what a sensational job BMW Motorsport, the three BMW teams and our drivers have all done. I am unbelievably proud of my team.”
But you do want to win, don’t you? “Of course. We have nothing but real racers in our team. Anyone involved in motorsport wants to win races and, ideally, titles. I am just trying to emphasise the fact that we have nothing to lose going into the season finale. We have more than lived up to our expectations in 2012. The title race in Hockenheim is the icing on the cake. We will be doing our very best to allow Bruno to leapfrog Gary Paffett with another good result. When the chequered flag is shown in Hockenheim for the last time this year, we will know just how successful we have been.”
Are you satisfied with the performance of the three BMW teams? “The wins and podiums achieved by BMW Team Schnitzer and BMW Team RBM, as well as the top three finishes for BMW Team RMG in Spielberg, at the Norisring and the Nürburgring, speak for themselves. We have also seen very good performances from the crews during pit stops. It is no coincidence, for example, that BMW Team Schnitzer has regularly been recognised as the fastest pit crew by tyre manufacturer Hankook. All three teams have entered the DTM willing to throw themselves into a new adventure together with BMW Motorsport, and ready to learn at record speed. The fact that we were able to reach a competitive level so quickly is a credit to every single member of the BMW squad.”
Source: BMW Motosport