BMW Motorsport drivers reactions to the third race at Spielberg

BMW Motorsport claimed a historic one-two-three at the third DTM race of the season in Spielberg.

Bruno Spengler (CA) won, ahead of Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE). It was the first time since the comeback in 2012 that a BMW driver had occupied all three steps of the podium. The last time was at the finale of the 1992 season in Hockenheim (DE), when BMW completely monopolised the top five. Read here what BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, the four team principals and eight drivers had to say after the second race of the season.

BMW Celebartions; 2nd Marco Wittmann, BMW Team MTEK BMW M3 DTM, 1st Bruno Spengler, BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M3 DTM, 3rd Timo Glock, BMW Team MTEK BMW M3 DTM
BMW Celebartions; 2nd Marco Wittmann, BMW Team MTEK BMW M3 DTM, 1st Bruno Spengler, BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M3 DTM, 3rd Timo Glock, BMW Team MTEK BMW M3 DTM

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Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“That is a historic triumph for BMW. It is the first time since our DTM comeback that we have had three BMW drivers on the podium. I am very proud of the entire team. Bruno Spengler produced a flawless display, leading from start to finish to move to the top of the overall standings. The new BMW Team MTEK and its team principal Ernest Knoors also deserves a huge compliment: in only their third DTM race, our young rookie Marco Wittmann and our somewhat older rookie Timo Glock finished second and third to claim their first podiums. You have to take your hat off to that. Everything really came together perfectly today. We must make sure we savour the achievement. We will enjoy today.”

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer): “That was a great race day for us in Spielberg. It is nice to get our first win of the year under our belts. Bruno Spengler did another fantastic job. It was once again a very close affair. It is very competitive out there. However, he just keeps on pulling out flawless displays. The engineers provided him with a perfect car for the job. It has been our day – our weekend. Everything came together perfectly: the pit stops, strategy, everything. That is how racing should be. Dirk Werner also finished in the points, making it a very successful race weekend for us.”

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):
“It is simply unbelievable that we have reached this level in such a short time. Our team is young and motivated – and learning every day. We want to enjoy this moment of success. That obviously takes a bit of pressure off us. Our drivers Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock deserve great praise. They have integrated superbly in the team and have pushed us on. We knew we could be successful if everything came together. That was the case today.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):
“This is a fantastic result for BMW. Congratulations to the other two teams. We didn’t have the ideal pace today. For a while it looked as though Augusto Farfus might not even finish in the top ten. Then our pit crew produced a great stop to make sixth place possible. In contrast, the stop did not go to plan for Joey Hand. These things can happen when you are changing the tyres within a matter of seconds. Despite this, thank you to the crew, who secured sixth place for us. We expected more but, generally speaking, it is a great day for BMW.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “Congratulations to BMW Motorsport. That really is a fantastic overall result. And congratulations to BMW Team MTEK and team principal Ernest Knoors, for whom I am particularly pleased. We were also a new team when we celebrated our first podium here in 2012. I know how he feels now. We, on the other hand, had another difficult race. Above all, it is a shame Martin Tomczyk’s race was once again ruined by a rival car, just as it was last time out.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 1, BMW Team Schnitzer, 1st):
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“A one-two-three is simply sensational. That does not happen very often in motor racing. We had one of those weekends, for which you spend your entire life working. However, it was not as easy as it looked. My pace was very good throughout the entire race, but I had to push in the middle of my first stint in order to stay in front. This victory belongs to BMW Team Schnitzer. The strategy, with the late second stop, was the key to the success.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 21, BMW Team MTEK, 2nd):
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“I am extremely happy with second place. Bruno was simply unbeatable today. I did not get off to a particularly good start, but had fantastic pace after that and was able to pull away from the cars behind me. It was an awesome race for BMW Team MTEK. My team-mate Timo Glock also made it onto the podium in only his third DTM race – just as I did. That is definitely worthy of a celebration.”

Timo Glock (car number 22, BMW Team MTEK, 3rd):

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Timo Glock, BMW Team MTEK BMW M3 DTM

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“That was a dream weekend for everyone at BMW Team MTEK. To land both cars on the podium in only our third race, and with such a short period of preparation: you cannot overstate the achievement. Thank you to my crew – the strategy was perfect today. It has taken almost four years for me to finally be back on the podium. It is awesome that it happened so quickly in the DTM. The one-two-three for BMW is also magnificent.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 7, BMW Team RBM, 6th):
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“The car was difficult to drive. However, we survived even though car was just not quick enough. It is just good to bring some points home, but I had obviously hoped for more than that. Congratulations to the guys on the podium. They did a great job.”

Dirk Werner (car number 2, BMW Team Schnitzer, 8th):
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“It was an exciting race. I had a very good start and first lap, which I am happy about. After my pit stop, with the option tyres I had quite a good pace, but not quite good enough to be as fast as Timo. I was hanging on and was quite happy with the car. In the end after our second pit stop I came out in a group of cars where we really had to fight hard to defend positions. I lost one to Ekström but was able to keep Paffett behind me. I am happy about the points.”

Andy Priaulx (car number 16, BMW Team RMG, 19th):
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“I really have very little to say after today's race. I wish I could explain exactly what the problem is. The car was just not quick enough. I have tried everything I can to find the solution and so has the team, so it is not from a lack of trying. We must try to forget this race as quickly as possible.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 15, BMW Team RMG, DNF):
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“The race started well and I was in fifth soon after the start. Basically my car was not good enough to follow the others, but after the crash with Merhi it was not drivable anymore and I had to retire. It is a shame but it is like it is. This is the second time this year I have not been able to finish a race, so I am not happy about that.”

Joey Hand (car number 8, BMW Team RBM, DNF):
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“Mistakes happen. That is motor racing. We win and lose together, so I am not blaming my mechanics. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic BMW Team RBM. The guys work pretty hard for their success. Generally speaking, my car was not as bad as my start position possibly suggested. The Parc Fermé conditions obviously mean we cannot change very much overnight after qualifying. However, I am certain I could have made up a few places. It is a real shame.”

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Series DTM
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Joey Hand , Martin Tomczyk , Bruno Spengler , Augusto Farfus , Timo Glock , Dirk Werner , Bart Mampaey , Marco Wittmann , Charly Lamm
Teams BMW Team RMG , BMW Team RBM , BMW Team Schnitzer , BMW Team MTEK
Article type Practice report
Tags andy priaulx, augusto farfus, bruno spengler, dirk werner, dtm, marco wittmann, martin tomczyk, timo glock