Jonathan Aberdein drives the CATL BMW M4 DTM to fourth place in Saturday’s race at Zolder.

BMW:Jonathan Aberdein drives the CATL BMW M4 DTM to fourth place in Saturday’s race at Zolder.

Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) gave a strong performance in the
15th race of the DTM season at Zolder (BEL) to claim
fourth place in his CATL BMW M4 DTM. The South African driver
celebrated his greatest success as a BMW works driver. Timo Glock
(GER, iQOO BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4
DTM) also finished in the points, claiming ninth and tenth places respectively.


Aberdein followed up Friday’s practice session by reaching fourth
place in qualifying to suggest that he was coping well with the cold
conditions. He confirmed that in the race as he remained in the fight
for a podium finish right to the end. Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM)
also had a good turn of speed and was running in the top six before
falling back after receiving a drive-through penalty due to a
collision with Jamie Green (GBR, Audi). Sheldon van der Linde (RSA,
Shell BMW M4 DTM) also had to take a drive-through penalty. The two
drivers crossed the line in twelfth and 13th places,
directly behind Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM), who returned to the
scene of last week’s podium finish to claim eleventh position.


Reactions to the 15th DTM race of the 2020 season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“After qualifying, it was clear that the race would be hard work. The
cold temperatures are a real challenge. Jonathan did very well.
Driving close behind another car for such a long time is tough on the
front tyres. We have known that for many years in the DTM and today we
saw that again with Jonathan and Timo. You have to try and overtake.
If you don’t manage that, things get difficult. Congratulations to
Jonathan on his fourth place. That is a very good result for him. He’s
on an upward trajectory at the moment and I hope that he will make
more progress tomorrow. Of course, three BMWs in the top ten is not
the result that we had expected or hoped for. We will have to see if
we can get to grips with the tyre wear a bit better tomorrow and
improve a bit in qualifying. Congratulations to René Rast on the win.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
14th, Race: 10th, Drivers’ standings:
7th, 91 points):

“There’s not much to be said after the race. We moved up from
14th place to tenth and managed to score a point. With our
early pit stop, we hoped that the safety car would make another
appearance but that was not the case, so the strategy didn’t work out.
We are losing too much time on the straights compared to the other
cars around us. That is a bit frustrating. We have to analyse that and
hopefully we will improve for tomorrow.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
13th, Race: 9th, Driver’s standings:
5th, 104 points):

“There’s really not much to be said after today’s race. I think that
finishing ninth represents a solid result when you consider that I
started from 13th on the grid.”


Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
15th, Race: 11th, Drivers’ standings:
11th, 51 points):

“I was unable to continue with the second set of tyres in qualifying
due to some extreme vibration and I had to return to the pits. That
knocked us back to 15th on the grid. We were relying on a safety car
in the race but unfortunately that didn’t work out.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
7th, Race: 12th, Drivers’ standings:
12th, 45 points):

“The car was really good today. I made a good start and had a good
first lap. It was quite disappointing to get a drive-through penalty
for my collision with Jamie Green. However, the positive aspect is
that the package worked really well today. It was a shame that we
couldn’t convert that into a good result.”

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
4th, Race: 4th, Drivers’ standings:
13th, 45 points):

“It was a good race for us. We started from fourth position and were
still in fourth as we crossed the finishing line, just a few seconds
behind third place. I think we recorded the best possible result and
have to be pleased with that. It was still a very big gap to first
place so we still have some work to do ahead of tomorrow’s race to
improve the car and record as good a result as possible.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 11th, Race: 13th, Drivers’ standings:
6th, 99 points):

“Of course, I’m not very happy with how the race turned out. I
received a penalty on the Indy restart and qualifying hadn’t gone so
well this morning as I made too many mistakes. We have to pull
everything together for tomorrow. The car definitely has the pace to
do better. The penalty cost us a few points today. That is
disappointing for me but we will try again tomorrow.”

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