Strong and innovative technology partners for the new BMW M4 GT3.

BMW:Strong and innovative technology partners for the new BMW M4 GT3.

Munich. The development of the new BMW M4 GT3 is in full swing
– and BMW M Motorsport can count on the support of a number of
proven, strong technology partners. They are contributing components
for various areas of the new GT3 flagship. The collaboration with
these technology partners is set to run for several years.

 

“We can all hardly wait to see our teams in action with the BMW M4
GT3 at racetracks around the world from 2022,” said Markus Flasch, CEO
of BMW M GmbH. “We want to provide our racing customers with a car
with which they can seamlessly follow on from the success they have
enjoyed with the BMW M6 GT3. We also want to impress more customers
with the BMW M4 GT3 and win them as teams. The new car offers
state-of-the-art technology, thanks in no small part to our technology
partners. They are among the best in their respective fields, and we
are delighted that they are supporting us in the development of the
BMW M4 GT3 with their specific expertise and components. This is the
perfect basis for a successful new race car.”

Shell and Akrapovič are among the long-term technology partners of
BMW M Motorsport, and are also involved in the BMW M4 GT3. As ‘Premium
Technology Partner’ of BMW M Motorsport, Shell Lubricants contributes
state-of-the-art lubricants and transmission oils, and also provides
the fuel for tests. Slovenian company Akrapovič is the leading
manufacturer of premium exhaust systems and has its roots in motor
racing. Akrapovič has been an established name in international
motorsport for almost three decades and, with its innovative exhaust
systems, has been instrumental in countless titles and race wins for
its motorsport partners.

Endless Advance Co. Ltd. is ‘Official Partner’ in the field of brake
technology. The Japanese company, its European subsidiary Endless
Brake Technology Europe AB, and BMW Motorsport have already worked
together for several years. Endless plays its part in the BMW M4 GT3
project with the development of sophisticated racing brakes and also
provides technical support.

Another innovation in the BMW M4 GT3 is the new hydrostatic modular
clutch actuator from Schaeffler. This technology, which heralds the
next generation of clutch automation, has recently been introduced in
production vehicles and has impressed from the word go. The Schaeffler
clutch actuator is now finding its way to the racetrack in the BMW M4
GT3 and, with its innovative technology, will allow far more dynamic starts.

When it comes to the chassis, BMW M Motorsport is also extending its
collaboration with two proven technology partners to include the BMW
M4 GT3. Special springs from H&R and racing dampers from chassis
manufacturer KW automotive will ensure that the new race car holds the
road perfectly in any conditions.

Original Press Release

DTM Class 1 era draws to a close at Hockenheim: Jonathan Aberdein finishes in seventh place.

BMW:DTM Class 1 era draws to a close at Hockenheim: Jonathan Aberdein finishes in seventh place.

Hockenheim. The Class 1 era in the DTM has drawn to a close
with the 18th and final race of the 2020 DTM season at Hockenheim
(GER). Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) was the best-placed BMW driver,
finishing seventh in his CATL BMW M4 DTM. Behind him, Timo Glock
(GER, iQOO BMW M4 DTM) finished eighth to conclude 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 positions. The South African driver finished sixth in the
drivers’ standings. Marco Wittmann (GER) secured eleventh place in the
final race in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM and completed the season in
ninth place overall. Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) crossed the
finish line in 16th place on Sunday. BMW scored 500 points in the
manufacturers’ standings.
 
Between 1984 and 1992 and from
2012 to 2020, BMW competed in a total of 339 DTM races, recording 89
wins, 307 podiums and 75 pole positions. A BMW driver claimed the
drivers’ title six times: Volker Strycek in 1984 (GER), Eric van de
Poele in 1987 (BEL), Roberto Ravaglia in 1989 (ITA), Bruno Spengler in
2012 (CAN), and Marco Wittmann in 2014 and 2016. Since the DTM
comeback in 2012, BMW has completed 140 races and celebrated more than
40 wins. The manufacturers’ title went to Munich (GER) in 2012, 2013
and 2015.
 
Reactions to the 18th DTM race of the 2020 season.

 
Jens Marquardt:

“We are all getting a bit nostalgic after the final race of the
Class 1 era in the DTM. Since our DTM comeback in 2012, we have
enjoyed some fantastic times at BMW Motorsport, celebrating numerous
titles and wins together. Unfortunately, the 2020 season did not go as
we had hoped – and the two final races at Hockenheim did nothing to
change that. Nonetheless, I would like to thank the entire team for
their tireless effort, the pure passion and readiness to battle right
to the end and constantly give their all – after wins and defeats,
this mentality is always what drives us on at BMW and allows us to
overcome every situation. I would also like to express our
appreciation for our DTM partners of many years’ standing and thank
them for their loyalty and support, and the great collaboration in
recent years. Personally, I will continue to follow future races as a
fan of BMW Motorsport. Congratulations to René Rast on his third DTM
championship title. He has made his made his mark on the racing series
over recent years.”
 
Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
16th, Race: 11th, Drivers’ standings:
9th, 95 points):


“I had hoped to make up for earlier disappointment at the end of
the Class 1 era, but unfortunately we weren’t really competitive over
the whole weekend. With that in mind, I have to admit that I am happy
that this difficult season is over. But I am also looking to the
future with confidence, especially after the plans for the coming
years announced this weekend by Gerhard Berger and his team. That all
looks very promising. Many thanks to the whole team, and to RMG and
BMW Motorsport. They deserve massive respect for completing this
season despite the extremely difficult pandemic conditions. The past
months have been very tough for them, with so many races close
together. They didn’t even make it home between some of the races. We
have all earned a bit of a break.”
 
Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
9th, Race: 8th, Driver’s standings:
5th, 120 points):


“Of course, it is a shame that the DTM as we know it is drawing
to a close, but when one door closes, another opens. That is why we
have to keep looking forward and wait to see what the future brings.
It is little consolation that I completed the season as the best BMW
driver, as it was not our aim to finish fifth. Audi simply did a
better job this year, we have to recognize that. However, I am quite
happy with my performance when I think back over the last year. I can
only thank my guys and the whole RMG team. Everyone has done a great
job in recent years, always providing me with a superb car. That is
why I am wrapping up this season with mixed feelings.”
 
Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
14th, Race: 16th, Drivers’ standings:
12th, 51 points):


“That was a season of ups and downs. My victory at the
Lausitzring was a real highlight. Towards the end of the season, we
were no longer able to build on that success. Nonetheless, I am
thankful for this season and for the support from BMW Team RMG and BMW
Motorsport. Now I am looking ahead with a positive mindset and looking
forward to what awaits me.”
 
Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
11th, Race: 10th, Drivers’ standings:
13th, 48 points):


“This race marks the conclusion of what has been a
character-building year for me. If I am being honest, not everything
has gone well. In qualifying and during the final laps of the race, I
attempted to enjoy every metre in the BMW M4 DTM. Who knows when I
will once again be able to drive such a fast racing car. Many thanks
to everyone from BMW Team RBM for three great years that have seen me
make friends for life. Thanks as well to BMW Motorsport for giving me
the chance to drive in the DTM. Now I am really looking forward to the
career challenges that the future holds. I am still young and have a
lot of plans for the coming years.”
 
Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
5th, Race: 7th, Drivers’ standings:
11th, 62 points):


“That was a very tough race. Our competitors once again
delivered a significant improvement compared to yesterday. I gave my
all and scored some more points by finishing seventh, but in all
honesty, that was the most I could have achieved today. Nonetheless, I
would like to thank BMW Team RBM for their great support this season.
I think that we looked pretty good during the final races, compared to
our BMW team-mates, but of course I would have preferred to be
competing for wins and podiums.”
 
Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 12th, Race: 9th, Drivers’ standings:
6th, 108 points):


“It has always been my dream to drive one of these fantastic
cars in the DTM. I managed to do that for two years and celebrated my
first win this season. That was very important for me. It’s a shame
that the Class 1 era is now over. Many thanks to BMW Team RBM and to
BMW Motorsport for their support. I feel right at home here.”

Original Press Release

Jonathan Aberdein is the best-placed BMW driver in the first race of the final DTM weekend at the Hockenheimring.

BMW:Jonathan Aberdein is the best-placed BMW driver in the first race of the final DTM weekend at the Hockenheimring.

Hockenheim. Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM) was the
best-placed BMW driver in the penultimate race of the current DTM
season, finishing in fifth position at the Hockenheimring. The
result saw the South African driver move up two places to eleventh
in the drivers’ standings. Robert Kubica (POL) from the privateer
BMW customer team ART Grand Prix in eighth place and Philipp Eng
(AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4
DTM) in ninth and tenth were the other three BMW drivers to finish
in the points.

Aberdein recorded the third-fastest time in qualifying but started
from sixth position after the imposition of a grid penalty and was
unable to break out of the back end of the field for a long period.
However, a safety car period shortly before the end of the race gave
him the opportunity to leap forward. He crossed the line in sixth
position and then moved up once more to fifth after a penalty for Mike
Rockenfeller (GER / Audi). Aberdein now has 56 points and moves up
from 13th to eleventh place in the drivers’ standings.

Things looked promising for some time for van der Linde, who stayed
in touch with the leaders after starting fourth on the grid, but fell
back towards the end of the race. Eng defended his top-ten position
for the duration of the race, crossing the finish line in ninth place.
Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) took the chequered flag in twelfth.
The race was over for Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM)
after a collision at the very start. Timo Glock (GER) also suffered
some bad luck: he was forced to retire his iQOO BMW M4 DTM just before
the end.

 

 

Reactions to the 17th DTM race of the 2020 season.

Jens Marquardt:

“You have to say, that was an eventful race. After the cold
temperatures in qualifying this morning, we were actually in a pretty
good position with the cars in fourth, fifth and sixth. But you could
see at the start of the race; we knew it would be a real battle to
keep the tyres going. I feel really sorry for Jonathan Aberdein and
Sheldon van der Linde, because they deserved a better result than
finishing in fifth and tenth places. Of course, it’s positive that we
were able to get Philipp Eng over the line in between them, but the
safety car did shake things up. Put simply, you can see that it is
difficult to keep the tyres warm when the temperatures are cold. That
is why we did as well as we could here. We have to try to finish
higher up in qualifying tomorrow. Then we’ll go full throttle again.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
14th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 8th, 95 points):

“I had a good start and was able to move up by two or three places
before turn one. Then I got hit on the left from behind. That spun me
to the left and I smacked into the barrier with Harrison Newey. The
contact was totally unexpected. I will have to take a look at the TV
recording first to see what happened, but of course, it’s a real shame
that my race finished so early.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
13th, Race: DNF, Driver’s standings: 5th, 116 points):

“The start went really well and I moved up two places. After the
restart, I even made it to the top six. I was feeling good to start
with, but then my tyres deteriorated pretty quickly. The tyres meant
that my car just wasn’t really balanced. I had so much graining that I
was unable to do anything and the second set of tyres didn’t make any
difference at all. That was the same set of tyres we’d used in
qualifying, which unfortunately just didn’t work out at all. We had no
grip at all for the whole stint. Then the car started to pull heavily
to the left at the front and really didn’t want to turn, especially
going into the right-handers. Then the car was really pumping on the
brakes, and at some point I was just unable to slow down in the Sachs
turn, so I went straight into the gravel trap.”

 

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
16th, Race: 12th, Drivers’ standings:
12th, 51 points):

“In general, the last few races have been difficult. The balance was
good in qualifying today, but we will have to take a close look at how
we can improve overall. That was the penultimate DTM race with this
generation of cars and I am trying to enjoy it all.”

 

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
5th, Race: 9th, Drivers’ standings:
13th, 47 points):

“Qualifying was great, although I am easily the slowest car on the
straights. We will really have to take a look at that for tomorrow, as
the balance and setup of the car were perfect. I think that this was
the best qualifying car I have had in this whole season. Of course,
things were difficult in the race due to the top speed problems, even
compared to my BMW team-mates. I think I did as well as I could have
done. We made a superb strategy call at the end when I pitted during
the safety car period – and we didn’t lose a single place.”

 

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
6th, Race: 5th, Drivers’ standings:
11th, 56 points):

“I have to say, that was a really interesting race. That grid penalty
for me was very unfortunate and knocked me back to sixth position.
There were a few tough moments in the race, which saw me lose a few
places and I had to battle back. All in all, it was a strong
performance. It was a shame that I lost two places at the end, as I
think that a fourth-place finish would have been possible.
Nonetheless, it was a good result overall.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 4th, Race: 10th, Drivers’ standings:
6th, 106 points):

“There’s not much to be said about this race. The start went really
well, as did the restart. I was in third place. Jamie Green then
overtook me later in the race. Then the safety car made another
appearance. After the second restart, it was like driving on ice. We
will have to look at the data and I don’t want to be too hasty in
making any comments, but it is clear that something wasn’t right. I
had no grip at all. We fell back from fourth to tenth in two laps. In
any case, we go on.”

 

Original Press Release

Projekt „Cobalt for Development” startet Schulungen für Bergbaukooperativen in Kolwezi, Demokratische Republik Kongo obalt for Development” project started trainings for mining cooperatives in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo

BMW:Projekt „Cobalt for Development” startet Schulungen für Bergbaukooperativen in Kolwezi, Demokratische Republik Kongo obalt for Development” project started trainings for mining cooperatives in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Schulungen für zwölf Minenkooperativen des Kleinstbergbaus beteiligen über 1.500 Bergbauarbeiter +++ Aktivitäten in den Gemeinden haben bereits über 1.800 Menschen erreicht +++ Volkswagen ist neues Mitglied der industrieübergreifenden Initiative von BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI und Samsung Electronics

Original Press Release

“Cobalt for Development” project started trainings for mining cooperatives in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo

BMW:“Cobalt for Development” project started trainings for mining cooperatives in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo – The
cross-industry initiative “Cobalt for Development” has started
trainings for twelve artisanal mining cooperatives in October in
Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The trainings cover
major environmental, social and governance aspects for responsible
mining practices. This includes mine site management and legal
compliance, human rights, health and safety as well as environmental
management. The initiative intends to train more than 1,500 artisanal
cobalt miners by mid-2021. BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung
Electronics had initiated the project “Cobalt for Development” to
better understand and address challenges for responsible artisanal
mining in the region. Since January 2019, the Deutsche Gesellschaft
für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is commissioned to
implement the project together with non-governmental organizations.
Volkswagen recently joined the initiative as new partner. “ For our
e-mobility strategy, sustainable and responsible sourcing of raw
materials is of utmost importance. In this regard, cobalt plays a
vital role, despite a decreasing amount of the raw material in newer
generations of batteries for electric vehicles. Through this
initiative, we would like to add to our sustainable raw material
strategy by delivering impact on the ground – in close cooperation
with strong partners,” said Ullrich Gereke, Head of Procurement
Strategy of Volkswagen Group.

In 2019, the project began testing how living and working conditions
in Kolwezi’s artisanal cobalt mines and in the surrounding communities
can be improved. The project has developed interactive training
methods and materials that can be adapted to any artisanal cobalt
mining cooperative in DR Congo. “The training curricula offer
practical risk mitigation guidelines for occupational and
environmental risks. They are benchmarked with Congolese and
international law and standards,” explained Steven Hofmann, project
director “Cobalt for Development”. The project implements the
trainings in close collaboration with artisanal mining cooperatives
and with SAEMAPE, the government authority in charge of artisanal and
small-scale mining. “This partnership with experienced artisanal
mining actors is the essence of our approach,” Steven Hofmann
emphasized. “We jointly implement our training methodology and
strictly avoid duplicating existing services.” On-site coaching will
begin in the upcoming months to support technical improvements in the
areas of occupational safety, environmental management and legal
conformity at mine sites.

Creating additional income opportunities for families in artisanal
mining areas will reduce the dependence on their children contributing
to family income and enable them to attend school. Therefore “Cobalt
for Development” has been carrying out impactful community activities
in Kisote and neighboring villages with its partner Bon Pasteur/Good
Shepherd International Foundation since September 2019. So far, more
than 1,800 residents of these communities – children, their parents
and other community members – have benefitted from improved access to
education and new income opportunities. A new, seven-classroom
building for Kisote’s public elementary and secondary school was
inaugurated on October 26. The former school building will be
renovated and converted into a vocational training center. The members
of two women associations already successfully completed a vocational
training course in breadmaking. Trainings in farming and financial
literacy as well as the establishment of money savings groups support
further income-generating activities. Additional activities include
training in positive parenting, women’s rights and conflict resolution.

While the partners do not intend to operate artisanal mines, it is
planned to test at a specific pilot site under what conditions
responsible artisanal mining could be viable. The project has so far
screened 36 artisanal mines to identify a suitable site that fulfils
two minimum requirements: legality as well as accessible and
sufficient cobalt deposits. One of these mining sites currently under
evaluation is located next to Kisote. “Cobalt for Development” is
engaging with private and public concession holders of cobalt mines to
select a viable, legally operating pilot site. Learnings and insights
gained from trainings and community engagement will contribute to a
better understanding of responsible artisanal mining and how to
improve the working and living conditions for miners and their
communities.  This project also contributes to the goals of global
initiatives, such as the Global Battery Alliance, to foster
sustainable supply chains.

 

Media contacts:

BASF SE

Christine Haupt

Phone: +49 621 60-41040

Email:   Christine.Haupt@basf.com

BMW Group

Kai Zöbelein, Sustainability Communications

Phone: + 49 89 382-21170

Email:   Kai.Zoebelein@bmw.de

Samsung SDI

Dongjun Choi

Phone: +82 2 2255-2616

Email: d-jun.choi@samsung.com

 

Volkswagen

Nikolas Thorke, Volkswagen Corporate Communications

Tel. +49 152 54904662

nikolas.thorke1@volkswagen.de

 

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine
economic success with environmental protection and social
responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on
contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and
almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six
segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface
Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF
generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the
stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts
(BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

About BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries. In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2,520,000
passenger vehicles and more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The
profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on
revenues amounting to € 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the
BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees. The success of the BMW
Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible
action. The company has therefore established ecological and social
sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product
responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an
integral part of its strategy. Further information at www.bmwgroup.com

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative
ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs,
smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network
systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the
latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

About Samsung SDI

Samsung SDI intends to lead the market as “a creative leader in
energy and advanced materials”. Founded in 1970, Samsung SDI currently
produces advanced materials for use in the IT and automotive
industries, secondary batteries for ESS (energy storage systems), and
materials for semiconductors and displays. Samsung SDI has its head
office, research center and production facilities located in Korea,
and has overseas production facilities and sales bases in North
America, Europe, China and Southeast Asia. For sustainable growth,
Samsung SDI pursues harmonious growth by seeking measures to realize
its vision of social and environmental values while creating economic
value as well. Further information at www.samsungsdi.com

About the Volkswagen Group:
The Volkswagen
Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s
leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.
The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries:
Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti,
Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania
and MAN. The passenger car portfolio ranges from small cars all the
way to luxury-class vehicles. Ducati offers motorcycles. In the light
and heavy commercial vehicles sector, the products range from pick-ups
to buses and heavy trucks. Every weekday, 671.205 employees around the
globe produce on average 44,567 vehicles, are involved in
vehicle-related services or work in other areas of business. The
Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.

In 2019, the total number of vehicles delivered to customers by the
Group globally was 10.97 million (2018: 10.83 million). The passenger
car global market share was 12.9 percent. Group sales revenue in 2019
totaled EUR 252.6 billion (2018: EUR 235.8 billion). Earnings after
tax in the fiscal year now ended amounted to EUR 14.0 billion (2018:
EUR 12.2 billion).

About “Cobalt for Development”

The project “Cobalt for Development” aims at sustainably improving
artisanal mining working conditions as well as living conditions for
surrounding communities in Congo. In cooperation with the local mining
cooperatives, government authorities and civil society organizations,
the project intends to strengthen legal compliance, improve health and
safety conditions, environmental management as well as economic and
social well-being. In January 2019, the companies BASF, BMW, Samsung
Electronics and Samsung SDI commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to implement this fully
privately financed cross-industry initiative. In 2020, Volkswagen
joined the project. None of the commissioning parties operate project mines.

Original Press Release

Robert Kubica reaches the podium in the BMW M4 DTM for the first time – Timo Glock in fourth.

BMW:Robert Kubica reaches the podium in the BMW M4 DTM for the first time – Timo Glock in fourth.

Zolder.
At the 16th race of the season at Zolder (BEL),
Robert Kubica (POL) reached the podium for the first time in his DTM
career. Competing for the privateer BMW customer team ART Grand
Prix, he claimed third place in his BMW M4 DTM after a crazy race
with numerous retirements. Timo Glock (GER) was right behind him,
finishing fourth in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA,
Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM)
were also in the points, finishing seventh and eighth.

 

Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4
DTM) and Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM) all retired from the
turbulent race after collisions. Glock is the best-placed BMW
representative in the drivers’ standings, in fifth place with 116 points.

 

Reactions to the 16th DTM race of the 2020 season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“Congratulations to Robert Kubica and ART Grand Prix on their first
DTM podium with the BMW M4 DTM. I am delighted that the hard work of
our privateer customer team has been rewarded with this third place as
we approach the end of the season. Like Robert Kubica, Timo Glock
drove a faultless race and finished fourth to score some important
points in the drivers’ championship. Apart from that, it was a
disappointing race for us, even though Sheldon van der Linde and Marco
Wittmann did score points by finishing seventh and eighth. We will
have to take another careful look at the accidents involving Jonathan
Aberdein, Philipp Eng and Lucas Auer. The crucial aspect is that
Philipp Eng made it out of his car without injury. Many thanks to the
Zolder track marshals who reacted extremely well to the fire on his
car. We will do everything in our power to round off the season at
Hockenheim with a highlight.”

Robert Kubica (#8 BMW M4 DTM, privateer BMW customer team ART
Grand Prix, 3rd place):

“This is a great moment for the entire ART Grand Prix Team after a
difficult season. We had a lot to learn and needed to improve in many
areas. Everything worked really well today. We managed to steer clear
of all the problems and took our chances. We had really good pace in
the decisive stages of the race. The tyres were an important factor
today, so I didn’t push too hard after my pit stop and tried to keep
them alive. I was able to build up a lead over the cars behind me and
get home in third place.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
15th, Race: 8th, Drivers’ standings:
7th, 95 points):

“It was a tough weekend for me. Unfortunately, our pace was not
competitive. I wasn’t able to get going in qualifying or in the race.
I hope that things will look better for the finale at Hockenheim.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
14th, Race: 4th, Driver’s standings:
5th, 116 points):

“That was a crazy race. Almost half of the starting field was out by
the time we had completed about eight laps. I just concentrated on
steering clear of all the incidents and managing the tyres. That
worked well and I am pleased with fourth place, although I would have
preferred to have reached the podium, of course. At the same time, I
am delighted for Robert. He has earned this podium as he drove a great
race. He has made progress race by race and his hard work has now been rewarded.”

 

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
13th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 11th, 51 points):

“A disappointing race. There was a big crash in the opening stages
and then there was contact between me and Philipp Eng after the Indy
restart. My race was over after that. We just have to write it off. We
want to go back on the attack at Hockenheim.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
8th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 12th, 45 points):

“It was an unfortunate collision with Lucas Auer, there was nothing
else I could have done. I took a hit from outside on the left. Hats
off to the track marshals for getting the fire on my car under control
so quickly.”

 

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
6th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 13th, 45 points):

“My race was over early. There was contact between me and Fabio
Scherer on the entry to turn eight. It might have been a misjudgement
on my part, but I will have to take a closer look at it again to
understand what actually happened. It was a disappointing end to what
had otherwise been a good weekend.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 11th, Race: 7th, Drivers’ standings:
6th, 105 points):

“I had a good start and moved up two places on the first lap. After
that, it was just chaotic, with two safety cars. I was able to hold my
position but our strategy was blown. We tried to react to the two
safety cars but the others were just smarter today. Scoring points in
seventh place is OK but we want to be on the podium and winning.
Unfortunately, that was not the case this weekend. We will push on and
aim to conclude the season with a good result at Hockenheim.”

Original Press Release

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.

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.”

Original Press Release

Podium for Lucas Auer in the BMW M4 DTM in an eventful Sunday race at Zolder.

BMW:Podium for Lucas Auer in the BMW M4 DTM in an eventful Sunday race at Zolder.

Zolder. BMW DTM driver Lucas Auer (AUT) claimed his second
podium finish of the 2020 DTM season. In an eventful Sunday race at
Zolder (BEL), the Austrian finished third in the BMW Bank M4 DTM.
Timo Glock (GER / iQOO BMW M4 DTM), who started from pole position,
eventually came home in fourth place. Marco Wittmann (GER /
Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA / Shell BMW M4
DTM) also finished in the points.

 

Sunday began with a successful qualifying for the BMW teams. Glock
set the fastest time on a drying track to secure pole position. Van
der Linde joined him on the front row of the grid and started Sunday’s
race from second place, completing the best BMW qualifying result of
the season so far.

However, the race was packed with drama from the word go. Glock spun
into a gravel bed after contact in the opening corners and dropped to
the back of the field. The race then changed completely when a crash
involving Robin Frijns (NED / Audi) was followed by a safety car
period. The beneficiaries of that were the drivers who had already
been in for their mandatory pit stop and were then able to gain
positions. Those included Auer and Glock; Auer found himself on course
for a podium finish, and eventually crossed the finish line in third
place, followed by Glock in fourth.

Van der Linde had led the field during the safety car period, but
still had to come in for his mandatory pit stop. The same went for
Wittmann, who also led for several laps after the safety car period.
Ultimately, Wittmann finished eighth and van der Linde tenth. Jonathan
Aberdein (RSA / CATL BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT / ZF BMW M4 DTM)
were eleventh and 14th.

The eighth round of the season, with races 15 and 16, will take place
at Zolder again next weekend.

 

Reactions to the 14th DTM race of the 2020 season
at Zolder.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“This weekend’s second race at Zolder was a real emotional
rollercoaster. We had a great qualifying. Congratulations to Timo
Glock and Sheldon van der Linde on the first all-BMW front row of the
season. Unfortunately, the start did not run smoothly. We need to take
a closer look at why our starts were not so good this weekend. The
first lap was a bit chaotic, and Timo found himself way behind at the
back of the field after a collision. The safety car then promoted our
two cars that had come in early because they were well down the field.
Towards the end, they obviously really struggled on older tyres which
is why they were unable to attack the cars in front anymore. However,
third place for Lucas Auer and fourth for Timo was a well-deserved
result. After the safety car, the field was split in two. Marco
Wittmann was able to hold his ground in the end, and managed to stay
ahead of Nico Müller. We probably could have done better, but the
conditions were the same for everyone. I think we gained valuable
experience this weekend and laid a good foundation for Zolder II. The
qualifying performance can stay as it was, but we are obviously hoping
for a better start and a race without an appearance from the safety
car. We will push hard again.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
10th, Race: 8th, Drivers’ standings:
7th, 90 points):

“In a crazy race, which was mainly influenced by the safety car, I
was basically the best-placed car that had not stopped previously so I
can be really happy with my race and our pace. For me personally, the
safety car was a bit unlucky. After that, there was not a lot more I
could have done.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
1st, Race: 4th, Driver’s standings:
5th, 102 points):

“It was fantastic to get pole position this morning. We timed it
perfectly in difficult conditions. Unfortunately, my start was not
ideal and I simply braked too late in turn one. I lost the car, hit
Ferdinand Habsburg, and spun. In the end, I had a lot of luck with the
safety car period, which allowed me to finish fourth. We can be happy
with that, as the car was pretty damaged. On the whole, I think we
laid a good foundation for next weekend.”

 

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
12th, Race: 3rd, Drivers’ standings:
10th, 51 points):

“I am really happy for my guys and me. We are all trying our hardest
and have had some fantastic highs this season, but we have also had
some lows. I am delighted to pick up another trophy. The start was
super, and I got away really well. Our pit stop strategy was the right
one, and we obviously benefitted from the safety car. It all kicked
off again at the restart, but fortunately it all turned out well. I am
happy with the way we finished the race.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
15th, Race: 14th, Drivers’ standings:
12th, 45 points):

“That was a day to forget. Starting from 15th, I was under
no illusion that we could achieve anything big. Our car was good, but
the safety car came at an unlucky time for us. I was then given a
drive-through penalty for an infringement at the restart. After that,
the race was all but over for me. We must now move on from that and
turn things around as quickly as possible here at Zolder next weekend.”

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
9th, Race: 11th, Drivers’ standings:
13th, 33 points):

“It was a very tough race again. I had a good start and was running
in P6 but unfortunately we were unlucky with the timing of the safety
car and that put us back to 11th place for the rest of the
race. I think we definitely deserved more today but we take it on the
chin, analyse and improve for next weekend.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 2nd, Race: 10th, Drivers’ standings:
6th, 99 points):

“Race two is done and it was very disappointing. The start was quite
good and also the pace was strong. I was in P3, lost the position to
Robin Frijns and was in P4 for a bit but I felt comfortable in the
car. Unfortunately, the safety car came out which had major influence
on my race as I lost a lot of lap time so it was very disappointing
for me. I think there was a lot more points potential in it. But
anyway, we’ve been scoring the last eight or nine races. We need to
keep that up for the next weekend, feeling confident.”

Original Press Release

Timo Glock best-placed BMW M4 DTM driver in Saturday’s race at Zolder.

BMW:Timo Glock best-placed BMW M4 DTM driver in Saturday’s race at Zolder.

Zolder.
The DTM double-header at ‘Circuit Zolder’ (BEL) is underway.
The best-placed BMW driver in the 13th race of the 2020
season was Timo Glock (GER) in the iQOO BMW M4 DTM in fourth place.
Sheldon van der Linde (RSA / Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Philipp Eng (AUT
/ ZF BMW M4 DTM) also picked up more points.

 

In a thrilling qualifying session on Saturday morning, Glock secured
second place on the front row of the grid in damp conditions. The
newly asphalted track was mostly dry by the time the race started.
After position changes, Glock pulled off courageous overtaking
manoeuvres once again, and was on course to finish on the podium up
until lap 30 of 42. At that point he lost a position and dropped down
into fourth, which he defended down to the wire.

Van der Linde initially dropped from sixth on the grid to P13, but
then started working his way up the field into sixth place. The result
saw the South African maintain fourth place in the DTM driver’s
standings. Eng in ninth also finished in the points. Jonathan Aberdein
(RSA / CATL BMW M4 DTM) was eleventh, immediately ahead of Lucas Auer
(AUT / BMW Bank M4 DTM) in P12. Marco Wittmann (GER / Schaeffler BMW
M4 DTM) was in a strong fifth place up until the final stages, but a
gearbox problem forced him to return to the pits shortly before the
end of the race.

 

Reactions to the 13th DTM race of the 2020 season
at Zolder.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“In qualifying we did a good job in mixed conditions, and only just
missed out on pole position with Timo Glock. We were very
well-positioned with second, fourth, sixth and ninth on the grid, and
improved our performance in qualifying considerably. The actual race
wasn’t all that easy for us. You could see that we lost a bit of race
pace and weren’t able to keep up with it for the whole stint. It’s a
real shame that we only just missed out on the podium. Timo was so
close, but his tyres just weren’t good enough anymore at the end. I
feel really sorry for Marco Wittmann that he was unable to finish the
race due to a gearbox problem. We need to look at things in more
detail again for tomorrow to see if the strategies were right overall
and then try to get everything out of qualifying while also maintain
the pace in the race.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
4th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 8th, 86 points):

“It was a disappointing day for me in the end. You can’t ever be
pleased after a DNF. Recent weekends have shown that the cars are
extremely stable which makes it all the more disappointing that we
were unable to get any more out of today due to the technical defect.
The transmission was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn’t change it
which is why I had to return to the pit. While we weren’t able to be
up there fighting for the podium, we would have been good points for
P5 or P6. Now we are focussing fully on tomorrow.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
2nd, Race: 4th, Driver’s standings:
7th, 87 points):

“For sure, I would have been happy to be on the podium but it was
clear to me that the Audis would have strong race pace. You could see
that already yesterday in free practice. But in general I’m happy with
P4; we’ve scored some good points but against the top three we are not
strong enough at the moment. They are very good in terms of tyre
management and that is where we are still struggling and need to
improve. Tomorrow, we need the car to be again in the top three in
qualifying because here it’s very important to be upfront as
overtaking is difficult. That needs to be the target for tomorrow.”

 

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
9th, Race: 12th, Drivers’ standings:
12th, 36 points):

“My qualifying was okay with ninth on the grid. In the race itself we
pitted too late, which meant we were undercut a bit. To be honest, our
pace wasn’t quite enough to get any more out of the race. We need to
work on that and see that we make progress for tomorrow.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Grid:
11th, Race: 9th, Drivers’ standings:
10th, 45 points):

“My race was exciting. I had a good start and a good first lap. We
changed the car in a way that suited me much better than yesterday.
Unfortunately, all the duels in the race meant I lost a lot of time.
After I was overtaken off-track I got stuck behind Jamie Green for a
few laps. Obviously that didn’t help us. Despite that I am pleased
with the progress and hope that we will be able to build on it tomorrow.”

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Grid:
14th, Race: 11th, Drivers’ standings:
13th, 33 points):

“It was a really tricky race. It started already in qualifying when
we qualified in P14 so we gambled on a safety car which I think was
the best option from where we started but obviously it didn’t
materialise so it was all about saving the tyres to the end. We will
now try to analyse and make smart decisions for tomorrow.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Grid: 6th, Race: 6th, Drivers’ standings:
4th, 96 points):

“It was an eventful first race for me. I made a really good start and
gained some positions but was stuck in the middle into turn one. That
was very tricky and I just tried to stay out of trouble but in turn
two I was pushed off into the gravel so I lost many positions as I
almost completely spun the car. From then onwards we changed our
strategy on the go and we had really good pace in the second stint. I
drove all the way up to P6 in the end so I am very, very happy with
this recovery, for sure, but still a bit disappointed as it could have
been much more today because we were really competitive in the race.
We are trying to keep the momentum going for tomorrow.”

Original Press Release

The next double-header: BMW DTM teams enter the final third of the season at Zolder.

BMW:The next double-header: BMW DTM teams enter the final third of the season at Zolder.

Munich. After two weekends without races, the BMW DTM teams
now enter the final third of the compact 2020 DTM season. Zolder
(BEL) is the venue for the next double-header where the Belgian
circuit will host rounds seven (9th to 11th
October) and eight (16th to 18th October) of
the season. The finale will then take place at Hockenheim (GER) at
the start of November.

 

Zolder is inextricably linked with the DTM, and could be regarded as
the ‘birthplace’ of the touring car series. On 11th March
1984, ‘Circuit Zolder’ hosted the inaugural race – a race won by BMW.
After a dramatic race, it was Harald Grohs (GER) who crossed the
finish line first in his BMW 635 CSi and, in doing so, went down in
motorsport history books as the first ever DTM winner. In 2019, after
an absence of 17 years, the DTM returned to Zolder – and BMW again
enjoyed success in Belgium, this time with the BMW M4 DTM.

The top step of the podium at Zolder was once again occupied by a BMW
driver when at his team’s home event, BMW Team RBM driver Philipp Eng
(AUT) won the Saturday race two claim his maiden DTM victory. His
team-mate at the time, Joel Eriksson (SWE), came home second to make
it a one-two. In Sunday’s qualifying session, Sheldon van der Linde
(RSA) secured his first pole position in the DTM, before Eng finished
runner-up in the Sunday race to claim his second podium of the weekend.

 

Quotes ahead of the race weekends at Zolder.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“We are now entering the final stages of this unusual and compact
season. After last year’s success, we are very much looking forward to
returning to Zolder and to spending two back-to-back race weekends at
this iconic circuit. Our goal is to play a role at the front of the
field in the remaining races, and to claim more wins and podiums. All
of us – our drivers, teams and engineers – are passionate racers and
working intensively to produce some more highlights this season.”

Bart Mampaey (BMW Team RBM Team Principal):

“We have not forgotten our successful home event at Zolder last year.
On the Saturday, we claimed our first victory with Philipp Eng, with
Joel Eriksson following him home in second place. On the Sunday, we
took pole position with Sheldon van der Linde, before Philipp claimed
another strong podium result with second place. It was a fantastic
weekend for us at BMW Team RBM. We also saw just what a fantastic
circuit Zolder is for DTM cars in general. As such, we are delighted
to have two Zolder rounds on the calendar this year. I am sure we will
have two weekends of exciting racing, and we will do everything we can
to ensure that we also have fond memories of Zolder 2020.”

Stefan Reinhold (BMW Team RMG Team Principal):

“We have used the break since the three consecutive weekends at Assen
and at the Nürburgring to recharge our batteries and prepare
meticulously for the final third of the season. Two fascinating race
weekends await us at Zolder. The circuit is an old-school track, and
our performance there was generally very good last year. Okay, so the
safety car periods and eventful way the races unfolded did not play
into our hands, but we saw that the track does generally suit us and
we have the potential for top results. We want to convert that into
good results this year. We are well prepared for the double-header at Zolder.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG,
Drivers’ standings: 7th, 86 points):

“After the intensive weeks with the DTM triple-header and the races
on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, including the 24-hour race, I have
been able to use a free weekend to recharge my batteries. We now move
on to the double-header at Zolder. Last year we were well positioned
there, but were rather unfortunate with the safety car, otherwise, we
could probably have had a one-two for BMW Team RMG. As such, I am
hoping for a good weekend, especially as we have enjoyed an upwards
trend at BMW in recent weeks. We want to back that up now and produce
some highlights and get some good results in the final third of the season.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Driver’s
standings: 8th, 73 points):

“I am looking forward to Zolder and another pair of back-to-back race
weekends. I have always had a lot of fun at these double-headers so
far. Spending so much time in the car is a positive thing. I hope we
have two good weekends at Zolder and am intrigued to see what the
weather does. That could obviously be an issue. We will definitely
prepare for any conditions.”

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’
standings: 11th, 36 points):

“Zolder is new territory for me. I have never driven a DTM car there,
but I am hugely looking forward to the circuit. It looks really
demanding and technical. It is an old-school track, which I find very
cool. I think that qualifying will be important, but push-to-pass and
DRS mean that it will still be possible to climb through the field. I
am looking forward to two exciting weekends.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Drivers’
standings: 10th, 43 points):

“It’s obviously always cool to have a double-header. I have very fond
memories of Zolder where I had my strongest weekend of the last season
with my first DTM win on Saturday and second place on Sunday. I will
remember my first ever DTM victory for the rest of my life and I hope
that at the same venue, just at a different time, I can celebrate a
win again, or ideally several. I am looking forward to it and can’t
wait for it to start.”

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’
standings: 13th, 33 points):

“We are heading into the final three races of the season and it
really feels like it has gone by so quickly. It feels like yesterday
that we were at Spa. Now we are entering the final stretch. We’ve made
quite some steps forward the last few races and last year, Zolder was
a strong round for BMW as a whole so we want to try to replicate the
pace the BMWs showed there last year. I think it will be for sure
tough weekends with some tricky weather conditions but definitely some
good results on the table.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Drivers’ standings: 4th, 88 points):

“I’m very excited to go back to Zolder. This track carries a lot of
special memories for me with my first DTM pole position there last
season. It’s definitely a very good track for me personally and one
that I like very much. It is definitely one of my favourites on the
calendar. I think we had a pretty strong season so far given the
circumstances, we’re fourth of the championship standings and we can
build on it now. For sure we need to keep pushing, we’ve got the
momentum on our side so we will do everything to have strong weekends
and finish up at the very front.”

 

Original Press Release