BMW M3 DTM on the streets of Nürnberg

The BMW M3 DTM on the streets of Nürnberg: 2013 DTM season kicks off a summer of hot action.

Munich (DE), 5th July 2013. After a four-week break, the 2013 DTM   season picks up speed again with the race at the Norisring (DE). On   14th July, the four BMW teams will be back in action at the only   street circuit on the DTM calendar in Nürnberg (DE). Despite having a   difficult weekend recently at the Lausitzring (DE), BMW lines up at   the fifth race weekend of the year as the leading manufacturer on 177   points. Reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler (CA) is second in the   Drivers’ Championship on 59 points, the same score as Audi driver and   current leader Mike Rockenfeller (DE). In the team standings, BMW Team   Schnitzer leads with 81 points to its name.

Thrilling duels and excitement right down to the last corner: the   rain-dominated thriller at the Norisring was one of the most exciting   races of the last DTM season. Two BMW drivers made the podium in 2012:   Martin Tomczyk (DE) as runner-up and Spengler in third place. This   year’s DTM race in Nürnberg once again promises to be another genuine   highlight. Nowhere else do the cars come so close to the crash   barriers as on the street circuit around the Dutzendteich lake. A   total of 135,000 fans followed the action on the 2.3-kilometre circuit   over the course of the weekend in 2012. The Norisring made its debut   on the DTM calendar in 1984 and has been popular with spectators and   fans alike ever since, thanks largely to its unique atmosphere.

One BMW driver is particularly looking forward to his outing in the   city in the Franconia region of Germany: Marco Wittmann (DE). The DTM   rookie grew up just 40 kilometres away in Markt Erlbach (DE) and moved   to Fürth (DE) this year. The street circuit, with its different   surfaces offering only limited grip, is also a happy uniting ground   for Spengler. It was here that he claimed his first DTM victory in   2006. In total, the Canadian has won three times in Nuremberg. BMW has   five DTM victories at the Norisring to its name.

For the first time this season we are offering journalists the   opportunity to discuss the technology side of the DTM in a relaxed   environment with a BMW Motorsport engineer on Sunday (from 09:00).   Rudolf Dittrich will be on hand to chat about “car set-up” over a   Bavarian breakfast in BMW Motorsport Hospitality.

Quotes ahead of the race at the Norisring:    

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“The DTM break is finally over – and few other circuits could offer a   better stage on which to end the first half of the season than the   Norisring. This circuit can look back on a long tradition and enjoys   cult status with the spectators. After the tough weekend at the   Lausitzring, everyone in our team is now extremely motivated to get   back to winning ways. We are also looking forward to the unique   atmosphere at this street race, and particularly to the BMW fans who   turned out in huge numbers to support us in 2012. Last year we   experienced one of the most nerve-wracking DTM races ever at the   Norisring. We want to do our bit to ensure the spectators will see   another exciting weekend this season.” 

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“Long straights, two hairpins, and an S bend – at first glance, the   Norisring looks to be a really simple layout. However, the first   impression is deceptive. As on any street circuit, the track surface   is extremely bumpy in some sections. On top of that, the Grundig and   Dutzendteich hairpins are very challenging. For the drivers, it is   crucial to find exactly the right braking point and to then position   the car very precisely. They have to be early on the gas, in order to   take enough momentum onto the following straights. Given his good   results on this circuit in the past, Bruno Spengler goes into the   weekend full of confidence. Dirk Werner scored his first point in the   DTM at the Norisring in 2012 and is also very motivated.” 

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“This is certainly an interesting and very different track to most of   the others on the DTM calendar. It is good to have a wide variety of   tracks and we have certainly always enjoyed racing on street circuits.   As such, I am hopeful we can do well at the Norisring, where we have a   very large and enthusiastic crowd. Last year our car showed good speed   in qualifying. Unfortunately Augusto Farfus was involved in a crash in   the very first corner and subsequently had to retire. I know both   Augusto and Joey Hand enjoy this sort of track.” 

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“We are really looking forward to the Norisring. We used the break to   clear our heads, work hard, and to finally put together all the pieces   at the end of the first half of the season. Martin Tomczyk finished   runner-up in difficult, wet conditions in 2012. Andy Priaulx also   finished in the top ten, coming home seventh. That shows how   comfortable our drivers feel at the Norisring. As such, everything   should hopefully fall into place at last.” 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):

“We learned the hard way recently at the Lausitzring. However, that   is to be expected as a new team in such a fiercely-competitive series   as the DTM. We have drawn the right conclusions from that weekend. The   Norisring is completely different to the other circuits on the DTM   calendar. For this reason, we will have to wait and see how we cope   there. Generally speaking, however, I have a good feeling ahead of the   weekend. The outing at the Norisring is particularly special for Marco   Wittmann, as it is his home event. And Timo Glock has proven on more   than one occasion over the course of his career that he is at home on   street circuits.” 

Bruno Spengler (car number 1, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“The Norisring is my very favourite track. I have won here three   times and almost always finished on the podium. The atmosphere is   simply sensational. Nürnberg is the DTM’s own Monaco – a street   circuit, which really puts us drivers through our paces, despite the   layout looking simple at first glance. You have to drive very close to   the walls, watch out for bumps, and brake late – only then do you have   any chance of winning. The fans in Nuremberg are mad about motorsport.   I like that a lot.” 

Dirk Werner (car number 2, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“After a four-week break, I am glad to get back to business. I am   looking forward to the race at the Norisring and especially its great   atmosphere. Driving on a street circuit in front of so many fans is a   very special feeling. I have fond memories of last year’s DTM race, in   which I came home tenth to score my first point in the series. The   Norisring is also not too far from Würzburg, so my family and friends   will be there to support me.” 

Augusto Farfus (car number 7, BMW Team RBM):

“The circuit in Nürnberg is very different, but very nice. Last year   we had a great qualifying. I was the best-placed BMW driver in third.   Then the rain came and reshuffled the cards. A collision shortly after   the start meant I had to retire after just a few laps. Despite this,   BMW was performed very well in Nuremberg in 2012. I hope we can repeat   that performance this year.” 

Joey Hand (car number 8, BMW Team RBM):

“I love street racing, as there is always plenty of action on a   street circuit. It is pure motor racing. As a driver, you have to   focus for the entire 83 laps of the Norisring. You cannot afford to   make even the slightest of mistakes, otherwise you are in a wall. That   is what makes street races so fascinating for fans and drivers alike.   The emphasis at the Norisring is definitely on the two hairpins. You   have to get the line right there to clock a fast lap.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 15, BMW Team RMG):

“The Norisring weekend is always one of the highlights of the year.   It is the only city circuit on the calendar and DTM races have a long   tradition there. At first glance the track looks easy, but it is not.   It may only have four corners, but they are quite difficult to get   right. Generally speaking, the circuit is very bumpy. I am really   looking forward to seeing a lot of BMW fans who will once again make   the race a fantastic experience for us drivers.” 

Andy Priaulx (car number 16, BMW Team RMG):

“I just love street circuits. Macau is my all-time favourite track,   but the Norisring is a great substitute. The more difficult a track is   the more I enjoy my racing.  It is also nice to go back to a track   where you had a good result, as I did in 2012 at the Norisring. I can   hardly wait to get back in the car.” 

Marco Wittmann (car number 21, BMW Team MTEK):

“The race at the Norisring is the ultimate highlight of the season   for me for two reasons. On the one hand, it is my home race. I was   born in the Franconia region and grew up down the road in Markt   Erlbach, so I will have a lot of friends and relatives at the circuit   supporting me. Furthermore, I won two races there during my time in   Formula 3. All that makes the Norisring my favourite DTM circuit.” 

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

“The Norisring is one of many tracks on the DTM calendar that I last   raced on ten years ago during my time in single-seaters. I remember it   as good fun. At 2.3 kilometres it is is a very short, bumpy and really   tricky track. It will be an interesting weekend. Hopefully the   Norisring will suit our car better than the Lausitzring did recently.” 

BMW Motorsport Media Schedule.    

          Friday, 12th July
15:00 ITR press conference with Marco         Wittmann DTM Show Stage
          Saturday, 13th July            
17:30-18:00 Round table interview with BMW Motorsport           Director Jens Marquardt BMW Motorsport Hospitality
18:45-19:15 Interviews with the BMW DTM drivers BMW Motorsport Hospitality
          Sunday, 14th July
9:00-9:30 Bavarian breakfast with “Tech Focus”:         Set-up BMW Motorsport Hospitality
17:15-18:00 Interviews with the BMW DTM drivers BMW Motorsport Hospitality


Statistics ahead of the race at the Norisring.    

          Circuit / date Norisring, 14th July 2013
          Laps / distance 83 laps, 2.3 km
          2012 pole time Gary Paffett (GB), 49.139 seconds
          2012 winner Jamie Green (GB)
          2012 fastest lap Jamie Green (GB), 54.451 seconds



          Driver           SPE           WER           FAR           HAN           TOM           PRI           WIT           GLO
Nationality CA DE BR US DE GB DE DE
Number 1 2 7 8 15 16 21 22
Team BMW Team         Schnitzer BMW Team         Schnitzer BMW Team   RBM BMW Team   RBM BMW           Team   RMG BMW Team         RMG BMW Team   MTEK BMW Team   MTEK
Races 87 14 14 14 126 14 4 4
Wins 14 2 7
Poles 15 2 8
Fastest   laps 14 1 7 1
Points 519 51 102 22 390 24 32 15
2013   points 59 22 33 16 0 0 32 15
Current   position 2nd 8th 5th 10th 6th 11th


DTM standings after 4 of 10 races.    

Drivers’ standings. 1. Mike Rockenfeller (59   points), 2. Bruno Spengler (59), 3. Gary Paffett (47), 4. Christian   Vietoris (40), 5. Augusto Farfus (33), 6. Marco Wittmann (32), 7.   Robert Wickens (27), 8. Dirk Werner (22), 9. Mattias Ekström (20), 10.   Joey Hand (16), 11. Timo Glock (15), 12. Jamie Green (10), 13. Timo   Scheider (10), 14. Daniel Juncadella (8), 15. Edoardo Mortara (2), 16.   Pascal Wehrlein (2), 17. Roberto Merhi (2).

Team standings. 1. BMW Team Schnitzer (81   points), 2. STIHL / AMG Mercedes (67), 3. Audi Sport Team Phoenix   (59), 4. EURONICS / THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG (49), 5. BMW Team RBM   (49), 6. BMW Team MTEK (47), 7. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (30),   8. Audi Sport Team Abt (10), 9. stern / AMG Mercedes (10), 10. Audi   Sport Team Rosberg (2).

Manufacturers’ standings. 1. BMW (177 points),   2. Mercedes-Benz (126), 3. Audi (101).  

2013 calendar:   5th May – Hockenheim (DE), 19th May – Brands Hatch (GB), 2nd   June – Spielberg (AT), 16th June – Lausitzring (DE), 14th July     – Norisring (DE), 4th August – Moscow (RU), 18th August –   Nürburgring (DE), 15th September – Oschersleben (DE), 29th September –   Zandvoort (NL), 20th October – Hockenheim (DE).