BMW start at Norisring


BMW driver Spengler starts from the front row at the Norisring – Best qualifying result of the year for Priaulx.


Nürnberg (DE), 13th July 2013. Bruno Spengler (CA) once again proved just how at home he feels on his favourite circuit with another impressive display in qualifying for the fifth DTM race of the season at the Norisring (DE): the BMW Team Schnitzer driver made it through to Q4 at the wheel of the BMW Bank M3 DTM, finishing second-fastest   with a time of 48.443 seconds. Only one driver was quicker over the   2.3-kilometre street circuit: Mercedes driver Robert Wickens (CA) claimed pole position, just 0.059 seconds ahead of his fellow Canadian.

In the heat of summer, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius, Andy Priaulx (GB) was the second best-placed BMW driver, qualifying sixth in the Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM. This was the best   qualifying result this season for the three-time World Touring Car Champion, who now drives for BMW Team RMG.

Local favourite Marco Wittmann (DE) narrowly missed out on the top ten in the Ice-Watch BMW M3 DTM. The BMW Team MTEK driver will start his home race in the heart of Nürnberg (DE) from 12th on the grid. His   team-mate Timo Glock (DE) qualified 16th in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M3 DTM, just behind Augusto Farfus (BR, Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM) who   starts from 15th.

Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M3 DTM) in 17th, Joey Hand (US, BMW M3 DTM) in 18th and Dirk Werner (DE, SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM) in 20th failed to make it beyond the first qualifying session.

The race gets underway at 13:30 on Sunday, with 83 laps around the Dutzendteich awaiting the eight BMW DTM drivers. TV station ARD will broadcast the race live from 13:15.

BMW Norisring Racing

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“That was once again an exciting and incredibly close qualifying, as   you would expect at the Norisring. At times, eight cars were within   one tenth of a second of each other. Bruno Spengler and Andy Priaulx   produced very good performances. Sixth place on the grid equals Andy’s   best qualifying result in the DTM, and he also clocked the second   fastest lap of the whole weekend so far. Bruno is very well placed   ahead of tomorrow’s race. However, we are not happy with the overall   result: too many of our cars went out too early in proceedings. We   will look into the reasons for this. Despite this, we are looking   forward to an exciting race tomorrow. The atmosphere at the Norisring   is unique, and we want to produce a good result for the many BMW fans   and employees at the circuit. Congratulations to Robert Wickens and   Mercedes-Benz on their pole position.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 1, BMW Team Schnitzer, 2nd):

“Congratulations to Robert Wickens on his first pole position. I know   exactly how he is feeling now. Two Canadians on the front row – that   is something you don’t see every day. Second is a good result for us.   I must pay a huge compliment to my team, which has managed to improve   my car considerably since the last race. That hard work formed the   basis for the good qualifying result here at the Norisring. This is my   favourite race, the atmosphere is simply sensational. I have high   hopes for tomorrow.”

Andy Priaulx (car number 16, BMW Team RMG, 6th):

“This is a really positive start to my weekend. I feel very   comfortable in the car and understand where the time has come from. We   have changed a lot since the last race. BMW Motorsport and BMW Team   RMG have thought about my situation very hard and made the car much   more suited to me. This has really given me a lot of confidence for   the rest of the season. I have to thank everyone for pushing so hard   since the Lausitzring.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 21, BMW Team MTEK, 12th):

“I am not entirely happy with 12th on the grid. I had hoped for a   better starting position at my home race. However, we will now try to   get a good result from the sixth row. I think a lot is still possible   in the race tomorrow. I am obviously very motivated and will go on the attack.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 7, BMW Team RBM, 15th):

“We could not get the right set-up and balance of the car, and it was   really hard to drive. It was difficult to put a lap together, and here   you need a perfect lap as the gaps between the cars are so small. It   was a pity, as I was expecting a good weekend. However, we still have   83 laps tomorrow, so hopefully we can turn this around.” 

Timo Glock (car number 22, BMW Team MTEK, 16th):

“That was not a good qualifying for us. Over the course of the   session, we somehow went in the wrong direction and got slower, rather   than quicker. I actually had a really good feeling on my first run.   After that, however, I was unable to improve, which is a real shame.”

BMW Norisring

Martin Tomczyk (car number 15, BMW Team RMG, 17th):

“To be honest, I don’t know what went wrong. I have started from   towards the back of the grid quite often this year and do not want to   make a habit of it. The whole season has just been very weird for me.   Maybe we can still fight our way through the field.”

Joey Hand (car number 8, BMW Team RMG, 18th):

“I like the Norisring, as I basically love street races. However, I   have not had a lot of fun here so far. I just wasn’t good today. We   have struggled to find our way and just ran out of time in the search   for the right set-up. However, I never give up – and neither do the   boys in BMW Team RBM. I hope to put on a good show tomorrow.”

Dirk Werner (car number 2, BMW Team Schnitzer, 20th):

“The first run was absolutely fine, and I was getting quicker and   quicker towards the end. Then I did not improve as much as we had   hoped on the second set of tyres. When it is as close as it is here at   the Norisring, every single thousandths of a second counts.”

Facts and figures Norisring:        

          Circuit / date Norisring, 14th July 2013
          Laps / distance 83 laps, 2.3 km
          2013 pole position Robert Wickens (CA), 48.384 seconds
          2012 winner Jamie Green (GB)
          2012 fastest lap Jamie Green (GB), 54.451 seconds


          Driver           SPE           WER           FAR           HAN           TOM           PRI           WIT           GLO
Car 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
Free Practice 1st 20th 12th 11th 10th 9th 15th 17th
Qualifying 2nd 20th 15th 18th 17th 6th 12th 16th
2013 points 59 22 33 16 0 0 32 15
Current position 2nd 8th 5th 10th 6th 11th


Standings after 4 out 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).

About the DTM. The German Touring Car Masters –   DTM for short – is the most popular touring car series in the world.   Last season, over 650,000 spectators flocked to renowned racetracks in   Germany and around Europe to watch the ten races live. The series pits   the three premium automobile manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz   against each other in a sporting contest. BMW fielded its first works   teams from 1984 to 1992, during which time it claimed 49 race   victories and won the Drivers’ Championship on three occasions (1984,   1987 and 1989). In 2012, the manufacturer returned to the DTM with the   BMW M3 DTM, three teams and six drivers. BMW promptly won five races   and topped the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the end of   the season.

The 2013 DTM calendar once again consists of ten races. The schedule   includes four trips abroad, to Brands Hatch (GB), Spielberg (AT),   Moscow (RU) and Zandvoort (NL). The season traditionally ends in   Hockenheim (DE) on 20th October. This season sees BMW line up with an   even stronger contingent of four teams and eight drivers. The car   charged with defending the team’s hat-trick of titles is once again   the BMW M3 DTM. TV station ARD is broadcasting each qualifying (from   14:30) and every race (from 13:15) live.