No rest for the wicked: BMW Motorsport out to shine again in Zandvoort







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: August 20, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW Racing

Munich, 19th August 2012. Following the triumph of Bruno Spengler  (CA) at the wheel of his BMW Bank M3 DTM at the Nürburgring (DE), the  next challenge for the BMW teams is just around the corner: BMW  Motorsport travels highly motivated to the seventh round of the season  in Zandvoort (NL), after a strong performance in the Eifel Mountains.

BMW Motorsport

When the DTM arrives in Zandvoort, it brings with it a real holiday  atmosphere – for the fans, at least. Nestled among the dunes, the  “Circuit Park Zandvoort” is just a stone’s throw from the North Sea  coast. The fine sand blown across the circuit and some strong winds  provide a stiff challenge for the teams.

The 4.307-kilometre circuit itself is extremely demanding. Crests,  bumps and fast, blind corners make it a real driver’s track. One of  the best overtaking opportunities on the undulating circuit in the  north of the Netherlands comes at the end of the start/finish straight  before the “Tarzan” corner. Zandvoort has welcomed the DTM circus once  a year since 2008. Last season, Spengler claimed pole position there.

After six races, Spengler is second in the DTM drivers’ standings  with 83 points. Martin Tomczyk (DE) also lies in a promising position,  being fourth with 69 points. Augusto Farfus (BR, 17 points), Andy  Priaulx (GB, 14), Joey Hand (US, 2) and Dirk Werner (DE,1) follow in  positions ten, 12, 17 and 18. In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW  took over second place from Audi with 186 points. The gap to Mercedes  is 51 points.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Our second win of the year at the Nürburgring proves we are on the  right way and well-prepared for the second half of the season. Bruno  Spengler and BMW Team Schnitzer’s victory was the icing on the cake at  an eventful weekend. Now we head straight to Zandvoort for the next  race. The BMW M3 DTM has not been out on the track there yet. Despite  this, I am confident we will find our feet quickly there. The success  in the Eifel Mountains saw us take a step forward in the overall  standings. We want to continue this trend on the North Sea coast.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“The last time I was at Zandvoort was at the Formula 3 Masters in  1995. This was my first and last time there. With Martin, of course we  are in a very strong position in the championship. For Joey we have  set up something special because we really want to have him where he  needs to be. That is also at the front and we are still optimistic.“

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“After our win at the Nürburgring, we are obviously heading to  Zandvoort with the wind in our sails. The Circuit Park is a special  racetrack and we always enjoy returning there. We know the circuit  from our time in the European Touring Car Championship in the 1970s.  We also raced there in the FIA WTCC not all that long ago. The races  there were always great and the crowds are very enthusiastic. Two DTM  races in a week are obviously hard work. However, our team has a very  good rhythm at the moment, so we are really looking forward to the weekend.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“Zandvoort is one of those typical tracks, which still has its very  own character. It has some very fast corners and some very specific  corners. The location is one of the best possible for a track as it is  so close to the beach and the fans are everywhere – they can visit  both the beach and the track. The Dutch love and understand their  motorsport, so we have a very special atmosphere.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 1, BMW Team RMG):

“Zandvoort is a really great racetrack. The location right on the  coast is nice. The scenery there is obviously very attractive.  However, that also means sand is blown onto the track. There is always  a breeze in Zandvoort. The circuit is not an easy one for us drivers.  It has a lot of blind corners, in which you just have to have faith in  yourself and take at high speed. I have had some good results in  Zandvoort, so I am really looking forward to this race again this year.”

Joey Hand (car number 2, BMW Team RMG):

“It is another new track, but that has become the norm for me in the  DTM: I never really know what awaits me at the next race. I got on a  simulator in Sacramento and drove it a few days before I left home to  get some practice in. It has a lot of fast corners and is similar to  Road Atlanta – a circuit I know from the American Le Mans Series.  Hopefully I will find my feet quickly in Zandvoort.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 7, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“I really like the circuit in Zandvoort. I find it interesting, but  also a bit old-fashioned compared to the modern racetracks. Zandvoort  requires a flowing driving style, but the many quick corners are not  easy. Then you also have the wind and the sand blowing over the  circuit. As such, the track conditions can change quite quickly. That  makes it particularly difficult to find the perfect set-up. The fans  will see an exciting and varied race. It’s great that we move straight  to the next race after our victory on Sunday.”

Dirk Werner (car number 8, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“I know the circuit in Zandvoort. However, it is now almost six years  since I last drove there. The circuit has character and was not  designed on the drawing board, but embedded straight into the  surrounding landscape. From a driver’s point of view, the circuit  poses a tough challenge, solely due to the many quick corners.  Hopefully Zandvoort will see me continue the upwards trend I have  shown on the last two race weekends.”

Andy Priaulx (car number 15, BMW Team RBM):

“This is one of the circuits I am looking forward to the most. We  have raced there in WTCC and also tested there a lot, so I know it  well. I also know from past experience the racing is exciting. It will  be a lot of fun in a DTM car and I am especially looking forward to  turn five, as this is very fast and needs a lot of commitment. Also  the track is sensitive to tyre strategy, so this will keep the team on  its toes.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 16, BMW Team RBM):

“I have been on the podium in Zandvoort in the WTCC. I really like  the location right by the sea. I am sure the track must be a lot of  fun in a DTM car. Tarzan, the first corner, is really cool. It is a  very hard track on the tyres, so tyre management will be crucial.”

Facts and Figures – Zandvoort.

Circuit / Date “Circuit Park   Zandvoort” / 26 August 2012
Length / Distance 4.307 km (44 laps)
2011 Pole Position Bruno Spengler   (CA), 1:31.805mins
2011 Winner Mike   Rockenfeller (DE)
2011 Fastest Lap Mike   Rockenfeller (DE), 1:33.410mins
Driver Tomczyk Hand Spengler Werner Priaulx Farfus
Country DE US CA DE GB BR
Number 1 2 7 8 15 16
Team BMW Team        RMG BMW Team RMG BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team RBM BMW          Team RBM
Races 118 6 79 6 6 6
Wins 7 - 11 - - -
Poles 8 - 13 - - -
Fastest Laps 7 - 13 - - -
Points 390 2 394 1 14 17
2012 Points 69 2 83 1 14 17
Current Position 4th 17th 2nd 18th 12th 10th

DTM standings after 6 of 10 races.

Drivers’ standings.

1. Gary Paffett (103 points), 2. Bruno Spengler (83), 3. Jamie Green  (81), 4. Martin Tomczyk (69), 5. Edoardo Mortara (49), 6. Mike  Rockenfeller (49), 7. Mattias Ekström (47), 8. Christian Vietoris  (24), 9. Timo Scheider (18), 10. Augusto Farfus (17), 12. Andy Priaulx  (14), 17. Joey Hand (2), 18. Dirk Werner (1).

Team standings.

1. THOMAS SABO / Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG (127 points), 2. Mercedes AMG  (88), 3. BMW Team Schnitzer (84), 4. BMW Team RMG (71), 5. Audi Sport  Team Abt Sportsline (65), 6. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (61), 7. Audi  Sport Team Phoenix (57), 8. BMW Team RBM (31), 9. DHL Paket / stern  Mercedes AMG (22).

Manufacturer standings. 1. Mercedes-Benz (237  points), 2. BMW (186), Audi (183).

2012 Calendar: 29th April – Hockenheim (DE), 6th May – Lausitzring (DE), 20th  May – Brands Hatch (GB), 3rd June – Spielberg (AT), 1st July –  Norisring (DE), 15th July – Munich (DE), 19th August – Nürburgring  (DE), 26th August – Zandvoort (NL), 16th September –  Oschersleben (DE), 30th September – Valencia (ES), 21st October –  Hockenheim (DE).