3.5.2015 Hockenheim (DE). Martin Tomczyk (DE) came home fourth in the second race of the 2015 DTM season in Hockenheim (DE), making him the best-placed BMW driver.
The 2011 DTM champion produced a flawless display in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM, first in dry conditions and then in the rain, and narrowly missed out on the podium.
The rain started to fall a third of the way into the 60-minute race and resulted in plenty of action on the wet track. Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann (DE) finished fifth in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. BMW Team MTEK team-mates Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE) also picked up valuable points in ninth and tenth. Victory in Sunday’s race went to Audi’s Mattias Ekström (SE).
Reactions to the second race of the 2015 DTM season.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was an exciting race today, in really difficult conditions. The fans were treated to spectacular manoeuvres every minute throughout the entire race. We made good use of our options today. Martin Tomczyk, in particular, drove a flawless race and fully deserved to be the top BMW driver in fourth place.”
Martin Tomczyk (BMW Team Schnitzer, 4th): “That was one of my most exhausting races. I had a few problems with the tyre pressure in the rain. That is why I was unable to hang on to a podium position and had to let Gary Paffett through. We had a good, fair fight. Congratulations to him and the winner Mattias Ekström. They were simply faster than me today. Despite that, I am very happy with fourth place.”
Facts and figures.
Hockenheimring, 4.574 kilometres, 60 minutes plus one lap
Rain, 20 degrees Celsius
BMW Motorsport results:
#77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – 4th
#1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 5th
#7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 9th
#16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – 10th
#36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 14th
#31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – 17th
#13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – 20th
#18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 21st
Martin Tomczyk was the best-placed BMW driver in the field for the first time since the 2012 race at the Norisring.
Bruno Spengler scored his first points for BMW Team MTEK.
Maxime Martin was given a drive-through penalty for “unsafe release” during the pit stop.
Four BMW M4 DTMs finished in the points in both races in Hockenheim.