Is Bruno Spengler a title contender in the current DTM season?
He says that he can’t answer this question. He has been racing in DTM since 2005 and after six years as Mercedes-Benz driver he left the Stuttgarters to join BMW for the 2012 season.
Ekström claims back points’ lead
There is no doubt that he can rightfully refer to himself as ‘Moscow expert’. Two years after his victory in the first-ever DTM race at Moscow Raceway, Mike Rockenfeller had reason to celebrate in Russia once again. In a turbulent race, the Audi driver steered clear of every incident on the track, made maximum use of his pole position and scored a dominant lights-to-flag victory.
The first impressions of the DTM race weekend at Moscow did not quite speak in favour of Mercedes-Benz.
Audi and BMW dominated proceedings in the two free practice sessions and appeared to be better sorted at Moscow Raceway. But when things gor serious, the brand from Stuttgart was there and secured its first win at the track, opened in 2012, courtesy of Pascal Wehrlein.
In second free practice on Saturday morning, the 24 DTM drivers had to deal with highly changeable conditions.
When Martin Tomczyk started the action in the second session at Moscow Raceway at 10.40 hrs (9.40 hrs CET), the sun looked all set to come out on top in the battle against the early morning rain clouds. The wet track dried out fairly quickly and 25 minutes into the session, the first teams decided to switch to rain tyres.
This weekend, nearly 40 percent of the DTM grid will compete in the tradition-rich Belgian endurance race.
The 67th edition of the 24-hour classic at the Ardennes Rollercoaster will be held from 25th to 26th July. In this race, the BMW Z4 GT3 entered by Roal Motorsport will attract particular attention.
Bruno Spengler will be lining up alongside the pole sitter in second place
Only three hours after his maiden pole position in the DTM, the first victory followed: in a dominant way, BMW driver António Félix da Costa drove from pole position to his first major success in the most popular international touring car series, an undisputed victory.
Vietoris, in turn, ranked 0.009 seconds ahead of his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens
A surprise in DTM qualifying for the race on Sunday at the Norisring: with his BMW M4 DTM, Bruno Spengler outpaced Saturday’s pole sitter, Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) by the tiny margin of 0.004 seconds and thus claimed the first pole position for BMW in the current season.
The fastest 23 drivers of the overall rankings after the total of four rounds qualified for the final multiplayer race
In the 2015 DTM Spring Cup, held over the course of the past four weeks, the DTM enthusiasts battled it out for the fastest lap times with the real DTM aces Bruno Spengler (BMW), Marco Wittmann (BMW), Martin Tomczyk (BMW), Timo Glock (BMW), Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes) and Gary Paffett (Mercedes).
For the time being, the stats still clearly speak for Schneider
He is ‘Mister DTM’ and even seven years after having retired from DTM racing for good, he still holds a clear lead in most of the DTM statistics: Bernd Schneider – five-time DTM Champion, the driver with the biggest number of wins, pole positions and fastest race laps on his tally.
The BMW Motorsport driver line-up for the coming DTM season is complete
Tom Blomqvist will race in the popular touring car series at the wheel of the eighth BMW M4 DTM in 2015. Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann, Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock and António Félix da Costa had previously been confirmed as drivers at the traditional BMW Motorsport Season Review on 5th December.
Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus came second in their class, together with Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.
The Audi and BMW DTM drivers have completed the Daytona 24-hour race with decent results. Mike Rockenfeller, who, as usual, got permission from his employer Audi to race a potentially winning prototype, only just missed out on a podium finish and was classified fourth overall, together with his team-mates Guy Cosmo, Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante.
Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler are racing a BMW Z4 GTE, together with Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen.
It is the first major motorsport event of any new year: the Daytona 24 Hours. This year, again, a range of DTM drivers is present and is more than happy to use this warm-up as a part of the preparation for the upcoming DTM season.
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Following his first DTM win, secured in the 2014 season opener at Hockenheim, BMW driver Marco Wittmann will be – for the first time in his DTM career – the hunted, in the second of the season’s 10 rounds, held this weekend (16th to 18th May) at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.
Picture-perfect weather for the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg