BMW DTM Qualifying: Hockenheim 1

Hockenheim: May 3, 2014 A successful start for BMW Motorsport in the 2014 DTM season. During the first qualifying of the season at Hockenheim BMW Motorsport managed three DTM BMW M4 made ​​it into the top four. Marco Wittmann drove in the third and decisive session of qualifying in his Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM at 1:32.419 minutes, the second fastest time. He was 0.147 seconds behind the pole position Audi driver Adrien Tambay. In the second row are two additional BMW M4 DTM. Bruno Spengler secured third in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Directly behind him is celebrated rookie António Félix da Costa in his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. Martin Tomczyk made ​​it into the final qualifying session and will start eight in the BMW M Performance Accessories M4 DTM.   Timo Glock was in extremely close second qualifying session and a bit of bad luck placed him in ninth with his GERMAN POST BMW M4 DTM. Augusto Farfus was twelfth in his Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM. The second DTM rookie in the BMW driver line-up, Maxime Martin, starts in SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM from position 14. With Joey Hand starting on Sunday seventeenth with the Crowne Plaza Hotels DTM BMW M4.   Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“That was an incredibly tight first qualifying with our brand new BMW M4 DTM. With the start, of course we are very satisfied. Three BMW M4 DTM in the top four, five in the top 10 – that’s a very good result for us, even spread for all teams. Marco Wittmann has shown a great performance, the same is true for Bruno Spengler. Especially worth mentioning is António Félix da Costa on the sensational fourth place in his first ever DTM qualifying. We look forward to an exciting race tomorrow, when hopefully the weather is good, because the track temperature has also played a role today.”   Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG , 2nd place):

“I ‘m super happy with the qualifying. Second place is a good start to the season. The launch was successful. Sure, I would like to have clinched pole position. But the starting position for the race is very good. Let’s see how I get through the first few corners tomorrow. A place I would like to make amends wherever possible. Let’s see what happens. A big thanks goes to my BMW Team RMG, which has this result deserves with his work. ”   Bruno Spengler ( number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer , 3rd place) :

“To be at the season opener right in the second row, of course, is great. My mechanics at BMW Team Schnitzer have worked hard between the free practice and qualifying and tinkered with my BMW Bank M4 DTM. I was very happy with the car. Now I’m looking forward to the race. The motto can only be: Maximum attack ”   António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team Mtek, 4th place) :

“I ‘m a little surprised that I drove so well in my first DTM qualifying in fourth place. Thank you to my team- they have done everything so that I could achieve this result. Whenever I put on the helmet, I give 100 percent. It’s in my nature as a racing driver. Important in qualifying in the DTM is that you stay cool. That’s what I did. I am very happy with the result . ”   Martin Tomczyk (car number 10 , BMW Team Schnitzer, 8th place) :

” It feels good to have made ​​it back to the last phase of qualifying . In eighth place, you can build without a doubt. Maybe we exited out early in Q3. But my car was definitely good – and the guys from BMW Team Schnitzer have done a really good job.”   Timo Glock (Car Number 17, BMW Team Mtek , 9th place) :

“I ‘m not that unhappy, even if it is of course a bit of a shame that we have missed because so few thousandths Q3. But I had it in my hands. The first two sectors were good, but then I made ​​a mistake in the last section at the outset of the new circuit. I have a bit of an exaggeration and there I lost time. That was a shame, and I have to apologize to the team because they have done a great job. But in general, we had the necessary pace. Now I hope that we will be as strong in the race. ”   Augusto Farfus ( number 3, BMW Team RBM , 12th place) :

” Twelfth place is of course not what I had hoped for. Unfortunately we have not found the right balance for the car. The potential to finish in the top eight in qualifying, was there. But the distances in the DTM are so close. You you can not permit the slightest error. We need to stay focused, then I am confident that tomorrow we will also show a good race. ”   Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG , 14th) :

“It’s a great feeling to be part of the DTM. With my first qualifying session I can be happy. In Q2 I made small mistakes that cost me a better time. But everything is still pretty new for me. I used the first season to learn. This is also true for the race tomorrow. I hope to start with a good result in the season. ”   Joey Hand (Car Number 4, BMW Team RMG , 17th) :

” This is the DTM : It’s incredibly close – and if everything goes perfectly you’re up there, then it feels great. When not perfect, like today with me, then that’s disappointing. In free practice, I had a bit of oversteer, which then became worse in qualifying. So I had no way to get on a good time. Of course, I have a lot more to give this weekend. But I accept the challenge and will fight tomorrow until the last lap. “

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