BMW DTM Teams looking forward to the start of the 2020 season at Spa-Francorchamps. (News)

Munich. Anticipation is rising among the many BMW DTM groups as this
weekend (1st/2nd August), after months of
ready, they may lastly get the 2020 DTM season underway. The
venue for the season-opener is the long-lasting Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) in
the Ardennes.  BMW Crew RMG and BMW Crew RBM will subject six BMW M4
DTMs between them. On the wheel shall be Marco Wittmann (GER), Timo
Glock (GER), Philipp Eng (AUT), Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), and the
newcomers within the BMW DTM squad, Lucas Auer (AUT) and Jonathan
Aberdein (RSA).


Spa-Francorchamps hosts the opening spherical of a compact calendar, with
a complete of 9 occasions unfold over simply three months. The opposite venues
are the Lausitzring (GER / double-header), Assen (NED), the
Nürburgring (GER / double-header), Zolder (BEL / double-header) and
Hockenheim (GER).


Whereas the BMW DTM works drivers are conversant in the Ardennes
rollercoaster that’s Spa-Francorchamps from racing in different sequence,
it’s new territory for the BMW M4 DTM. The Belgian circuit final
hosted a DTM race in 2005. A further problem is the schedule for
the opening weekend. The 2-day occasion kicks off on Saturday morning
with free observe, earlier than the primary qualifying of the yr will get
underway at 10:55 native time. Race one begins at 13:33 on Saturday.
Sunday options the second qualifying session at 10:45 and race two at
13:33. BMW M Motorsport was in a position to acquire preliminary knowledge for its set-up
work with the BMW M4 DTM throughout a one-day take a look at initially of July.


Spa-Francorchamps is carefully related to the historical past of BMW in
motorsport. With 24 victories to its title, BMW is the report winner of
the well-known 24-hour race on the Belgian circuit. The opening occasion is
additionally extra than simply the primary dwelling race of the season for BMW Crew
RBM, which relies in Mechelen (BEL). Because the 1970s, the circuit
has been the scene of nice success for group principal Bart Mampaey
and his household within the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, in addition to within the
FIA European Touring Automotive Championship and the FIA World Touring Automotive Championship.


Quotes forward of the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps.


Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director): “We
have waited a very long time, however we will now lastly get the 2020 DTM
began at Spa-Francorchamps. We want to thank Gerhard Berger
and the ITR for his or her tireless efforts in these tough instances. The
occasions shall be totally different to what we’re used to, however the well being and
security of all concerned continues to take high precedence for us all. The
iconic circuit at Spa-Francorchamps is a worthy setting for the
opening spherical of the 2020 season. It has performed a serious position within the
historical past of BMW Motorsport, and we’ve loved nice success there in
the previous. It’s unbelievable that we are going to now get to see the BMW M4 DTM
in world-famous corners like Eau Rouge and Blanchimont. We now have
ready in addition to attainable for the brand new season, given the choices
which were accessible to us in current months. We now have made additional
enhancements to the BMW M4 DTM, as a way to convert its potential into
good race outcomes. With 4 confirmed drivers and two sturdy newcomers,
we’re additionally excellently positioned by way of our driver line-up.”


Bart Mampaey (Crew Principal BMW Crew RBM): “The
season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps may be very particular, for a number of
causes. On one hand, as a result of we will lastly go racing once more after the
lengthy break. However, as a result of my household, I and the group have
had a really shut affiliation with this iconic circuit for many years. It
is unbelievable to have the ability to add a DTM chapter to our Spa-Francorchamps
story. We gained our first impressions on the take a look at initially of
July, and it was spectacular to see the BMW M4 DTM hurtling via
Eau Rouge at full pace. I feel we are going to witness some unbelievable racing
with the highly effective DTM vehicles and their mighty downforce on this quick and
flowing ‘rollercoaster’ of a observe. Beginning with a two-day occasion will
be a problem, however we’ve carried out all the pieces we will to make sure we’re as
nicely ready as attainable going into the primary races and the compact season.”


Stefan Reinhold (Crew Principal BMW Crew RMG): “The
entire group can not await the beginning of the season. We’re racers and
are wanting ahead to battling for fulfillment on the racetrack once more.
2020 is clearly going to be robust, particularly with the races coming
so thick and quick, however we’ve ready for it and are wanting ahead
to the problem. It’s nice that the DTM is returning to
Spa-Francorchamps after 15 years. It’s a unbelievable circuit with a
distinctive character. We’re enthusiastic about getting out on the observe with
the BMW M4 DTM. On the race weekend itself, the one free observe on
the Saturday morning doesn’t give us a lot time to do our last
preparations for qualifying and the race. Nonetheless, we’re prepared for
that. For the previous few months, we’ve been working in the direction of that
second when the beginning lights exit for the primary time this yr. We
can hardly wait to get began on Saturday.”


Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Crew
“I’m clearly very excited to lastly go racing once more
after the lengthy wait attributable to the coronavirus. I feel it’s
undoubtedly going to be a terrific begin to the season. Spa-Francorchamps
is a singular and really particular racetrack. Moreover, it’s the first
time that any of us may have pushed there with the DTM. I’m wanting
ahead to it, though I’m clearly a bit unhappy that we are going to not have
any followers there to help us. I hope that a lot of them shall be
watching on tv and may have their fingers crossed for us. I
will attempt to placed on a extremely good present for the viewers and am hoping
for a profitable begin to the season at Spa.”


Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Crew RMG):
“After the break for coronavirus, I’m delighted that we will lastly
get again to doing what all of us take pleasure in – racing. It’s clearly a disgrace
that it have to be behind closed doorways, however I’m nonetheless significantly
wanting ahead to Spa. Driving a DTM automobile at Spa goes to be a
spotlight and I’m very intrigued to see how the primary race weekend
performs out. The aim is comparatively easy: to do in addition to attainable in
each races. I hope we will problem for the rostrum.”


Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Financial institution M4 DTM, BMW Crew RMG / group
championship BMW Crew RMR):
“There’s nice anticipation
about getting the season underway – significantly at Spa-Francorchamps.
It will be one of many highlights of the yr. The Spa observe is
very particular, with its adjustments in elevation and high-speed corners. A
quick lap there’s unbelievable, significantly on recent tyres, and I’m
actually wanting ahead to it. So far as my aim for the primary races is
involved, I feel crucial factor for me at first shall be to
discover my rhythm within the DTM once more and to work nicely with the group. We noticed
and realized loads in the course of the official take a look at on the Nürburgring, and we
will now put that into observe at Spa.”


Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Crew RBM): “I’m
actually glad that we will go racing once more. I’m additionally very a lot wanting
ahead to seeing my group once more and to getting again behind the wheel
of the BMW M4 DTM. And all this may occur at Spa – which is a
unbelievable spotlight. I’ve very fond recollections of Spa with my two
victories within the 24-hour race with the BMW M6 GT3. And naturally I
hope that I can keep my victory and success fee.”


Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Crew RBM / group
championship BMW Crew RMR):
“I’m very a lot wanting ahead
to going again racing because it has been so many months now since our final
DTM race so I feel it’s fairly overdue. I’m additionally excited to see the
improvement that we’ve achieved with the BMW M4 DTM. The fellows have
been working actually, actually arduous over the winter and the pre-season
exams and I feel that it will likely be an excellent season in that we are going to
be very aggressive. So all of us have excessive expectations and excessive hopes
going into the season and are excited to see the place we’re.”


Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Crew
“I’m actually wanting ahead to my first DTM races in
9 or ten months because the final time was Hockenheim final yr. It has
been a very long time however I feel it’s like biking; you’ll be again in
your rhythm quickly. Spa-Francorchamps is a tremendous observe. It’s one in all
my private top-three circuits I’ve pushed on so I’m actually wanting
ahead to that. I feel that we are going to have lots of overtaking
alternatives at Spa with the lengthy straights and the DRS activations
so that may definitively convey some shut racing. I feel it’s nonetheless
vital to qualify nicely as a result of you really want to run with the fellows
upfront if you wish to have a superb consequence on the finish. I feel we’ve
a extremely sturdy automobile, we’ve made lots of progress over the winter
and we had an excellent take a look at with Augusto Farfus at Spa earlier this
month so we’re optimistic for a superb consequence.”



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