With Fridays being a way for the drivers of the DTM to relax before practice begins tomorrow at 9.10am, as well as being available for media engagements during the weekend, BMW Motorsport’s contingent of drivers took a trip with a difference this afternoon, as Bruno Spengler, Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus, Martin Tomczyk, Joey Hand, Dirk Werner, Marco Wittman and Martin Tomczyk took on the sights of the Kent countryside on an open-top double decker bus.
This was clearly a welcome way for the drivers to see what the United Kingdom has to offer with stunning scenery and panoramic views, as well as taking the time to speak to the journalists and media in attendance. Priaulx found the “warm-up experience” to be an unusual affair, but went on to say just how it has got his spirits on the right track, ahead of competing on home soil: “I discovered a lot of towns and villages near the circuit, which I have never been able to visit in all these years. This trip was a fantastic way to get into the mood for the weekend. I have obviously set my sights high for the race at my home track.”
Farfus found the journey itself to be fantastic, as well as it putting the media into a new environment to be able to chat and talk with the drivers: “Everyone was very relaxed and we had some nice chats. It is fun to check out the scenery around the circuit on a race weekend.”
Seeing the drivers in this scenario, following on from the rollercoaster antics at Hockenheim, was a clearly leisurely affair, with stories being shared and tales being told. It was a welcome change from the normal routine, as all 8 drivers will now get their game faces on, and look ahead to the challenge that Brands Hatch will provide, come rain or come shine….