The “Green Hell” is the spiritual home of BMW M GmBH, as the DTM swarms the Eifel region to bring the noise, speed and furious competition over 49 laps this weekend over the 3.629km short version of the Grand Prix track.
The 40th anniversary last year for the outfit was a historic one, as Bruno Spengler dominated in his BMW BANK M3 DTM, securing pole position and the race victory, but another of “Munich’s Men” battled his way onto the podium from P5 last year.
That man was 2011 DTM Champion, Team RMG’s Martin Tomczyk, who has been very unfortunate when it comes to points scoring, and has been in the wilderness for a long time now, not having scored since August last year. But the father-of-one briefly talked about his highlights from past years: “The best moments for me here are the wins that I have had during my DTM career, and I’ll try my best and get on the podium once again.”
Martin took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us here at thecheckeredflag.co.uk, as he gave us a glimpse into a hot lap around the Nürburgring, so let’s hand over to the man himself to give us a lap of from his perspective:
“Coming down the main straight, which is the longest one of the track and perfect for DRS to be used to overtake cars you head into the first corner. It’s a right-hand hairpin, braking from around 240 km/h in 6th gear to 2nd, as you enter the new part of the circuit itself.
“Then there is a long left-hander, which leads into a tight left-right chicane. With this in mind, the car has to set up for good traction. We then have to take the shortcut, as we are not racing on the full GP circuit, which goes into a dip, leading into a 180-degree turn.
“After exiting the dip, the next couple of the corners, a long sweeping left and right one after the other are taken in 3rd and 4th gear, before hitting the back straight. As you enter the braking zone, the small chicane at the end of the straight is either taken in 1st or 2nd gear, depending on how the gearbox ratios are set up for the weekend.
“Then it’s the final corner, where it has to be taken as tightly as possible, before exiting out with as much speed as possible, as you accelerate across the start-finish line.”
The track itself has some challenging technical sections, which pushes the car and driver to the limits of the track, which can be a help or hindrance, depending on the amount of kerb that anyone takes, or whether lap times again get deleted during qualifying, when all 22 drivers set out to get pole position this afternoon…
We’d like to thank Martin for taking the time to talk to us, and wish him all the best of luck for this weekend, as the points drought may hopefully be over for him come Sunday.