After taking two victories and securing an all BMW top seven in race one at Zandvoort, BMW is looking to build on their strong form as the series heads to Austria to start the second half of 2015.
Over the last two years the marquee has made history on the 4.326-kilometre track in Styria, taking a 1-2-3 in their comeback year in 2013 and they also celebrated BMW’s first top-four shut-out in 22 years last season.
This weekend classic meets modern, with the DTM previously being held at the A1 Ring between 2001 and 2003, returning to the track, now the Red Bull Ring, in 2011. Last season saw 47,500 Austrian fans follow the action at the track over the course of the weekend, with the same expected this weekend.
“After the successful weekend in Zandvoort, we obviously head to the next DTM races in Spielberg with the wind in our sails,” commented Jens Marquardt, BMW’s Motorsport Director. “Despite the recent excellent results, we remain realistic: Things could swing the other way in Austria, as our opponents are strong.
“Nevertheless, we are optimistic going into the two races at the Red Bull Ring. We have regularly celebrated great successes there in the past. We have invested a lot of effort in improving the performance of our overall package since the start of the season. I hope that we can continue the positive trend we have seen in recent races.”
Timo Glock, who last weekend raced at the Spa 24 Hours, is aiming to gain two more podium places in Austria, with the German finishing on the podium the last two years. “The previous races in Spielberg have always gone well for me. I’ve made it onto the podium there twice already. The track suits our BMW M4 DTM.
“Naturally it will be difficult to repeat such success, particularly because we will have to take on extra weight now, while the others will be allowed to offload some. This means that the cards have been reshuffled. Nevertheless I am already really looking forward to the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. The atmosphere there is simply fantastic.”