After four weeks of holidays, BMW – DTM Series leaders in all standings – travel to the Moscow Raceway, the track that will host the sixth meeting of the 2016 season.
“The summer break has done the team good and helped us recharge our batteries ahead of the second half of the season”, explains BMW Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt. “Our goal for the remaining eight races is to defend our promising positions in the Drivers’, Team and Manufacturers’ competitions. That will undoubtedly be a big challenge. So far, our drivers and teams have done a virtually flawless job.”
Marco Wittmann leads the drivers’ standings, after being clearly the most consistent driver of the season so far, not getting points only in the first race of the year, at the Hockenheim. The Fürth-born ace remembers that “I had a very good Saturday race at the ‘Moscow Raceway’ last year. Unfortunately, I was denied victory by a tyre issue, but my pace was very good. Because of this, I go into this year’s two races with plenty of confidence.”
Another BMW driver who has excelled consistency-wise, even without a race win is recent 24 Hours of Spa winner Maxime Martin. The Belgian has proved that his tactics of never giving up until the chequered flag and avoiding traffic problems can make him a tough rival for the second half of the season, even if he’s 42 points adrift of Wittmann. “I claimed my first DTM win in Moscow in 2014, and results were mixed in 2015. Our package is good enough in Russia, so we can’t be discarded at all,” Martin believes.
Race 1 will start at 11.30am on Saturday 20th August and Race 2 will do so at 11.10am on Sunday 21st August.