events07 Aug 2018

After a short summer break, BMW M Motorsport and the BMW DTM teams have returned for the second half of the 2018 DTM season. The DTM is back at Brands Hatch for the sixth of its ten race weekends. The iconic circuit in Kent hosted the touring car series between 2006 and 2013 back when the shorter Indy variant was used, however, this year’s races will be held on the 2.428-mile Grand Prix circuit.

Most of the drivers are unfamiliar with this layout, with the exception of BMW drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA), who won on the longer circuit in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC), and BMW DTM rookie Philipp Eng (AUT), who knows the track from his time in GT racing. BMW raced in the DTM at Brands Hatch in 2012 and 2013, with Bruno Spengler (CAN) finishing on the podium on both occasions.

The schedule for Brands Hatch is more compact than at other DTM race weekends. The cars first take to the track on Saturday morning in two free practice sessions, followed by qualifying and then the first of the two races starts at 13:30. Sunday, as usual, features the third free practice, second qualifying and, at 13:30 local time, race two.

Timo Glock (GER), of BMW Team RMG, is currently the best-placed BMW driver in the overall standings, lying third with 101 points. His team-mate Marco Wittmann (GER) is fourth with 98 points to his name.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“We are really looking forward to the DTM returning to Brands Hatch. We used the short track there in 2012 and 2013 and Bruno Spengler finished on the podium in second place both times. Naturally, it would be great if we could finish one step higher on the podium this time but the long Grand Prix Circuit is new terrain for many. We need to wait and see who can adapt to the conditions the quickest and get the best set-up for the start to the weekend. Brands Hatch is a place with a long history of motorsport. It is great to be able to offer the amazing English fans DTM action once again.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG):

“We are very excited about returning to Brands Hatch. The Grand Prix Circuit has a very interesting layout and the cards are reshuffled at what is an unfamiliar track for many. Prior to the summer break we scored good points with all three drivers in Zandvoort. Without the incidents we had, it could have been an even better weekend for us. We are now looking to back this up in the second half of the season. The goal is to score as many points as possible in every race and try to continue the run of victories and podiums that we started the season with.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – 3rd place in the overall standings, points: 101):

“I have only ever driven on the short circuit at Brands Hatch. I am really excited about the longer layout – and the very compact and tight schedule. I am looking forward to driving in England again and hope that we get a lot of English fans at the circuit. We will work hard to ensure that we have another good weekend there.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG – 4th place in the overall standings, points: 98):

“In my rookie year in 2013, Brands Hatch was the second DTM race I ever drove in. Sure, we were on the shorter layout back then, but I finished fourth and so have fond memories of the circuit. I am pleased that the DTM is returning to England and am looking forward to the longer circuit, which I have not yet driven. I hope we will be among the front-runners again there and, in particular, that we can put some pressure on Mercedes.”

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