BMW DTM Teams Finish Tests for Upcoming Season

BMW M4 DTM 7 photos
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Just three weeks before the 2014 DTM Championship will kick-off on the Hockenheimring, BMW’s four teams finished their tests and are ready to hit the tracks running.
From Monday until yesterday, most of the DTM teams that will be racing in the German competition this year were on track, making the final arrangements and fine tunes to their cars.

Augusto Farfus, Joey Hand, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock, António Félix da Costa, Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin worked their way through a comprehensive programme, with dry conditions on all four days allowing them to complete a total of approximately 10,000 kilometres with the new BMW M4 DTM.

Over the four days of practice, the fastest car on the track was, of course, a BMW. Marco Wittmann managed to post a 1:32.132 minute lap on Tuesday, while Joey Hand managed a really close time too, posting a 1:32.658 time on Wednesday for the same team.

Before the season opener on May 4th, the teams will make a pit stop at BMW’s Welt museum in Munich on April 25, to present their kits and complete program for 2014.

“Our latest test in Hockenheim was once again very revealing. The performance of our four BMW M4 DTMs was good. However, it was also important to be able to work through the programme we had planned, point by point. We are happy with what we have achieved so far with our new car,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.

“However, it is still difficult to make any predictions for the first race weekend in Hockenheim. Whatever happens, our preparations have passed without any major difficulties, so we can now really look forward to the BMW Motorsport Launch on 25th April in Munich, as well as the start of the DTM season in May. I think the fans are in for an exciting opening showdown at the Hockenheimring,” he added.

Speaking of his fast laps, Marco said: “I am very happy with this test. We ran our programme without any problems. The two fastest laps were obviously nice for the team and me. However, it is not possible to judge how significant that is with regard to the season opener in Hockenheim.”

“As a racing driver, however, you always want to be on top – whether at a test, in qualifying, or in the race. The BMW M4 DTM is making a very good impression. We have made a big leap forward in terms of development compared to last year. Because of this, I am confident going into the new season,” he added.
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