High spirits at the Dutzendteich: BMW DTM drivers start fifth race weekend of the year with a pedalo race
Even before the BMW DTM drivers take to the Norisring (DE) in their BMW M3 DTMs for the first time in the roll-out at 18:45, they have already completed their first race of the weekend. DTM champion Bruno Spengler (CA), Dirk Werner (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Andy Priaulx (GB), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE) went head-to-head out on the water of the Dutzendteich – at the wheel of a pedalo, powered solely by their own legs.
However, the event on Friday afternoon was less about competition and more about an enjoyable boating excursion to celebrate the return of the DTM after a four-week break. The Dutzendteich, which lends its name to a hairpin on the Norisring, provided the perfect stage.
“After a four-week break, it is good to meet up with my BMW team-mates again,” said Werner. “We always have fun when we see each other, and a pedalo race like that is a great opportunity to have a laugh together. It is always nice to have a relaxed start to the weekend.”
Wittmann added: “I know the Dutzendteich from my childhood, and know the Norisring like the back of my hand. After the outing in the pedalo, I can hardly wait to tackle the circuit in the Ice-Watch BMW M3 DTM this weekend.”
After the roll-out this evening, the eight BMW drivers get down to the serious business on Saturday. First up is the 90-minute practice session at 09:05. Qualifying for the fifth race of the season gets underway at 14:40. The race itself begins at 13:30 on Sunday.
About the DTM.
The German Touring Car Masters – DTM for short – is the most popular touring car series in the world. Last season, over 650,000 spectators flocked to renowned racetracks in Germany and around Europe to watch the ten races live. The series pits the three premium automobile manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz against each other in a sporting contest. BMW fielded its first works teams from 1984 to 1992, during which time it claimed 49 race victories and won the Drivers’ Championship on three occasions (1984, 1987 and 1989). In 2012, the manufacturer returned to the DTM with the BMW M3 DTM, three teams and six drivers. BMW promptly won five races and topped the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the end of the season.
The 2013 DTM calendar once again consists of ten races. The schedule includes four trips abroad, to Brands Hatch (GB), Spielberg (AT), Moscow (RU) and Zandvoort (NL). The season traditionally ends in Hockenheim (DE) on 20th October. This season sees BMW line up with an even stronger contingent of four teams and eight drivers. The car charged with defending the team’s hat-trick of titles is once again the BMW M3 DTM. TV station ARD is broadcasting each qualifying (from 14:30) and every race (from 13:15) live. Tickets for all the DTM races are available here: http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/fan-area/dtm-tickets.html