Schaeffler and BMW kick off the new DTM season with a win

06.05.2019

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  • First race, first win: Marco Wittmann takes victory at the first attempt in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM on Saturday. 
  • Wittmann leads the Drivers’ Championship after eighth place on Sunday. 
  • Matthias Zink: “The new partnership with BMW M Motorsport could hardly have got off to a better start.” 
Schaeffler and BMW M Motorsport made a  hugely successful  start  to  the  2019  DTM  season. Marco Wittmann, at  the wheel  of  the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, converted pole position into victory at the season-opener in Hockenheim  on  Saturday, giving  BMW  Team  RMG  and  the  two-time  DTM  champion cause to celebrate after the very first race of the new partnership between Schaeffler and BMW M Motorsport. The  “GreenMachine”  was  unbeatable  in  wet  conditions  at  the  iconic  4.574-kilometre circuit.  Wittmann  followed  his  win  with  eighth  place  on  Sunday,  rounding  off  a successful  weekend  in Hockenheim. After two races, the man from Fürth leads the Drivers’ Championship with 34 points. 
 
Matthias Zink: “The new partnership could hardly have got off to a better start.” 

Matthias  Zink,  CEO  Automotive  OEM  Schaeffler,  was  understandably  positive  in  his appraisal of the weekend. “I think you could call that a dream start,” he said. “The new partnership with BMW M Motorsport could hardly have got off to a better start. Marco Wittmann showed, particularly with his victory in the rain on Saturday, why he has twice ended the season as champion: Classy driving, nerves of steel, and a strong team behind him. The Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM has proven from the word go that it has what it takes to  win  races,  despite  all  the  innovations  in  the  2019  DTM  season.  That  gives  you  an appetite for the rest of this year’s races.” Wittmann was also more than satisfied with the opening round in Hockenheim. “A new car, our new partner Schaeffler, and many amendments to the rules: It feels awesome to start with the first victory in the new turbo era in the DTM,” said the two-time DTM champion. 
    
“While I had to battle hard for my points on Sunday, everything came together perfectly on Saturday. Enormous praise must go to BMW Team RMG. Everybody there has done a super job. The preparations for the season were tough and tiring. That only serves to make the joy all the greater when you are successful together at the first attempt. That also goes for the partnership with Schaeffler. I am very proud to have put the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM to the very fore in its first outing. Long may it continue this way.” The  2019  DTM  season  continues  on  18 th /19 th   May  when  Zolder,  Belgium,  hosts  races three and four.