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BMW wins 2015 DTM Manufacturers’ Championship after
19.10.2015 Press Release
. It was exciting right down to the final lap, but BMW defended its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship in the 18th and final race of the 2015 DTM season to claim the title for the third time in four years.
Juan Bernardo Vazquez Mellado
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Hockenheim (DE), 18th October 2015. It was exciting right down to the final lap,
but BMW defended its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship in the 18th and
final race of the 2015 DTM season to claim the title for the third time in four
years. This was the seventh of a possible 12 titles for BMW since returning to the
DTM in 2012.
The points secured by Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) in sixth
place, António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) in seventh, Bruno
Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM) in eighth, and Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M
Performance Parts M4 DTM) in tenth proved sufficient to hang on to first place
with 602 points. Audi ended the season as runner-up with 595 points after a
one-two-three in the final race of the season.
This was the first Manufacturers’ title for the BMW M4 DTM, after the BMW M3
DTM had been successful in 2012 and 2013. BMW Team RMG came up just
short of successfully defending its title in the Team competition. Team Principal
Stefan Reinhold’s (DE) team finished runner-up with 206 points, behind the
gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG team (225 points). Mercedes driver Pascal
Wehrlein (DE) had previously wrapped up the Drivers’ Championship on
Augusto Farfus (BR, Shell BMW M4 DTM) ended the 18th race of the season in
14th. Tom Blomqvist (GB, BMW M4 DTM) came home 17th after a drive-through
penalty, but still claimed the unofficial title of “Rookie of the Year”. Timo Glock
was 21st in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, while Marco Wittmann (DE)
failed to finish his last race, for now at least, with the number 1 on his Ice-Watch
BMW M4 DTM.
Reactions to the 18 th race of the 2015 DTM season.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “It is fantastic to end the 2015
DTM season as the champion manufacturer. This title is always proof of an
outstanding team effort over the course of a season. It belongs to every one of us
in the team – whether driver, engineer or mechanic, and was primarily possible
thanks to the fighting spirit shown by every single one of us. After a difficult start,
we improved over the course of the season. When presented with the
opportunity to get good results, we took full advantage – such as with our top seven
lock-out in Zandvoort. Five different race winners in the BMW M4 DTM also shows that we achieved our goal for 2015, which was to be more competitive across the board. I am very proud of that. Congratulations again to Pascal Wehrlein and Mercedes on winning the Drivers’ title. Like yesterday, Sunday’s race was not one for anyone with weak nerves. Maxime Martin made another great start, but then dropped back a bit. However, he was then able to fight his way back up the field with a great pit stop and some fantastic battles.
António Félix da Costa, Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk also climbed into
the points and, in doing so, ensured we scored enough points to win the
Maxime Martin (BMW Team RMG, 6 th place): “We were determined to win
the Manufacturers’ title, and we did it. Fantastic. I got off to an outstanding start
and immediately fought my way up to third place. Unfortunately I was unable to
match the pace of the Audis, but that is irrelevant now after this team result for
Facts and Figures.
Hockenheim, 4.574 kilometres, 60 minutes plus 1 lap
Overcast, ten degrees Celsius
BMW Motorsport results:
#36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 6th
#13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4
DTM – 7th place
#7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 8th place
#77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts
M4 DTM – 10th place
#18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 14th place
#31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – 17th place
#16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM –
#1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – DNF
BMW has won at least one title every year since returning to the DTM. In 2012 it
pulled off a hat-trick of titles in the Drivers’, Team and Manufacturers’
competitions. This was followed by another Manufacturers’ title in 2013, the
Drivers’ and Team titles in 2014, and now a third Manufacturers’ Championship.
BMW Team RMG was the most successful BMW crew of the season for the
second time in a row.
Bruno Spengler ended the season fifth in the Drivers’ Championship, making him
the best-placed BMW driver. He was followed by Marco Wittmann in sixth place
Tom Blomqvist is the fourth BMW driver in a row to win the unofficial title of
“Rookie of the Year”, following in the footsteps of Augusto Farfus (2012), Marco
Wittmann (2013) and Maxime Martin (2014).
The bonnet of Marco Wittmann’s Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM came loose and flew
off on lap eight, following a battle for position. He was forced to retire from the
Tom Blomqvist was handed a drive-through penalty for a collision with Robert
Wickens (CA) on lap 12.