Munich, 23 June 2014: After a four-week break in race action, the 2014 DTM season resumes with the race on the Norisring (DE). On 29th June, the BMW drivers will do battle for points and places at the iconic street race in Nürnberg (DE). One driver in particular is looking forward to the fourth race of the year: Marco Wittmann (DE), who currently leads the Drivers’ Championship with 50 points. He lives just 20 kilometres from the circuit in Fürth (DE). Just as the local favourite leads the Drivers’ Championship, BMW Team RMG also occupies first place in the team competition. Team Principal Stefan Reinhold’s (DE) outfit tops the standings with 58 points.
The 2.3 kilometre Norisring is regarded as the Monaco of the DTM. Similar to the way Formula One drivers weave their way through the narrow streets in the Mediterranean principality, the DTM drivers also come within a whisker of the walls on the tight street circuit in Nürnberg. They must complete the stop-and-start circuit around the Dutzendteich 83 times before they see the chequered flag.
Last year the Norisring, which is made race-ready each year by volunteers, proved to be relatively difficult terrain for BMW Motorsport. After an eventful race in extreme heat, which also included two safety car periods, Bruno Spengler (CA) came home sixth as the best-placed BMW driver. In total, four BMW drivers finished in the top ten. Over the course of the weekend, 126,000 spectators followed the action on the Norisring, where BMW has five DTM wins to its name. These included the first ever DTM race in Nürnberg back in 1984, when Winfried Vogt (DE) triumphed in a BMW 323i.
Statistics ahead of the race at the Norisring:
|Circuit / Date||Norisring, 29th June 2014|
|Laps / Distance||83 laps, 2.3 km|
|2013 Pole Time||Robert Wickens (CA), 48.384 seconds|
|2013 winner||– (Mattias Ekström disqualified)|
|2013 Fastest Lap||Christian Vietoris (DE), 48.572 seconds|