DTM night race with Zanardi: looking forward to Misano BMW

The upcoming weekend for BMW Motorsport in several “firsts”: The guest start in Misano to the DTM, driving for the first time at night, which puts the rider in front of a special challenge and also the spectators in the television a lot of unusual images should deliver. Of course, the times for the individual Sessions will shift considerably: The first free practice begins on Friday at 21:30 PM, the qualifying session on Saturday and Sunday, start at 20:00. The two races even start until 22:30.

Another Highlight from the point of view of BMW of the guest start of Alex Zanardi. The fast-paced Italians must now also prove in the DTM, that he gives up in spite of all the difficulties, never for any challenge. Misano is a Zanardi with a specially prepared BMW M4 DTM start, the Team RMR manages. Neuland does not enter but only Zanardi: Bruno Spengler, Philipp Eng and Augusto Farfus none of the drivers know the track of Misano of a race.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “The DTM for the first time at night, enthusiastic Italian Fans, and our local hero and guest starter Alex Zanardi: The race weekend in Misano, without a doubt, an absolute Highlight of the DTM season in 2018. Night races are always very spectacular, in the DTM they are also for our drivers, Teams and engineers something completely New. The track in Misano we need to get to know. So we are faced with exciting challenges which we gladly accept. From a sporting point of view, we want to improve in Italy this year, our record of success, of course. However, it is already now that it will be a very emotional weekend. Alex Zanardi to compete in front of his home Fans in a BMW M4 DTM to see, which should not only with us goosebumps. Already now a big thank you to the team at BMW Motorsport, which has taken up the challenge, Alex of the for him optimal technology for the control of the cars, equip. Countless hours and days worked to the innovative solutions. A unique System that will give Alex the opportunity, in the two strength-sapping DTM sprint race on the sea to go to the Limit to come. It will surely be a treat to see him on the track. I can only say: Forza, Alex!“

Alessandro Zanardi (BMW M4 DTM): “In my long career, I have prepared myself often on the next big race, and knew that I was one of the favorites bin, which may bring the victory. This is different this Time – but it is no less exciting to operate again in Motorsport at the highest level. I can’t wait to start the engine of my BMW M4 DTM. I was able to do in my life so many different things, and in terms of Motorsport as well as the racing series, which irritate me in my career, was the DTM, something I wanted to do still. I would like to thank BMW for this opportunity. And the BMW engineers made the conversion of the car once again, outstanding work and me and my needs in the best possible way. I am looking forward to a spectacular weekend in front of the many Fans that come to cheer us. I hope that the night race in Misano, for they are all an unforgettable experience.“

Stefan Reinhold (team principal, BMW Team RMG): “We are all very excited about Misano. The course is new for everyone Involved, and without references from the previous years, we will start our work on Friday is virtually zero. For another, the schedule is an interesting challenge. The Team must switch from the usual time processes on a daily, which are later start and late night finishes. We are looking forward to the night race, the offer undoubtedly, a great spectacle for the Fans. It is also a class, Alex is in with us in the BMW family. He is a great person and he will amaze in the DTM. From a sporting perspective, our goal is to catch up, not necessarily to the front in both races in the fight for the top placements is a strong word to say in the matter.“

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience, the M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG 3. Place of standings, points: 110): “I’m looking forward to Misano. This is new territory for me and a route that I have to try to come as quickly as possible in the rhythm. But in General I think that the whole Event is a spectacle: It was the first night race in the DTM, and the whole day will be different. I am also pleased that Alex Zanardi is on Board and the two DTM race. This is for him and especially his Fans something very Special.“

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG – 13. Place of standings, points: 40): “I know the track from the time she was driving in the other direction. I have celebrated my first victory ever in Motorsport in the formula Renault. The atmosphere is class. The track is not far from the beach, and we drive to the first DTM race of the night. But we will have enough light to see the route in the dark. After my podium finish at Brands Hatch, I hope we can take this momentum over to Misano.“

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – 6. Place of standings, points: 101): “I’m excited, how it will be, for the first Time in the dark to drive with a DTM-car. In addition, it is for us a new route, and we hope that the Layout suits our car. Generally speaking, I also hope that luck comes back again, the last stayed with us a bit on the track. I am looking forward to Alex Zanardi, and I’m very eager to see how he copes and how the first night of the history of the DTM will be racing.“

Bart Mampaey (team principal, BMW Team RBM): “It is always interesting to drive in Italy race. It’s vacation time, and with Alex Zanardi, we have the guarantee to a large Public. For our Team the track in Misano is still new. Therefore, we do sure have some homework to do and will try to us as much as possible to prepare. I will also talk with Alex about his impressions of the DTM-car, and Misano. We try to bring at least one of our drivers on the Podium, and to make our contribution to a, hopefully, fantastic Italian race weekend.“

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM 12. Place of standings, points: 43): “Driving in the night, I know the race just 24 hours. But this is something completely Different, because the lighting is not designed to drive a DTM-car so the darkness like a long-haul. But the track in Misano will be very well lit. I’m looking forward to all of the cases, because it is a new challenge and super interesting. It is also mega, that we have Alex Zanardi in the Team. I’m with him, the 24-hour race in Spa hazards, and a very big Fan of Alex. To have him in the DTM in the Team, is great, particularly in his native Italy. Of course in Misano is also a cool track. I’m there this year in the Italian GT championship. He is also the DTM cars really interesting, and offers some overtaking opportunities for a good Show.“

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – 8. Place standings points: 83): “I’m really looking forward to Misano and I think it will be a cool Event. 2016 and 2017 in the Blancpain GT sprint series, the Saturday race during the night, and there were some very spectacular images. For us drivers it was fantastic, and in the DTM car is sure to be even better. I think you will see a lot of glowing brake discs and flames from the exhaust. The track is located, and I like that. I’m happy to be there.“

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM 15. Place of standings, points: 27): “Misano is the next new route and a new kind of race. I am, as yet, have never driven in the night. This will be a great challenge. But I think that it will be easier to learn the track in Misano, as the last of the Old-School-course in Brands Hatch. I’m really excited, because everyone says that it is a great track, lots of fun. For sure it will be fantastic to drive there with a DTM car.“

[resources : bimmertoday.de]
by : klonr.com

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