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    • DTM 2012: BMW wins their first DTM race in 20 years at the Lausitzring, Spengler and Farfus finish 1st and 3rd - Full Results

      BMW taking the first and second spots in qualifying played a huge role in this race. Spengler took the pole and Augusto Farfus qualified in second allowing a dominating start for BMW. Spengler and Farfus were able to finish 1st and 3rd respectively as a result of their starting positions on the tight Lausitzring not allowing the competition to overtake them. Only Gary Paffett from Mercedes managed to pass Farfus securing a second place finish.

      A huge win for BMW who is at a disadvantage compared to Audi and Mercedes fielding two fewer cars and also supposedly running a heavier and less powerful vehicle. A great victory and we hope BMW is able to maintain their momentum into the next race on May 20th at Brands Hatch in the UK.



      1. Bruno Spengler
      BMW Team Schnitzer
      BMW Bank M3 DTM
      52 1:09:45.795 1:09:45.795
      2. Gary Paffett
      HWA
      Thomas Sabo Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      52 1:09:46.814 01.019
      3. Augusto Farfus
      BMW Team RBM
      Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM
      52 1:09:52.864 07.069
      4. Jamie Green
      HWA
      Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      52 1:09:53.471 07.676
      5. Mattias Ekström
      ABT Sportsline
      Red Bull Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:07.157 21.362
      6. Timo Scheider
      ABT Sportsline
      AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:08.402 22.607
      7. Martin Tomczyk
      BMW Team RMG
      BMW M Performance Zubehör M3 DTM
      52 1:10:11.241 25.446
      8. Edoardo Mortara
      Team Rosberg
      Playboy Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:17.997 32.202
      9. Filipe Albuquerque
      Team Rosberg
      TV Movie Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:18.453 32.658
      10. Ralf Schumacher
      HWA
      Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      52 1:10:21.308 35.513
      11. Christian Vietoris
      HWA
      Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé
      52 1:10:31.494 45.699
      12. David Coulthard
      Mücke Motorsport
      DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      52 1:10:32.150 46.355
      13. Mike Rockenfeller
      Phoenix Racing
      Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:33.462 47.667
      14. Joey Hand
      BMW Team RMG
      SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM
      52 1:10:33.829 48.034
      15. Miguel Molina
      Phoenix Racing
      Red Bull Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:34.631 48.836
      16. Roberto Merhi
      Persson Motorsport
      Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      52 1:10:42.249 56.454
      17. Andy Priaulx
      BMW Team RBM
      Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM
      52 1:10:44.779 58.984
      18. Adrien Tambay
      Audi Sport Team Abt
      Audi ultra A5 DTM
      52 1:10:50.441 1:04.646
      19. Dirk Werner
      BMW Team Schnitzer
      E-POSTBRIEF BMW M3 DTM
      52 1:10:50.996 1:05.201
      20. Rahel Frey
      Audi Sport Team Abt
      E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM
      52 1:10:54.365 1:08.570
      21. Susie Wolff
      Persson Motorsport
      TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      51 1:10:04.612 1 Runde
      22. Robert Wickens
      Mücke Motorsport
      stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      47 1:03:43.636 5 Runden
      Bruno Spengler (car number 7, BMW Team Schnitzer, 1st place): “Today is a dream come true for me. I am so happy I just want to give everyone at BMW Team Schnitzer a big hug. That was a perfect weekend for me: the first DTM pole position for BMW for 20 years, then the first victory since 1992. This is one of the best days of my life. The race was unbelievable. We had a really tough battle with the Mercedes drivers, and did everything in our power to stay in front of them. Thankfully it worked. The final lap was the longest of my career. My team and I did not put a foot wrong today. That was definitely the crucial factor. One thing is certain: it is time for a celebration.”

      Augusto Farfus (car number 16, BMW Team RBM, 3rd place): “Congratulations to BMW for doing a great job and giving us this car. This is only my second DTM race and we are a very young team in the series. That makes it all the more amazing to finish on the podium at the second race. I feel really great. I had a difficult time in Hockenheim, but we have recovered brilliantly. One week later, this was a very different performance. I am very happy to be able to bring the car to the finish without any mistakes even though I had Jamie Green pushing me for a lot of laps. But I just made sure I stayed calm and made no mistakes. Thanks also to BMW Team RBM for two fantastic pit stops.”

      Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Second: "It's such a pity. My THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé had enough speed to win again today. I was just a bit too far behind at the pit-stop. Having said that, my car was really quick and had a brilliant set-up, a tribute to the team. I was also so close to Bruno Spengler's car that I was losing a bit of down force. However, I did give it my all and being second on the podium within the space of a week is a great result for us, especially after the win in the opening race.“

      Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Fourth: "My Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé was just terrific today. Augusto Farfus drove a fantastic race. I was behind him most of the time, but despite the great pace of my car, I couldn’t get past. Now the focus of my attention has to be on my home race at Brands Hatch where I’m hoping to get back on the podium again."

      BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt: “Most certainly, this is a very special moment which we didn’t expect this way. This fantastic victory by Bruno Spengler is the crown on a week, which was quite something. Firstly, we had our strong comeback weekend at Hockenheim, then our maiden pole-position yesterday and today, in only our second race, already the first victory in our new DTM era. This is fantastic, simply unbelievable, absolutely awesome!”

      Mercedes-Benz head of motorsport Norbert Haug: “We were very close, our drivers were bumper-to-bumper with the opposition. The important thing is that the DTM is exciting. The three brands are providing great motorsport. Now, we have seen two races with two different winners. Let’s wait and see what it will be like at Brands Hatch, perhaps we will see the third there. Scoring points has never been more difficult in DTM history.”

      Audi head of motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich: “Of course, we can’t be happy with this result, because this time again, we couldn’t get the tyres on our cars to work well in the race. Today, Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider have made the best of their starting grid positions that weren’t optimal and have made up several places, at times with very good lap times. Nevertheless, we have to understand our A5 better and use the full potential. We will work hard on that.”
      Comments 43 Comments
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Congrats to BMW for getting their first pole position after 20 years! This should make for a very interesting race tomorrow!
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Hope their race pace is good. It helps they have the front row locked up. Second place driver can help Spengler gap the field, that is if they don't race each other too hard.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Congratulations to Bruno Spengler for capturing the pole for Sunday's DTM race at the Lausitzring. This is the first pole for BMW in 20 years. Brazilian Augusto Farfas, also racing for BMW, was only 38 thousand of a second off of Spengler's pace qualifying second and giving BMW a 1-2 start for the race. Spengler also took the pole for this race last year. Mercedes driver Gary Paffett (who won the season opener and is the points leader) will be starting in third place. Can BMW get their first win of the season and in 20 years? We will see.

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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        1. Click here to enlarge Bruno Spengler
        BMW Team Schnitzer
        BMW Bank M3 DTM
        52 1:09:45.795 1:09:45.795
        2. Click here to enlarge Gary Paffett
        HWA
        Thomas Sabo Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:09:46.814 01.019
        3. Click here to enlarge Augusto Farfus
        BMW Team RBM
        Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:09:52.864 07.069
        4. Click here to enlarge Jamie Green
        HWA
        Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:09:53.471 07.676
        5. Click here to enlarge Mattias Ekström
        ABT Sportsline
        Red Bull Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:07.157 21.362
        6. Click here to enlarge Timo Scheider
        ABT Sportsline
        AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:08.402 22.607
        7. Click here to enlarge Martin Tomczyk
        BMW Team RMG
        BMW M Performance Zubehör M3 DTM
        52 1:10:11.241 25.446
        8. Click here to enlarge Edoardo Mortara
        Team Rosberg
        Playboy Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:17.997 32.202
        9. Click here to enlarge Filipe Albuquerque
        Team Rosberg
        TV Movie Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:18.453 32.658
        10. Click here to enlarge Ralf Schumacher
        HWA
        Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:21.308 35.513
        11. Click here to enlarge Christian Vietoris
        HWA
        Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:31.494 45.699
        12. Click here to enlarge David Coulthard
        Mücke Motorsport
        DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:32.150 46.355
        13. Click here to enlarge Mike Rockenfeller
        Phoenix Racing
        Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:33.462 47.667
        14. Click here to enlarge Joey Hand
        BMW Team RMG
        SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:10:33.829 48.034
        15. Click here to enlarge Miguel Molina
        Phoenix Racing
        Red Bull Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:34.631 48.836
        16. Click here to enlarge Roberto Merhi
        Persson Motorsport
        Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:42.249 56.454
        17. Click here to enlarge Andy Priaulx
        BMW Team RBM
        Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:10:44.779 58.984
        18. Click here to enlarge Adrien Tambay
        Audi Sport Team Abt
        Audi ultra A5 DTM
        52 1:10:50.441 1:04.646
        19. Click here to enlarge Dirk Werner
        BMW Team Schnitzer
        E-POSTBRIEF BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:10:50.996 1:05.201
        20. Click here to enlarge Rahel Frey
        Audi Sport Team Abt
        E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:54.365 1:08.570
        21. Click here to enlarge Susie Wolff
        Persson Motorsport
        TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        51 1:10:04.612 1 Runde
        22. Click here to enlarge Robert Wickens
        Mücke Motorsport
        stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        47 1:03:43.636 5 Runden
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge You beat me to it.
        Awesome result for BMW!
        Mercedes never had the upper hand. BMW copied their pitstrategy, and the stops went well this time.
        So Paffett never could overtake Bruno Spenger.
        Jamie Green went 25 laps on his 1st set of tires, and would have come ahead of Farfus, but his pitstop costed 7 seconds, and he never ame in front of Farfus after that.
        Bit of a boring race after the pitstops, but a great result for BMW!
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        lol. Click here to enlarge

        It was kind of a boring race really. What was interesting, beside the BMW strategy, Was Audi's disappointing performance. I expected more.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Well, Audi was cellabrating somewhere else.
        They finished 1,2,3 and 4 at the 6 hours of Spa Franchorchamps.

        1 Dumas/Duval/Gené (Audi R18 ultra), 160 laps in 6h 00.22m708s
        2 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) + 46.801s
        3 Bonanomi/Jarvis (Audi R18 ultra) – 1 lap
        4 Capello/Kristensen/McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) – 1 lap

        The e-tron cars really held up and finished 2nd and 4th.
        This was the big test for the 24 hours, so they were really pleased there.

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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        ^ Talk about domination!!

        But i don't think BMW can win next race, Mercedes cars had more race pace but due the shape of Lausitzring, they couldn't overtake the BMW's.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        ^ Talk about domination!!

        But i don't think BMW can win next race, Mercedes cars had more race pace but due the shape of Lausitzring, they couldn't overtake the BMW's.
        Agree.

        Paffett and Green are consistently quick, they are serious championship contenders.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        What channel can these races be seen on? I would like to start watching these races.

        Thanks.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        What channel can these races be seen on? I would like to start watching these races.

        Thanks.
        I don't know if it helps you or not, t watch it on Das Erste.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Agree.

        Paffett and Green are consistently quick, they are serious championship contenders.
        Yep. And it seems the BMW's are 100KG heavier than others.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        What channel can these races be seen on? I would like to start watching these races.

        Thanks.
        speed2.com
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        ^ Talk about domination!!

        But i don't think BMW can win next race, Mercedes cars had more race pace but due the shape of Lausitzring, they couldn't overtake the BMW's.
        That's why you try to take the pole and BMW did.

        The Benz's have more power?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        Yep. And it seems the BMW's are 100KG heavier than others.
        The hell? Why such a disadvantage?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        BMW taking the first and second spots in qualifying played a huge role in this race. Spengler took the pole and Augusto Farfus qualified in second allowing a dominating start for BMW. Spengler and Farfus were able to finish 1st and 3rd respectively as a result of their starting positions on the tight Lausitzring not allowing the competition to overtake them. Only Gary Paffett from Mercedes managed to pass Farfus securing a second place finish.

        A huge win for BMW who is at a disadvantage compared to Audi and Mercedes fielding two fewer cars and also supposedly running a heavier and less powerful vehicle. A great victory and we hope BMW is able to maintain their momentum into the next race on May 20th at Brands Hatch in the UK.

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        1. Click here to enlarge Bruno Spengler
        BMW Team Schnitzer
        BMW Bank M3 DTM
        52 1:09:45.795 1:09:45.795
        2. Click here to enlarge Gary Paffett
        HWA
        Thomas Sabo Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:09:46.814 01.019
        3. Click here to enlarge Augusto Farfus
        BMW Team RBM
        Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:09:52.864 07.069
        4. Click here to enlarge Jamie Green
        HWA
        Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:09:53.471 07.676
        5. Click here to enlarge Mattias Ekström
        ABT Sportsline
        Red Bull Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:07.157 21.362
        6. Click here to enlarge Timo Scheider
        ABT Sportsline
        AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:08.402 22.607
        7. Click here to enlarge Martin Tomczyk
        BMW Team RMG
        BMW M Performance Zubehör M3 DTM
        52 1:10:11.241 25.446
        8. Click here to enlarge Edoardo Mortara
        Team Rosberg
        Playboy Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:17.997 32.202
        9. Click here to enlarge Filipe Albuquerque
        Team Rosberg
        TV Movie Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:18.453 32.658
        10. Click here to enlarge Ralf Schumacher
        HWA
        Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:21.308 35.513
        11. Click here to enlarge Christian Vietoris
        HWA
        Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:31.494 45.699
        12. Click here to enlarge David Coulthard
        Mücke Motorsport
        DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:32.150 46.355
        13. Click here to enlarge Mike Rockenfeller
        Phoenix Racing
        Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:33.462 47.667
        14. Click here to enlarge Joey Hand
        BMW Team RMG
        SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:10:33.829 48.034
        15. Click here to enlarge Miguel Molina
        Phoenix Racing
        Red Bull Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:34.631 48.836
        16. Click here to enlarge Roberto Merhi
        Persson Motorsport
        Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        52 1:10:42.249 56.454
        17. Click here to enlarge Andy Priaulx
        BMW Team RBM
        Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:10:44.779 58.984
        18. Click here to enlarge Adrien Tambay
        Audi Sport Team Abt
        Audi ultra A5 DTM
        52 1:10:50.441 1:04.646
        19. Click here to enlarge Dirk Werner
        BMW Team Schnitzer
        E-POSTBRIEF BMW M3 DTM
        52 1:10:50.996 1:05.201
        20. Click here to enlarge Rahel Frey
        Audi Sport Team Abt
        E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM
        52 1:10:54.365 1:08.570
        21. Click here to enlarge Susie Wolff
        Persson Motorsport
        TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        51 1:10:04.612 1 Runde
        22. Click here to enlarge Robert Wickens
        Mücke Motorsport
        stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
        47 1:03:43.636 5 Runden
        Bruno Spengler (car number 7, BMW Team Schnitzer, 1st place): “Today is a dream come true for me. I am so happy I just want to give everyone at BMW Team Schnitzer a big hug. That was a perfect weekend for me: the first DTM pole position for BMW for 20 years, then the first victory since 1992. This is one of the best days of my life. The race was unbelievable. We had a really tough battle with the Mercedes drivers, and did everything in our power to stay in front of them. Thankfully it worked. The final lap was the longest of my career. My team and I did not put a foot wrong today. That was definitely the crucial factor. One thing is certain: it is time for a celebration.”

        Augusto Farfus (car number 16, BMW Team RBM, 3rd place): “Congratulations to BMW for doing a great job and giving us this car. This is only my second DTM race and we are a very young team in the series. That makes it all the more amazing to finish on the podium at the second race. I feel really great. I had a difficult time in Hockenheim, but we have recovered brilliantly. One week later, this was a very different performance. I am very happy to be able to bring the car to the finish without any mistakes even though I had Jamie Green pushing me for a lot of laps. But I just made sure I stayed calm and made no mistakes. Thanks also to BMW Team RBM for two fantastic pit stops.”

        Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Second: "It's such a pity. My THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé had enough speed to win again today. I was just a bit too far behind at the pit-stop. Having said that, my car was really quick and had a brilliant set-up, a tribute to the team. I was also so close to Bruno Spengler's car that I was losing a bit of down force. However, I did give it my all and being second on the podium within the space of a week is a great result for us, especially after the win in the opening race.“

        Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), Fourth: "My Mercedes-AMG C-Coupé was just terrific today. Augusto Farfus drove a fantastic race. I was behind him most of the time, but despite the great pace of my car, I couldn’t get past. Now the focus of my attention has to be on my home race at Brands Hatch where I’m hoping to get back on the podium again."

        BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt: “Most certainly, this is a very special moment which we didn’t expect this way. This fantastic victory by Bruno Spengler is the crown on a week, which was quite something. Firstly, we had our strong comeback weekend at Hockenheim, then our maiden pole-position yesterday and today, in only our second race, already the first victory in our new DTM era. This is fantastic, simply unbelievable, absolutely awesome!”

        Mercedes-Benz head of motorsport Norbert Haug: “We were very close, our drivers were bumper-to-bumper with the opposition. The important thing is that the DTM is exciting. The three brands are providing great motorsport. Now, we have seen two races with two different winners. Let’s wait and see what it will be like at Brands Hatch, perhaps we will see the third there. Scoring points has never been more difficult in DTM history.”

        Audi head of motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich: “Of course, we can’t be happy with this result, because this time again, we couldn’t get the tyres on our cars to work well in the race. Today, Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider have made the best of their starting grid positions that weren’t optimal and have made up several places, at times with very good lap times. Nevertheless, we have to understand our A5 better and use the full potential. We will work hard on that.”
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        You can view the page at http://www.germanboost.com/content.p...d-Full-Results
      1. GG///M3's Avatar
        GG///M3 -
        Which bmw car was the last bmw to win 20 years ago?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
        Which bmw car was the last bmw to win 20 years ago?
        i would guess an e30 m3.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        And it seems the BMW's are 100KG heavier than others.
        Why would that be?
        I can not even think of parts being this much heavier then the competition.
        I mean, all cars share the same CF monocoque shell, all have a 120 liter fuell cell, and all parts are kind of the same weight.
        Where would they gain 100kg?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        i would guess an e30 m3.
        And you would be exactly right
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