Monday, June 14, 2021

Jonathan Aberdein drives to fourth place at Zolder

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Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) gave a strong performance in the 15th race of the DTM season at Zolder (BEL) to claim fourth place in his CATL BMW M4 DTM. The South African driver celebrated his greatest success as a BMW works driver. Timo Glock (GER, iQOO BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) also finished in the points, claiming ninth and tenth places respectively.

Aberdein followed up Friday’s practice session by reaching fourth place in qualifying to suggest that he was coping well with the cold conditions. He confirmed that in the race as he remained in the fight for a podium finish right to the end. Philipp Eng (AUT, ZF BMW M4 DTM) also had a good turn of speed and was running in the top six before falling back after receiving a drive-through penalty due to a collision with Jamie Green (GBR, Audi). Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) also had to take a drive-through penalty. The two drivers crossed the line in twelfth and 13th places, directly behind Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM), who returned to the scene of last week’s podium finish to claim eleventh position.

Reactions to the 15th DTM race of the 2020 season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“After qualifying, it was clear that the race would be hard work. The cold temperatures are a real challenge. Jonathan did very well. Driving close behind another car for such a long time is tough on the front tyres. We have known that for many years in the DTM and today we saw that again with Jonathan and Timo. You have to try and overtake. If you don’t manage that, things get difficult. Congratulations to Jonathan on his fourth place. That is a very good result for him. He’s on an upward trajectory at the moment and I hope that he will make more progress tomorrow. Of course, three BMWs in the top ten is not the result that we had expected or hoped for. We will have to see if we can get to grips with the tyre wear a bit better tomorrow and improve a bit in qualifying. Congratulations to René Rast on the win.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 14th, Race: 10th, Drivers’ standings: 7th, 91 points):

“There’s not much to be said after the race. We moved up from 14th place to tenth and managed to score a point. With our early pit stop, we hoped that the safety car would make another appearance but that was not the case, so the strategy didn’t work out. We are losing too much time on the straights compared to the other cars around us. That is a bit frustrating. We have to analyse that and hopefully we will improve for tomorrow.”

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