Maxime Martin in his BMW Team RMG M4 DTM took the pole and led the entire DTM race in Moscow. It was his first pole and his first win in what was only his fifth DTM race. Bruno Spengler, DTM champion in 2012, finished second in his BMW Team Schnitzer M4 DTM.
Martin pulled away from the pack early in the race, and pitted just before a safety car period at mid-race. The safety car period reduced his margin, but he managed to stay in the lead. He held on through another safety period as well. Other BMW racers in the top ten were Marco Wittman in fourth, Timo Glock, who fell back late in the race, in sixth, and Augusto Farfus in tenth. Wittman’s fourth place finished extended his lead in the drivers’ championship.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said, That was a fantastic race for us – the most successful of the season so far. Maxime Martin produced a dominant display and a magnificent race against a great backdrop and in only his fifth race in the DTM. He was simply unbeatable this weekend. Bruno Spengler also put in a very strong performance to finish just behind him. Despite the fact that it was, at times, hard to keep track of what was going on, this one-two was never in doubt. I feel sorry for Timo Glock: a problem with the fuel pressure meant he dropped back to sixth place shortly before the end of what had been a great race for him. Marco Wittmann also scored a lot of points and extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. Augusto Farfus rounded off a good result for us in tenth place. We once again leave Moscow very happy and are now looking forward to Spielberg – and we obviously have our fingers crossed for the German national team tonight.”
The Spielberg race will be run on August 3.—Brian S. Morgan