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BMW keen to forget disappointing weekend

17 June 2013

BMW motorsport director, Jens Marquardt, has pointed to the team's poor qualifying as the reason for their disappointing race at the Lausitzring on Sunday.

BMW only had one points finish in Germany, with reigning champion Bruno Spengler rounding off seventh to hold the joint lead of the drivers' championship with Mike Rockenfeller.

But Marquardt was less than impressed with the team's showing, and says it was a stark contrast to the success they had in Spielberg a fortnight ago: “We are obviously not happy with this result,” he said.

“It is in stark contrast to our magnificent one-two-three in Spielberg a fortnight ago. The problems in qualifying meant we started the race from poor positions.

“Unfortunately the modifications we made to the set-up prior to qualifying, which we were unable to change before the start of the race due to the new Parc Fermé regulations, did not pay off for us.

“The result underlines what makes the DTM special: it is incredibly evenly balanced. If you are not 100 per cent on the ball ahead of qualifying on Saturday, and then suffer other minor problems, then you will be well down the field come the race.”

Despite his disappointment, Marquardt was quick to congratulate Lausitzring winner Garry Pafftet and his Mercedes team, and says his team will reflect on the race in the coming week: “Congratulations to Mercedes-Benz and Gary Paffett on a very impressive race,” he added.

“Audi also produced a good performance. We will now analyse our race in the week.”


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