DTM action on the outskirts of Moscow

At the end of August, the DTM visited the Moscow Raceway for the fourth time, presenting the 25,000 Russian spectators with two thrilling races. With technology from MAHLE Motorsports in his BMW M4 DTM, Marco Wittmann was BMW’s most successful driver that weekend, taking back the overall lead.

Every year, the DTM event held on the 3,931-kilometre circuit, created by renowned track designer Hermann Tilke, is something quite special for the 12 teams. Even the journey by truck, which takes several days and often features adventurous routes and incidents, stands in sharp contrast to the other eight events in the race calendar. But if you’re looking for excitement on the track, that’s exactly what you’ll get in Moscow—as at every other DTM race. The field is incredibly close, and the 24 drivers fight wheel-to-wheel for every fraction of a second.

The BMW drivers had cause to celebrate on Sunday and delivered a quadruple victory for BMW Motorsports. After a flawless and commanding performance, Marco Wittmann crossed the finish line as the winner, followed by fellow BMW drivers Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler, and Augusto Farfus. It was Wittmann’s seventh win in the DTM and the tenth for his BMW team RMG. With 130 points, he is number one in the driver standings with another six races to go. Only Maxime Martin in sixth place had picked up points for BMW on the rain-soaked track on Saturday.

MAHLE has been involved in the DTM as an official partner of BMW Motorsports since 2014—and has also contributed to the success of BMW M4 DTM at the Moscow Raceway. MAHLE components including forged pistons, piston rings, piston pins, circlips, crankshaft bearing shells, and water pumps allow the BMW drivers go to the absolute limit in terms of performance.

The partnership between MAHLE and BMW Motorsports is a real success story. In 2014, which marked the very first year of this collaboration, wins were recorded in driver and team standings. In 2015, BMW celebrated the win of the manufacturer’s title. The commitment of MAHLE Motorsports demonstrates its expertise to motor racing fans in Germany and Europe in particular. On an international level, MAHLE Motorsports also plays a prominent role as an innovative partner to the best teams and manufacturers in various other racing series and championships around the globe.

Now the DTM’s 2016 season is entering a critical stage. In September, there will be two races each at the Nürburgring and in Budapest, then the grand finale at Hockenheim, which is scheduled for October. Everything suggests that this year's winner will not be decided before the very last of the 18 races. Right in the thick of things: BMW, together with MAHLE Motorsports.

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Maxime Martin, in particular, has been very successful in Moscow in the past. In his first DTM season in 2014, he dominated the event and secured the first win of his career in this series from pole position. Last season, two BMW drivers—Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler—were on the podium after both races in the Russian capital.


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