A day prior to raceday, Martin sparked a huge surprise in the DTM Race of Russia’s qualifying session as he qualified tops. With his BMW M4 DTM, the rookie completed his best lap of the demanding track in 1:28.619. Martin topped Spengler with a margin of less than two hundredth of a second for the top spot. “This is just fantastic! We keep getting better and better and it is great that I already scored my first pole at only my fifth attempt. I really like the track here in Moscow. On top of that, the car was simply great,” the rookie beamed.
Martin wasn’t the only DTM novice to shine in qualifying. Müller in the Audi RS 5 DTM also showed a
convincing performance, qualifying a strong third as the best-placed Audi driver, ahead of Reigning Champion Mike Rockenfeller, Adrien Tambay, Augusto Farfus and Wittmann, the championship top dog.
Martin’s BMW M4 DTM; a force to be reckoned with at Moscow Raceway
It all began extremely well for Martin who outpaced Spengler, Müller and Rockenfeller into turn one. Farfus lost a position to Ekstrom, who jumped from 11th place on the grid to seventh on lap 1. Meanwhile, Wittmann overtook Rockenfeller for fifth, and the defending champ would lose another position to Ekstrom on lap 2. Up front, Martin led by 1.7 seconds to Spengler and the rest of the field.
Rockenfeller’s Audi RS 5 DTM appeared to lose pace in a hurry as Vietoris sideswiped him for eighth spot on lap 8. The Audi RS 5 DTM of Tambay made a pass on his fellow driver Muller for third on lap 11. The rookie Audi driver would lose more positions to Ekstrom and Wittmann moments later. A lap later, it was Glock’s turn to charge past Muller for sixth. However, Glock would have to return that position to Muller on lap 14, following an overtaking infringement.
As the pitstop window opened, Glock would regain two places to fifth as he overtook Wittmann and Muller, who stopped on lap 16. On lap 28, an accident between Rockenfeller and Tambay brought out the safety car. When the safety car returned to the pitlane on lap 33, the race got underway proper for the final stint of the race. After the second stops, the action got thicker with approximately seven laps left to run. Martin led Spengler, Glock, Ekström, Wittmann, Müller, Vietoris, Wehrlein, Mortara and Tomczyk into the remaining laps. First and second were pretty much secured, but third through sixth places had all to play for; Ekstrom, Glock, Wittmann, Ekstrom and Muller were in the middle of it. On the penultimate lap, both Wittmann and Ekström would overtake Glock for third and fourth. Ekstrom then made a brave swipe at Wittman and successfully gained third place at the beginning of the final lap.
At the finish line, Martin was accorded his debut win in only his fifth DTM race. Spengler was second for a BMW 1 – 2 at the Moscow Raceway, then Ekstrom, Wittmann, Muller, Glock, Vietories, Wehrlein, Edoardo Mortara and Farfus.
Round 6 of the DTM hits the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg, Austria from 2 – 3 August.
2014 DTM (Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters), Moscow Raceway, results
1 Maxime Martin BMW 1:15:09.422
2 Bruno Spengler BMW +04.259
3 Mattias Ekström Audi +09.454
4 Marco Wittmann BMW +09.591
5 Nico Müller Audi +10.740
6 Timo Glock BMW +15.632
7 Christian Vietoris Mercedes +16.553
8 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes +19.300
9 Edoardo Mortara Audi +20.987
10 Augusto Farfus BMW +21.110
Qualifying, Section 3
1 Martin M. BMW 1:28.619
2 Spengler B. BMW 1:28.638
3 Müller N. Audi 1:28.714
4 Rockenfeller M. Audi 1:28.714
5 Tambay A. Audi 1:28.754
6 Farfus A. BMW 1:28.760
7 Wittmann M. BMW 1:28.844
8 Molina M. Audi 1:28.925
9 Green J. Audi 1:28.805 (Section 2)
10 Glock T. BMW 1:28.855 (Section 2)
1. Marco Wittmann 70 points
2. Mattias Ekström 50
3. Bruno Spengler 41
4. Edoardo Mortara 41
5. Mike Rockenfeller 35
6. Maxime Martin 33
7. Christian Vietoris 31
8. Adrien Tambay 28
9. Miguel Molina 26
10. Robert Wickens 25