The DTM heads to Brands Hatch this weekend for round six of the 2019 season. Audi’s Rene Rast goes into the race leading the championship on 158 points, 23 ahead of his team mate Nico Muller. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Muller commented by saying:
I’m satisfied with the season so far. We’ve built on the strong second half of the season we had back in 2018, but, in order to achieve good results, everything must always fit together – and that doesn’t always depend on your own performance. We’ve looked very strong in the races so far, but we can improve in the qualifying sessions. This will be a special focus for the rest of the season. If we succeed, anything is possible. But we should not forget to enjoy the whole thing. It’s just fun to drive the new DTM cars and the races are spectacular.
Germany’s Marco Wittman from BMW heads to Brands Hatch looking to close the gap to the Audi Sport duo of Rene Rast and Nico Muller. In Assen last time out, Wittmann finished on the podium in second place behind race winner Mike Rockenfeller. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event in Brands Hatch, Wittmann who drives the BMW M4 for BMW Team RMG.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
Brands Hatch is characterized by many fast sectors, which usually makes overtaking difficult, because you cannot easily follow the cars in front. But we have already seen in Assen, where there were also a lot of fast corners, that you can get ahead with good overtaking manoeuvres and the right strategy. With this year’s cars, which have significantly more engine power than in the past, tyrewear is higher, which may be why we see more overtakes because drivers are on different strategies. Everything is still possible in the title race. At the Norisring, I got almost no points, but in Assen I took home quite a lot. In the DTM, the situation changes from weekend to weekend – and we still have eight races to go.
Daniel Juncadella from R Motorsport/Aston Martin is looking forward to the race this weekend having finished the race in Assen in seventh place and speaking ahead of the race he said:
I’m really looking forward to Brands Hatch. One year ago, I was able to claim my second pole position and my first victory in the DTM – so I have some great memories of this place. At the same time, I’ll be driving for a British manufacturer on its home soil, which will make the race weekend a very special experience for me. The track is fantastic but technically very demanding. The most interesting places are the fast right-handers in the second sector. My goal is to keep working hard with the team to get 101 percent out of the existing package. If we can do that, we should be well prepared to get a good result.