First BMW F80 M3 CRT prototypes or ZCP Competition Package spotted?

Now that the M4 GTS concept has been revealed, BMW may be turning its attention to developing the F80 M3 CRT, the first prototypes of which may have been spotted in these photos, courtesy of Heel & Toe blog. These two M3 test cars wear the same ...

Now that the M4 GTS concept has been revealed, BMW may be turning its attention to developing the F80 M3 CRT, the first prototypes of which may have been spotted in these photos, courtesy of Heel & Toe blog. These two M3 test cars wear the same 666 M style wheels from the GTS concept, just without the acid orange accenting (which is how the production M4 GTS wheels may look). The prototypes are also equipped with black exhaust tips. The other theory could be that what’s seen here are F80 M3 test cars featuring the upcoming Competition Package (ZCP), which is not expected to feature carbon ceramic brakes nor a high rear wing (as on the M4 GTS). The E90 M3 CRT was announced in June 2011 and was limited to only 67 units. Due to the very limited worldwide volume, the BMW M3 CRT was never homologated for sale in the USA. If history repeats itself, the F80 M3 CRT would possibly feature similar highlights as the E90 M3 CRT [see full thread]:M3 “CRT” = Carbon Racing TechnologiesLimited production – 67 unitsPriced in Germany at EUR 130,000 – incl. VATDebuts new production process for CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) componentsHood and bucket seats made from cellular carbon honeycombHood has strength of conventional steel hood, but at 1/4 of its weight. 50% weight saving over M3 aluminum hood.Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paintMelbourne Red metallic applications and special treatment for the BMW kidney grilleExclusive door sill strips, door panels and trim strips in aluminium grain structureSpecial Sakhir Orange and Black dual colored covers for the front and individual rear seatsAlcantara-covered M steering wheel Powertrain / Performance450hp @ 8,300 RPM324lb-ft torque @ 3,750 RPM180mph / 290kmh top speed4,360 cc displacement0-100km/h (0-62mph) – 4.4 secondsSports exhaust system with extremely lightweight titanium mufflerBedplate crankcase construction in special aluminum-silicon alloyIndividual throttle butterfliesKnock control system with ion current technologyDynamically-optimized wet sump oil supply Body3,483 pounds / 1,580 kilograms = [100lb (45kg)] lighter than standard sedan / [154lb (70kg)] lighter when equipment on board taken into accountProportion of car’s weight over rear axle raised to 48.4%7.74 lb-per-hp weight-to-power ratio3.5 kg-per-hp weight-to-power ratio

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Next-gen G30 5 Series will get features and options from new 7 Series

The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship model and the one car that historically has brought BMW’s latest innovations to the market. The G11/G12 7 Series launches this month and gives the consumers twenty six new features which will eventually tric...

The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship model and the one car that historically has brought BMW’s latest innovations to the market. The G11/G12 7 Series launches this month and gives the consumers twenty six new features which will eventually trickle down to other models. The first one to take advantage of some of this new tech is the 2017 BMW 5 Series. Our sources say the G30/G31 family will get most of the interior goodies that G11/G12 7 Series introduces: remote parking with the smart touchscreen keyfob, gesture control, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, ambient light and fragrance air system.

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Other features like WiFi Hotsport, wireless phone charging and AppleCar play are also on the list. Inside the cabin we will see the new iDrive system with touchscreen and gesture-based functions, the over-the-air updates for the car and other gimmicks that will bring ConnectedDrive philosophy to a new level. We even predict a self-opening tailgate as you approach the car with a cell phone or a keyfob in your packet. Autonomous functions will be the center of future BMWs, and by that we don’t necessarily mean self-driving car, but rather individual, interconnected features that automate some of the driver-performed functions today. The new 5 Series will not only park itself, but change lanes and overtake on the driver’s behalf. It’ll use radar-based cruise control to stay in its lane, detect a car ahead, and signal before pulling out and passing the car in front. BMW will unveil the new 5 Series in the second half of 2016. The article Next-gen G30 5 Series will get features and options from new 7 Series appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid will launch in 2016

BMW has decided that the new 2 Series Active Tourer is doing well enough that it wants to give it a new model. An eDrive plug-in hybrid model. The BMW 225xe Active Tourer will come to market in 2016 and it will likely be followed by Gran Tourer and X...

BMW has decided that the new 2 Series Active Tourer is doing well enough that it wants to give it a new model. An eDrive plug-in hybrid model. The BMW 225xe Active Tourer will come to market in 2016 and it will likely be followed by Gran Tourer and X1 hybrids. Our sources say that after lots of deliberation, the badge on the car will say 225xe. The 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive will feature BMW’s 1.5 liter three-cylinder TwinPower engine, transversely mounted powering the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, and an 88hp / 136 Nm/100 lb-ft of torque electric motor, powering the rear wheels through a two-speed transmission.

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This essentially makes the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive a backwards i8, as the i8 uses a similar setup, but with the engine at the rear and motor at the front. Compared to a 225i xDrive model, this adds some 150 kg or 330 pounds. The gasoline engine produces 100 kW/136 hp and 220 Nm/162 pound-feet of torque/electric. Related: BMW 225e Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid – First Drive

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The 2 Series AT eDrive will deliver its power instantaneously, thanks to the torque fill effect of the electric motors adding power while the turbocharger gathers boost. This will shuttle the 2 Series AT eDrive from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds. Not bad for a front-wheel drive hybrid.

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BMW’s 225xe Active Tourer will utilize both powertrains to give it an intelligent all-wheel drive system. It can send power to the front wheels, rear wheels or four wheels, depending as required. The system can also work with the Dynamic Stability Control to manage power for optimized traction, acceleration and efficiency. The EU cycle testing is likely to show an average of 2 liters per 100km (117 mpg US). BMW’s eDrive will be appearing in many other cars in the coming months, but this is one of the more intriguing. The 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive will arrive in Europe in 2016. The article BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid will launch in 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW History: The First BMW Motorcycle

The year was 1919. A company which had previously been producing aircraft engines found itself facing the dilemma of having to change its business entirely. That company was, of course, BMW. Under the Treaty of Versailles, BMW was barred from continu...

The year was 1919. A company which had previously been producing aircraft engines found itself facing the dilemma of having to change its business entirely. That company was, of course, BMW. Under the Treaty of Versailles, BMW was barred from continuing with ‘business as usual’ and was forced to take an entirely new path. After years of design, re-design and innovation, BMW introduced the first of its very own motorcycles. This model was dubbed the R32.

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With just under 500cc and 8.5HP, coupled with its very low 269lb wet weight, the R32 effectively brought BMW into the new German economy. When it made its debut at the 1923 Paris Motorcycle Salon, it immediately garnered lots of attention. Though clearly a premium offering, the R32 was also very fuel efficient, delivering 78mpg. Even though it was designed during the post WWI era, the R32 has arguably been the most important vehicle in BMW Motorrad’s history. The drive train design which was first introduced on the R32 was later adapted to and used in every successive BMW motorcycle, up until 1994. The boxer engine for which BMW gained much notoriety too made its debut on the R32. These two things are often now thought of as being synonymous with the BMW Motorrad marque.

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Though the R32 was a crucial machine, it wasn’t exactly a perfect machine. For example, in its first iteration it lacked even a front brake. But it cannot be overlooked that the R32 is the proverbial ‘Genesis’ in the BMW Motorrad story. For this reason, you may have assumed that R32s are highly collectible? Indeed, they are and have sold in recent years for as much as $139,000USD. The article BMW History: The First BMW Motorcycle appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Nardo Grey BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Check out Manhart’s M6 Gran Coupe in Nardo Grey with Akrapovic exhaust. ...

Check out Manhart’s M6 Gran Coupe in Nardo Grey with Akrapovic exhaust.

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Should the BMW M4 fear the Shelby GT350?

The BMW M3/M4 has been compared to hot Mustangs for quite some time now. The Mustang has always offered a similar formula as the BMW M3/M4, but with none of the finesse or precision. However, the most recent Mustang has closed the gap more than ever ...

The BMW M3/M4 has been compared to hot Mustangs for quite some time now. The Mustang has always offered a similar formula as the BMW M3/M4, but with none of the finesse or precision. However, the most recent Mustang has closed the gap more than ever between the two cars. With the latest Shelby GT350 iteration, can the Mustang finally hang with the M4? While the Mustang has always been a bit of a big brute version of the M3/M4, for considerably less money, the latest Shelby GT350 seems to be a far more sophisticated machine than any Mustang before it.

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Using a flat-plane crank V8, similar to what Ferrari uses, the GT350 makes a very healthy 526 hp, or 102 more than the current BMW M4. Paired to a six-speed manual, the GT350 can get to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, just one tenth quicker than the M4. It also runs the quarter mile in 12.1. This ‘Stang is properly quick.

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But it isn’t just straight-line speed where the GT350 excels. Ford and Shelby have gone through considerable lengths to ensure that this Pony can handle with the best sports cars in the world. Using magnetic adjustable shocks and a combination of Brembo calipers and special iron-aluminum rotors, from a small German company called SHW, the GT350 turns, handles and stops as good as anything with a blue and white roundel. According to recent drive reviews, the GT350 turns in sharply and sticks to the pavement like glue with little to no body roll. The rear end is easily controllable with the throttle and the chassis is dynamic. The engine also revs to 8,000 rpm and makes an incredible noise doing it. So the GT350 isn’t just a beefed up pony car with a supercharger and nearly road-illegal tires, like the Camaro Z/28. It’s a sophisticated racing machine for the road, that uses some of Ford’s best racing techniques, made to compete in the world market, not just for rednecks. It’s exciting and dynamic and lightweight, like the best sports cars from Europe.

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However, the suspension is quite a bit stiffer and more uncomfortable than the BMW M4’s and is more of a track car than a road car. While it puts down similar numbers to the M4 and can probably hand with it, toe-to-toe, on a race track, the BMW M4 might be the better all-around car to own. But the Shelby GT350 does have a considerably big price advantage, costing $49,995 for the standard car and $63,495 for the lighter and more hardcore GT350R. So the Shelby GT350 makes a compelling case as an alternative to the famous Bavarian, despite not being quite the all-rounder that the M4 is. Considering the price, it’s hard to make a case for the M4 over it without driving both back to back. Regardless, though, Ford is inching closer to BMW than ever before. The article Should the BMW M4 fear the Shelby GT350? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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1992 E34 BMW M5 For Sale At A Good Price

The BMW M5 has always been the reigning king of the super sedan segment. The original E28 iteration was the car that started it all and each generation since has been the benchmark of the segment. The car that succeeded the E28, the E34 M5, was a gre...

The BMW M5 has always been the reigning king of the super sedan segment. The original E28 iteration was the car that started it all and each generation since has been the benchmark of the segment. The car that succeeded the E28, the E34 M5, was a great car in its own right, but is often overlooked in the discussion of great M5s. That’s more of a testament to the caliber of the other M5s in the lineage than an indictment towards the E34. But the E34 M5 is still on of the better sports sedans to drive and can be had for considerably less money than the original E28 or the fan favorite E39.

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This particular 1992 example of the E34 M5 is a good example of the kind of car you can get for relatively little money. At $19,995, this M5 isn’t cheap but, when compared to both of its very expensive predecessor and successor, it’s actually not a bad deal. Especially considering the condition that it’s in. Being a 1992 model, this BMW M5 comes with a 3.6 liter inline six, with post-refresh models getting a more powerful 3.8 liter version. The 3.6 liter I6 packs 310 horsepower, a healthy amount considering the weight of the car and the year. While 310 horses is quite low by today’s standards, considering a BMW 340i makes more, but it’s not something to sniff at. It also comes with a five-speed manual, a wonderfully engaging thing compared to the hyperfast, but somewhat numb, DCTs of modern M5s. The I6 in this M5 also only has 91,000 miles on it, which is great considering its 23 years of age.

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This model comes with a slightly unusual silver on gray color scheme, but it seems to work well enough. It’s also the cleanest E34 M5 I think I’ve ever seen, giving its odd color scheme a bit more luster. The interior has minor spots of wear, but nothing to show 23 years of wear. The exterior is the same, not being perfect but damn good for its age. Overall, this is a very clean and very desirable car for BMW collectors. While 20 grand isn’t cheap, it’s not bad for a BMW M5 with 310 hp and a five-speed in this good of condition. For someone who’s into collecting BMWs, this car is a great buy. The article 1992 E34 BMW M5 For Sale At A Good Price appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Second place for BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler in Moscow

Bruno Spengler (CA) of BMW Team MTEK made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium after race two in Moscow (RU). After his third-place finish on Saturday, the Canadian went one better at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM on Sunday. Spengler...

Bruno Spengler (CA) of BMW Team MTEK made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium after race two in Moscow (RU). After his third-place finish on Saturday, the Canadian went one better at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM on Sunday. Spengler finished runner-up – his best result of the season. Victory in the 12th race of the DTM season went to Mike Rockenfeller (DE, Audi). BMW came close to repeating Saturday’s achievement and landing two drivers on the podium on Sunday.

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However, Maxime Martin (BE) surrendered third place to Mattias Ekström (SE, Audi) just minutes before the end of the race after a lengthy battle for the final podium spot. Last year’s winner crossed the finish line fourth in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. His team-mate at BMW Team RMG, Marco Wittmann (DE, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM), followed yesterday’s second place with a seventh place in race two at the “Moscow Raceway”.

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Augusto Farfus (BR, Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (GB, BMW M4 DTM) finished just outside the points in 11th and 12th. Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) came home 17th and 23rd. Martin Tomczyk (DE) failed to finish in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. Reactions to the 12th race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “We can be happy with our outing here in Moscow. After two podiums yesterday, Bruno Spengler finished a very impressive second today. Unfortunately he was not quite able to make it onto the very top step. Maxime Martin battled hard to finish fourth and score some good points. Marco Wittmann was our third car in the top ten, finishing seventh. This racetrack has been a happy stomping ground for us: since Moscow has been included in the race calendar, we have always finished on the podium here. After three race weekends in a row abroad, we are now looking forward to the final third of the season in Germany. Congratulations to Mike Rockenfeller and Audi.” Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 2nd): “After my third place yesterday, that was a fantastic result. Thank you very much to my team. The team was able to make even more significant improvements to the car, which allowed me to clock consistent lap times today. I am happy to have scored a lot of points in Russia, thanks to my two podium finishes. Unfortunately I was held up by Lucas Auer in the middle of the race – as were a few other drivers. Fortunately I was able to overtake him and then hang on to second place.” Facts and Figures. Circuit/length/duration: Moscow Raceway, 4.326 kilometres, 60 minutes plus 1 lap Conditions: Cloudy, 19 degrees Celsius BMW Motorsport results: #7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 2nd #36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 4th #1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 7th #18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 11th #31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – 12th #16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – 17th #13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – 23rd #77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – DNF Useful information: António Félix da Costa was handed a drive-through penalty following a collision with Antonio Giovinazzi early on in the race. Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk were the first BMW drivers to come into the pits at the end of lap 12. Maxime Martin came in one lap later and, thanks to the fine work by BMW Team RMG, pulled ahead of Jamie Green (GB, Audi). Martin Tomczyk was forced to retire his BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM on lap 19. At the end of the 35th lap, Maxime Martin lost out to Mattias Ekström in the battle for third place when the Swede moved ahead of him under braking at the end of the long home straight. This was Bruno Spengler’s fourth podium of the season, and the first time he has finished runner-up. The article Second place for BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler in Moscow appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Motorsport Juniors gain valuable experience.

It was the highlight of the season for the BMW Motorsport Juniors: the first race together at the 24 Hours of Zolder. Victor Bouveng, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman alternated with their head instructor Dirk Adorf at the wheel of the BMW M235i Ra...

It was the highlight of the season for the BMW Motorsport Juniors: the first race together at the 24 Hours of Zolder. Victor Bouveng, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman alternated with their head instructor Dirk Adorf at the wheel of the BMW M235i Racing, eventually coming home 15th overall after 710 laps. The quartet finished ninth in the BMW M235i Racing Cup class.

After Thursday’s qualifying was dominated by heavy rain, Zolder was at its best in summery conditions for the start of the race on Saturday. Bouveng lined up 24th on the grid for the first stint, which took place in ideal racing conditions. In the first third of the race, the team lost time in the garage due to an electrical fault and seriously worn brakes. After that, the number 246 BMW M235i Racing ran without any problems. The Juniors completed flawless stints and clocked consistent lap times as they made up many places. All 11 BMW M235i Racings that started the race finished in the top 20 overall. Far more important than the final result was the valuable experience that the BMW Motorsport Juniors gained at the iconic circuit in Flanders. This was the first endurance outing for all the Juniors except Bouveng, who contested the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring with the BMW M235i Racing media car and is a regular in the VLN Endurance Championship. As well as the unique challenges of a 24-hour race, the youngsters also experienced how to look after the car when driving it twice round the clock, how to act as a team, and how to share a car. The four-kilometre circuit in Zolder does not have a long straight and demands maximum concentration from the drivers. Given the traffic encountered during a 24-hour race, with cars of different speeds, this was another important test for the Juniors, and one which they passed with flying colours. The Juniors’ eventful week had started with a tyre workshop at Dunlop. The Official Partner of BMW Motorsport is the sole provider of racing tyres for the BMW M235i Racing, and offered the talented youngsters a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at its production facility in Hanau. The Juniors were particularly interested in the elaborate and precise manual work that goes into producing the racing tyres. Bouveng must wait no longer than next weekend for the next highlight of the BMW Motorsport Junior programme. He will contest the seventh round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the wheel of a BMW Z4 GT3 fielded by Walkenhorst Motorsport, who was also responsible for the Juniors’ BMW M235i Racing in Zolder. The young Swede will deputise for Jesse Krohn: the “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year 2014” is in action in the European Le Mans Series with BMW Sport Trophy Team Marc VDS. Dirk Adorf (Chief Instructor): "The Juniors experienced for themselves that you have to drive differently in a 24-hour race to a sprint race. You have to forget the racing driver’s natural instinct to drive as fast as possible, and drive as cleverly as possible instead – particularly here, where there is a lot of strain on the brakes. The brakes suffered a bit at the start of the race, but the guys then adapted their driving style and we were excellent after that. They learned a huge amount. More than at any test. The boys now know what the engineers want, and what driving style is better in the long term – and how to implement it. We forged a great team spirit. The week has brought us closer together. I am very proud of the guys for bringing the car home without a scratch on it and without incurring any penalty." Victor Bouveng: "It was a crazy race, and definitely not an easy one. I did the start and thought something is wrong with the brakes. But it turned out that I pushed a little bit too hard at first. Then Dirk went out with the car – and he was quick, but also saved the brakes. That got me thinking. After a while, we Juniors understood what to do, we got into a really good rhythm and everything was fine. I am happy with my performance. It has been a very challenging race, but it will be very helpful for my future career. We are here to learn, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to do so with a fantastic team. Thank you to BMW Motorsport and Team Walkenhorst for making this possible." Louis Delétraz: "This was not only my first 24-hour race, it was also my first touring car race. It was not easy, but very interesting – and I learned a lot. The most impressive experience was to drive in the night, my first double stint started around midnight. It was really important to have an experienced driver like Dirk in the car. You need a lot of experience in touring cars, and I could always rely on what Dirk said. I learned how to save brakes and fuel, as well as about strategy. I enjoyed working with my fellow Juniors, Team Walkenhorst and everyone from BMW – an amazing experience." Trent Hindman: "Early on in the race you never think about the finish, just about how to tackle the next few hours. But for us, as we got closer and closer to the end, it was becoming real that we managed to change the strategy to save fuel, tyres and brakes. We lost a lot of time in the beginning, but we sorted out everything in the last 12 hours. A huge thank you to everyone from Team Walkenhorst, they worked had to give us a great package. It was a pleasure to work with Dirk and the other guys from BMW Motorsport for the first time in a race environment. I took a huge amount of information. This is something, I will remember for the rest of my life. First 24 hours – I take it."

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Second place for BMW driver Spengler in Moscow.

Bruno Spengler of BMW Team MTEK made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium after race two in Moscow.    After his third-place finish on Saturday, the Canadian went one better at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM on Sunday. Spe...

Bruno Spengler of BMW Team MTEK made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium after race two in Moscow.   

After his third-place finish on Saturday, the Canadian went one better at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM on Sunday. Spengler finished runner-up – his best result of the season. Victory in the twelfth race of the DTM season went to Mike Rockenfeller (Audi). BMW came close to repeating Saturday’s achievement and landing two drivers on the podium on Sunday. However, Maxime Martin surrendered third place to Mattias Ekström (SE, Audi) just minutes before the end of the race after a lengthy battle for the final podium spot. Last year’s winner crossed the finish line fourth in the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM. His team-mate at BMW Team RMG, Marco Wittmann (Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM), followed yesterday’s second place with a seventh place in race two at the “Moscow Raceway”. Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM) finished just outside the points in eleventh and twelfth. Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) and António Félix da Costa (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) came home 17th and 23rd. Martin Tomczyk failed to finish in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. Reactions to the 12th race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “We can be happy with our outing here in Moscow. After two podiums yesterday, Bruno Spengler finished a very impressive second today. Unfortunately he was not quite able to make it onto the very top step. Maxime Martin battled hard to finish fourth and score some good points. Marco Wittmann was our third car in the top ten, finishing seventh. This racetrack has been a happy stomping ground for us: since Moscow has been included in the race calendar, we have always finished on the podium here. After three race weekends in a row abroad, we are now looking forward to the final third of the season in Germany. Congratulations to Mike Rockenfeller and Audi.” Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 2nd): “After my third place yesterday, that was a fantastic result. Thank you very much to my team. The team was able to make even more significant improvements to the car, which allowed me to clock consistent lap times today. I am happy to have scored a lot of points in Russia, thanks to my two podium finishes. Unfortunately I was held up by Lucas Auer in the middle of the race – as were a few other drivers. Fortunately I was able to overtake him and then hang on to second place.”    

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