Learning a new car, new tracks and a brand new series, is never easy, and yet American driver Joey Hand finished ninth in Spielberg, Austria to score his first DTM points. Driving his Samsung BMW M3 DTM in only the fourth race of the season, Hand is making good progress.
Meanwhile, BMW achieved its fourth podium since its return to the high-profile DTM series this year when Martin Tomczyk crossing the finish line in second place. Driving for BMW Team RMG, this was the team’s first visit to the podium, while Tomczyk’s team-mate Augusto Farfus from Brazil in the Castrol Edge BMW M3 DTM added another point to his tally by finishing in tenth.
Tomczyk took the flag only one second behind Audi driver Edoardo Mortara, who achieved his first DTM win.
However, the remaining BMW Motorsport drivers left Austria with disappointment when both Andy Priaulx (Crowne Plaza Hotels M3) and Dirk Werner (E-Postbrief M3) were involved in incidents at the start of the race. Bruno Spengler (BMW Bank M3) was also hit by a rival on the opening lap but was able to continue.
However, the driver for BMW Team Schnitzer was ultimately forced to retire while running 11th following continued contact with other drivers.
Tomczyk’s second place sees him climb to fifth in the drivers’ standings on 36 points. Spengler remains on 43 points in fourth.
The next DTM race is at the Lausitzring on June 29-31, 2012.