The highlight of a busy week for BMW in Europe was the first 2020 win for the M4 DTM.
Lucas Auer in car #22 made a penultimate-lap pass on Timo Glock in another M4 DTM for the win in Sunday’s DTM race on the Lausitzring. Both drivers benefited from early pit stops; they dominated late-race action, finishing first and second. It was the first time that BMW had beaten Audi in DTM competition since Marco Wittmann had won at Brands Hatch in August 2019. Three additional BMW racers scored points on Sunday; Jonathan Aberdein was seventh, Marco Wittmann was ninth, and Sheldon van der Linde was tenth. In Saturday’s race, Glock finished fourth, Wittmann finished fifth, Philipp Eng finished eighth, and van der Linde finished ninth in a race won by Audi’s René Rast. DTM runs next at Assen in the Netherlands on September 4–6.
In British Touring car competition, the best finish for the West Surrey Racing 330i M Sport in the August 23 Oulton Park event came in race three, where Colin Turkington was second and Tom Oliphant was third in a race won by Mercedes’ Adam Morgan. Turkington was fourth and Oliphant was twelfth in race one, won by Rory Butcher in a Ford Focus, and Turkington was third and Oliphant was sixth in race two, won by Ash Sutton in an Infiniti. Turkington held onto his lead in drivers’ points after Oulton Park. The series runs next at Knockhill in Scotland on August 29–30.—Brian Morgan
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