«I love the Nürburgring!» Maxime Martin has confirmed his close relationship with the Nürburgring by taking a second DTM win. The result of a perfect day, which...
«I was very unlucky» Maxime Martin particularly unfortunate during the DTM-raceweekend in Oschersleben. On a track where it is difficult to overtake, the representative of...
«Back to the front on Sunday» Mixed emotions for Maxime Martin this weekend in Moscow. After a miserable Saturday - Martin had to start from the back and finished last but one...
«A difficult weekend» Retirement in the first race, tenth position in the second: Maxime Martin did not get the results he hoped for this weekend at the Norisring. The...
Podium, then a difficult race Mixed feelings for Maxime Martin after the Dutch weekend of the 2015 DTM. The representative of the RACB National Team conquered a very nice third...
red bull ring 01/08/15
«Thinking of Moscow» The Austrian DTM-meeting was not a success for Maxime Martin, or for the BMW drivers. With a 14th and 20th place in the two races at the Red Bull Ring,...
“More competitive than last year” Two good qualifying sessions, with 11th and 8th places on the grids, six points on Saturday and the satisfaction of being the first...
Overall conclusion is positive In his first season in DTM Maxime Martin took 7th position in the final rankings, as 3rd of the BMW drivers. The representative of the RACB...
A nice comeback and the title of Rookie of the Year as an added bonus Maxime Martin crossed the line in sixth at Zandvoort, after having started the race in 16th. An impressive...
"Mixed feelings" At the Lausitzring, Maxime Martin did not conquer the result he was hoping for. The representative of the RACB National Team set the 16th time in...
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DTM - Nürburgring 26 & 27 /09/15
I love the Nürburgring!
«I love the Nürburgring!»
Maxime Martin has confirmed his close relationship with the Nürburgring by taking a second DTM win. The result of a perfect day, which unfortunately could not be repeated on Sunday: then the BMW-driver of the RACB National Team had to be happy with 13th.
Martin likes the Nürburgring, that's for sure. On Saturday he took second in qualifying and from that position on the front row he stormed to the win. His first of the season, the second in his career after winning in Moscow last year.
"I had a good start", the driver of the RACB National Team says. "The key moment came in the first corner, when I was able to take the lead." Even though there was a contact with polesitter Wehrlein. "Some laps into the race, the race was redflagged. The second start gave me no problems and I could hang on to the lead. Afterwards I managed to create a gap, especially since the drivers behind me were fighting amongst each other. Nobody could really threaten my position. I am very happy to get this result for BMW, especially since the second M4 at the finish was only in 7th."
On Sunday Martin had to sing a different song: he qualified in 16th and finished in 13th.
"Once again we were confronted with a problem that has existed since the start of the season: the inconsistency of the tires", Martin explains. "My first set was perfect and I set a fourth time. But the second had a complete lack of grip and I had to struggle with a car of which the set-up of the day before had not changed one bit! I could not get higher than 16th and finished in 13th."
Two races remain for Maxime Martin, during the DTM Season Finale in Hockenheim, on October 16-18.
DTM - Oschersleben 12 & 13 /09/15
I was very unlucky
«I was very unlucky»
Maxime Martin particularly unfortunate during the DTM-raceweekend in Oschersleben. On a track where it is difficult to overtake, the representative of the RACB National Team was harshly penalised by his lesser performances during qualifying.
"I don't think I will keep good memories from Oschersleben", Martin said after the Oschersleben races. "I am pretty disappointed about my performances, especially since some BMW-drivers managed to perform well during the two races."
The high level of the competition made it imperative for the drivers to get a perfect lap during qualifying. On Saturday, for the first race, that did not work well for Martin. "I have to admit that I made a small mistake in my fast lap. That cost me some three tenths and dropped me to 12th on the grid. In the race I hit the back of a car in the first corner, breaking the splitter of my M4. The car was a lot less efficient after that and I finished in 11th, just outside of the points."
And on Sunday, during the second of the qualifying session, Martin had it tough as well. "I was in a quick lap and about to improve my lap time by at least two tenths of a second, when I was confronted with a yellow flag. Because these qualifying tyres are at their peak for only two laps, I was unable to improve after that and had to start from 15th."
This time the Belgian did have a good start and quickly he was in 9th. Unfortunately, bad luck struck again.
"During the pitstop one of the wheel guns jammed. When I got back on the circuit, I got stuck in traffic. But even then, I managed to overtake some cars, which is not bad on this track, to eventually finish in 9th."
DTM - Moscow 29 & 30 /08/15
Back to the front on Sunday
«Back to the front on Sunday»
Mixed emotions for Maxime Martin this weekend in Moscow. After a miserable Saturday - Martin had to start from the back and finished last but one - the representative of the RACB National Team in the DTM managed to get his BMW third on the grid of Sunday's race. He came very close to claim a podium finish in Moscow as well.
Maxime Martin did not expect to repeat his choice performance of last year, when he took his maiden win in Moscow. But the performances of Saturday came as bit of a blow. "It was a very tough day", the driver of the RACB National Team confirms. "The best I could do in qualifying was a 16th place. In the race I managed to get a good start, but then I had to take evasive action to avoid cars involved in an incident. I even had to take to the grass to get passed two spinning cars. That's what you get when you start from the back... The consequences were that I was dead last and that I crossed the line in 18th and penultimate position."
But Martin managed to get all those troubles out of his head on Sunday. "There was a definite improvement, yes", the Belgian states, both relieved and surprised. "I set the 4th time in qualifying and could even start from third, after Ekström was penalised with three places on the grid."
In the race the #36 BMW confirmed that excellent form. "I again had a good getaway, even though Spengler was a bit in my way and I had to take to the grass again. I dropped to fourth, but due to an excellent strategy of my team, I climbed back to third, a position which I occupied for most of the race. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind a driver who had not yet taken his mandatory pitstop and I lost the advantage of DRS. Three laps from the end there was nothing I could do to hold off Ekström. However, when Green launched a suicide attack, I managed to keep him behind me. That way I finished fourth, as second of the BMW drivers."
The twelve points gained makes Martin the third of the BMW drivers in the standings, in which he is twelfth overall. But do not ask the reason behind the difference in performance between Saturday and Sunday. " I have no idea what caused that", the Belgian says. "I really have no explanation. Obviously we will look into it."
DTM - Red Bull Ring 01 & 02 /09/15
Thinking of Moscow
«Thinking of Moscow»
The Austrian DTM-meeting was not a success for Maxime Martin, or for the BMW drivers. With a 14th and 20th place in the two races at the Red Bull Ring, the representative of the RACB National Team prefers to look forward, at the next race in Moscow, a race in which he excelled last year.
The Red Bull Ring will not be part of Maxime Martin’s unforgettable memories of the 2015 season.
“No two seasons are alike”, the Belgian stated. “This was a difficult weekend. For race 1 I qualified in 19th. Not much hope for a good result left from that position, but I still managed to cross the line in 14th.”
For Sunday’s race the Belgian started from 15th.
“I was second of the BMW drivers on the grid”, the representative of the RACB National Team explains. “Only 50 hundredths of second behind the fastest driver of the brand. It was raining hard in both qualifying and the race. Difficult conditions therefore and after a couple of small mistakes I finished in 20th. Not the best of weekends, in short.”
But Maxime Martin is already looking forward.
“I am eager to drive in Moscow at the end of August, for the next round of the DTM. I hold some excellent memories from that track, on which I conquered my first pole position and first win in this high level championship. Since our cars will be 10 kg. lighter for that meeting, we should be more competitive and will be aiming for a good result.”
DTM - Zandvoort 11 & 12 /08/15
Podium, then a difficult race
Podium, then a difficult race
Mixed feelings for Maxime Martin after the Dutch weekend of the 2015 DTM. The representative of the RACB National Team conquered a very nice third place on Saturday, but finished way down the order on Sunday, after being hit several times by other cars.
"During the Saturday all went according to plan", the Belgian states. "I managed to put the car fourth on the grid and after a more than decent I quickly took third position in the race. I consolidated that position, and lapped in the same times as Da Costa. That gave me my first podium finish of the season. The BMW's had a great collective result, with an M4 on the first seven places. After a couple of difficult meetings it is very nice to see that we can reap the rewards of the hard work of the recent weeks."
The Sunday race was a far less positive experience for Maxime Martin.
"I made a couple of mistakes during qualifying, which explains my 11th position on the grid", Martin explains. "I had a good start, but was hit by no less than four other cars. One of those moves pushed me wide and into the gravel trap. I joined in last position, with a damaged car. The only reason why I finished 17th is because other drivers retired from the race."
But even though the second race was not so enjoyable as the first one, Martin remains positive.
"What happened on Sunday is part of racing. The most important thing is to see that we are competitive again. This championship is far from over!"
DTM - Norisring (27/06/15)
A difficult weekend
«A difficult weekend»
Retirement in the first race, tenth position in the second: Maxime Martin did not get the results he hoped for this weekend at the Norisring. The representative of the RACB National Team hopes to erase these disappointing results during the next meeting in Zandvoort, in two weeks’ time.
The third round of the 2015 DTM, in the heart of Nuremberg, met all expectations. As is the case every year, thousands of spectators filled the grandstands along the 2300m long Norisring.
“I don’t have the exact figures, but I know the place was completely sold out”, Maxime Martin explains. “It is very pleasant to drive in front of packed grandstands.” “But on a track that is covered in fifty-something seconds during qualifying, differences are obviously very small”, the Belgian representative in the DTM continues. “Since we suffered from brake problems all weekend long, our performances suffered as well.”
During qualifying for the first race, the Belgian set a 14th time. In the race he had to retire in the second lap.
“After a contact with Edoardo Mortara a pushrod broke and retirement was inevitable”, Martin explains.
For the second race on Sunday, Maxime Martin set the 9th qualifying time and crossed the finish line in tenth.
“It was a difficult weekend, the brake problems were a real setback. The rear wheels often blocked when braking. I still managed to score a point however and on Sunday I was second of the BMW drivers, both in qualifying and in the race. I am however already looking forward to the next meeting in Zandvoort, in two weeks’ time.”
DTM - Hockenheim (02/05/15)
More competitive than last year
“More competitive than last year”
Two good qualifying sessions, with 11th and 8th places on the grids, six points on Saturday and the satisfaction of being the first BMW-driver and a good comeback on Sunday, from 20th to 14th, after incurring a penalty: Maxime Martin left Hockenheim as a satisfied man.
The first race of the 2015 DTM season, a 40-minute race on Saturday, comforted BMW-driver Maxime Martin at the start of his second season: there is again a lot of potential. “I had a great start from 11th, immediately gaining a couple of positions”, the representative of the RACB National Team states. “It was a very intense race, with two safety car interventions. Not only am I very happy to finish in 7th, but I am also the first BMW-driver to cross the line in this first race of the season.”
For the Sunday 60-minute race Maxime qualified in 8th. The race started on a dry track, but one third into the raindrops came down. And that caused some problems for the RACB National Team representative in the prestigious German touring car championship.
“I had to take a drive-through after the stewards considered my leaving the pitlane after the tyre change an unsafe release”, Maxime explains. “With my BMW M4 DTM I had a small contact in the opening lap, which cost me some places. I had already regained a couple of positions, but after serving my penalty I dropped to the 20th place. I managed to finish in 14th however. It’s a pity though, because it was certainly possible to finish between 5th and 8th and take some important points.
Martin still had a positive weekend. “In comparison with the other BMW drivers I am a lot more competitive than last year, especially in Hockenheim where I only managed a 14th and 15th spot on the starting grid. This weekend was an improvement on that, even though the BMW was not at the best of its form in comparison with the competition and on a track that normally should suit us. So I am pretty happy with my performance, but on the whole we were a bit down on the competition this weekend. I think we still have some work to do.”
After this first meeting, Maxime Martin is 11th in the standings, with a total of six points. The next race is scheduled on the 29th May at the Lausitzring.
DTM - Hockenheim (19/10/14)
Overall conclusion is positive
Overall conclusion is positive
In his first season in DTM Maxime Martin took 7th position in the final rankings, as 3rd of the BMW drivers. The representative of the RACB National Team was hoping to end his season with a good result – this Sunday saw the first retirement of the season for the Belgian – but he can still draw a positive overall conclusion.
Sunshine and tens of thousands of spectators: the tenth and final round of the 2014 season of the DTM ended with fireworks in Hockenheim, on the same track that held the season opener back in May.
Maxime Martin, the Belgian representative in this high level championship, did not have the final he had hoped for.
“Even during practice it was clear that it would be more difficult than anticipated”, the Belgian said. “My 15th spot in qualifying was disappointing, obviously. But the differences between the fastest time and the middle of the pack were small. My time in Q2 was only 348 thousands of a second slower than the time of the pole position. Just to show that the level here is very high.”
In the race the representative of the RACB National Team was not lucky either.
“I had a good start, and could pass my team-mate in the first couple of metres. Unfortunately I was harpooned off the track by another BMW driver only seconds later. My car was heavily damaged, but the team insisted that I would continue to race. The car was completely out of balance though, so I could not set any competitive laptimes. I even suffered a puncture as a late consequence of the contact, well after I changed my tyres. That second pitstop completely ruined my chances of scoring any points.”
Disappointing, but on the whole season Maxime Martin can still draw a positive conclusion:
“Of course it is annoying to end the season with a retirement. But overall I think that this first season in DTM went really well. 1 pole position, 1 win, Rookie of the Year, 7th in the overall rankings, 3rd of the eight BMW-drivers. That is nothing to be ashamed of!”
DTM - Zandvoort (28/09/14)
A nice comeback and the title of Rookie of the Year as an added bonus
A nice comeback and the title of Rookie of the Year as an added bonus
Maxime Martin crossed the line in sixth at Zandvoort, after having started the race in 16th. An impressive come-back, which also gave him the honorary title of Rookie of the Year. The representative of the RACB National Team has now an insurmountable advantage over the three other rookies of 2014.
Martin did not have the best of starts at the Zandvoort meeting though. During the qualifying session of Saturday the fuel pump of his BMW Z4 did not work properly, which meant that the Belgian was unable to use the power of his car to the fullest. "I could only set the 17th qualifying time”, Martin explains. Because of a penalty for another competitor, the Belgian could occupy the 16th spot on the starting grid. All was in place for a nice come back…"
“I took the start on the harder compound, but I got stuck in traffic for a while”, the young man from Brussels explains. “But it turned out to be a very hectic race, with a lot of contact between the cars. There were four safety car interventions. Because I could take on the softer tyres for the final phase of the race, I was able to overtake the other cars one by one. At a certain point I was 18th, but I still managed to cross the line in 6th.” Which gave Maxime Martin eight more championship points, putting him in sixth, with one more round to go. It meant that the driver of the RACB National Team is now certain of the title of Rookie of the Year 2014.
“It is only an honorary title, but I am pretty proud to have taken it”, the Belgian smiles.
“You can only become Rookie of the Year in one season. Nico Müller, Antonio Felix da Costa and Vitaly Petrov were the other Rookies this year, but I have enough of an advantage now to be sure of the title. I am also very happy to follow in the footsteps of Marco Wittmann, Rookie of the Year in 2013.”
With Wittmann finishing 2nd this weekend, and Martin 6th, Team RMG scored another 26 championship points, enough to conquer the teams’ title, only a couple of weeks after getting the drivers’ title as well.
DTM - Lausitzring (14/09/14)
At the Lausitzring, Maxime Martin did not conquer the result he was hoping for. The representative of the RACB National Team set the 16th time in qualifying and ended the race in 14th. Martin’s fastest lap was not only the sixth fastest lap in the race, but also the best by a BMW driver. It shows that the Belgian continues to make progress the DTM.
The eighth round of the DTM was marred by thick fog on Saturday. That caused slight alterations to the timing of the meeting.
“Free practice was shortened and now only lasted fifteen minutes”, Maxime Martin states. “The track was wet, but drying. That made the conditions even more difficult, because it was impossible to find one’s marks.”
The qualifying session had an identical scenario. “There was only one dry line. We also went into the wrong direction for the set-up of the car. In short, I only managed a 16th time.”
After a penalty for one of his colleagues, the Belgian could start the race in 15th.
“I had a good start and was quickly inside the top-10. Unfortunately, I was then hit by Paul Di Resta and the contact spun me round. I was back in 15th after that. At that moment my rain tyres – everybody started the race on wets – were beginning to suffer on the drying track.”
And as if that was not enough, the Belgian also got a drive-through penalty.
“Apparently I went to quick under yellow flags. Obviously I lost another couple of places because of that penalty. Fortunately, once I shod the option tyres things started to improve. It took a couple of laps to get my marks, but after that I managed to drive freely. That allowed me to set the sixth fastest lap of the race, the best lap time of any of the BMW drivers.”
After the race Maxime congratulated his team-mate Marco Wittmann, who became the new DTM Champion for 2014.
“Marco had a great season and thoroughly deserves this crown. Personally, I am disappointed with my result, but my lap times bring some consolation.”
DTM - Nürburgring (17/08/14)
Best of the rest
"Best of the rest"
Twelfth on the grid, seventh at the finish: Maxime Martin was the second best BMW-driver, Sunday afternoon at the Nürburgring. His teammate Marco Wittmann was the only one to do better: he won the race.
Maxime Martin had a premonition when he travelled to the Nürburgring: the mixed weather conditions would be complicating matters. Saturday already, during qualifying, the Weather Gods proved him right.
"I know that circuit so well, but there is still a lot for me to learn in DTM, I noticed," the Belgian declared after qualifying. “In the BMW-squad only Marco Wittmann managed to put in a perfect lap. It was quite tricky in the beginning of qualifying as the track was wet, whereas towards the end the circuit was perfectly dry. It goes without saying that I had hoped for more than twelfth on the grid, but that was compensated by the fact that I was the second fastest BMW-driver on the grid.”
On Sunday Maxime Martin would confirm his role as 'Best of the rest'. "Not a spot of rain for the race, so I started on soft tires, the so-called 'options'. After a good start I was able to progress into sixth place. After my pit stop I continued on the hard compound, the so-called 'primes'. It did not exactly improve the car's handling, but still I managed to grab seventh place, the second best BMW in the race. The points that come with seventh keep me holding on to seventh in the championship, whereas Wittmann's victory strengthens our first place in the teams' and constructors' championships.”
DTM - Spielberg (03/08/14)
A satisfying experience after all
"A satisfying experience after all"
8th in qualifying, 14th in the race, Maxime Martin leaves Spielberg with mixed emotions. But the representative of the RACB National Team in the DTM is happy he can leave Austria in the knowledge of having gathered a lot more experience.
The fastest during the first free practice session gave the impression that Maxime Martin and his BMW M4 of the RMG team would set another excellent performance in Spielberg. Alas, that was not to be.
“I was eighth on the grid”, the Belgian explains. “I could have done better in Q3, the deciding part of qualifying, but not everything went according to plan.”
The race would follow an identical scenario. “I had not the best of starts and lost a couple of positions. I was stuck in traffic, on a track where overtaking is at a premium. All BMW-drivers in front of me had the soft tires on their cars, I had the hard ones. And if that was not enough, I was also accorded a drive-through penalty – together with six other drivers – for going to fast under yellows. So I dropped back to 21st position, and after some attacking during the final phase of the race I finished in 14th.”
Still, Maxime Martin saw some positives in the Austrian weekend. “It wasn’t the best of weekends, but I acquired a lot of experience. I am very happy that I managed to finish my sixth consecutive race.”
DTM - Moscow Raceway (13/07/14)
Maxime Martin takes historic win
Maxime Martin takes historic win
A splendid performance by Maxime Martin was rewarded by a historic rendering of the Belgian national anthem, this Sunday afternoon at the Moscow Raceway. The representative of the RACB National Team not only claimed pole on Saturday, but also took a convincing win, the first for a Belgian, in the prestigious DTM championship.
Even before he left for Moscow, Martin had said: “I am quite happy that we will use the long version of the Moscow Raceway this year. This configuration is new to everybody, so we can all start on an equal footing.” At the wheel of a very performant BMW Martin realized his wildest dreams. Pole position and victory, after a race he dominated from start to finish. Afterwards, Martin was showered with rave reviews.
“Free practice went well, qualifying was fantastic”, a smiling Martin had stated on Saturday. “To be able to start from pole in what is only my fifth race in the DTM is quite impressive. I feel great. I do realize however that the race will be a different kettle of tea. I now want to prove that I am able to race with the frontrunners.”
Mission accomplished. And how! After a perfect start the representative of the RACB National Team consistently increased his lead. Martin had an eleven second lead when the safety car came out, just before halfway through the race. The leader showed perfect timing by entering the pitlane to change the tires on his BMW. Ten laps later, at the restart, Martin increased the gap to the competition and eventually crossed the line with 4,2 seconds in hand. It allowed him to add his name to the DTM roll of honour and write some Belgian racing history.
“Of course I am happy”, Martin stammered after the champagne shower. “And very surprised as well! I never had any ambitions in single seaters, my big dream has always been DTM. I can’t believe what is happening to me, here in Moscow. I think it will take some time before I fully realize what went down here. To take pole and the win in only my fifth race in the DTM, my first at this track, that is simply tremendous. I have to thank my team, RMG, and the people at BMW. My car was fantastic today.”
DTM - Hungaroring (01/06/14)
First eight points of the championship
"First eight points of the championship"
In what was only his third race in the DTM, Maxime Martin produced a magnificent performance. 4th in qualifying, the representative of the RACB National Team crossed the line in 6th, at the wheel of his Team RMG BMW.
When he left for Hungary, Maxime Martin pledged he would try to be more competitive during the qualifying session. Which he did. In Q1 he set the 2nd time, in Q2 and Q3 the 4th. “Obviously I am very happy with these results”, the young Belgian explains. “It shows that I am more at ease at the wheel of my BMW, and that I can exploit the car more.”
There was no cloud in the sky over the Hungaroring, which meant the race would be dry from start to finish. Martin chose to start on the Prime-tyres, the harder of the two compounds. “That meant that the drivers that had started on the Options (the softer compound, ed.) could pass in the opening laps, and I dropped back to 12th. But when I switched to the soft tyres, I was quickly part of the leading group.”
The representative of the RACB National Team thinks he could have done better than 6th. “True, I lost some time at the pitstop… 4th place was certainly a possibility. But I won’t let that spoil my pleasure. I conquered my first eight points in the prestigious DTM-championship, which means that I am the best rookie of the season for now.”
DTM - Hungaroring (01/06/14)
My goal? To do better in Q2
"My goal? To do better in Q2"
After two meetings in Germany, DTM takes its first excursion over the border. At the Hungaroring near Budapest the representative of the RACB National Team wishes to put into practice all he has learned during the previous race at the wheel of his BMW M4 of Team RMG.
DTM does not only visit German tracks. More than once, the championship travels to other countries, other continents sometimes. The third round of the season is not taking place at the other side of the planet, but in Hungary, at the Hungaroring. It is the first in 26 years that DTM will race on the track near Budapest. “The circuit is not unknown to me”, Maxime Martin explains. “We visited the track during the pre-season testing days. I had two days of testing, trying to find the right set-up for my BMW M4.”
A good context then, especially since the young Belgian left Oschersleben with the feeling he had made progress. “During the race I was getting better all the time. During the last meeting I had my first laps in the rain as well. Those conditions allowed me to get to grips with the behaviour of my M4 even more. But I am very well aware that I still have a lot to learn. Especially during qualifying. For the first two races I could get through after Q1, but in Q2 I was less performant. This weekend I will try and improve in that phase of qualifying.”
The Qualifying Session is of a particular importance here. “The Hungaroring is known as a track where it’s hard to overtake. A good grid position is of crucial importance here, because in the race you can only gain places through incidents or strategy. Reason enough then to be performant during qualifying on Saturday.”
DTM - Oschersleben (18/05/14)
Good lap times in the rain
"Good lap times in the rain"
13th on the grid, 14th at the finish… Numbers that do not really reflect the performances of Maxime Martin at Oschersleben. During his second race in the DTM the representative of the RACB National Team quite often matched the pace of the leaders at the wheel of his RMG BMW M4.
The learning process of Maxime Martin in the DTM continues. Especially during qualifying…
“In Q1 I set the 10th time, as 3rd of the BMW drivers. In Q2 I could only get up to 14th however”, the Belgian admits. “I was only able to improve my lap time by a tenth of a second, while the competition managed to go four to five tenths quicker. I also got stuck in traffic.”
As one of his competitors was stripped of his times, Maxime Martin could take the 13th spot on the starting grid.
“The Oschersleben track remained dry for the first five laps, but then it started to rain. During the first few laps the drivers who had the softer tyres on their cars could pass me, but then I managed to improve my position lap after lap. From 16th, my position at the start of the race, I climbed to sixth. Unfortunately the three safety car interventions ruined my race. It’s very frustrating to finish in 14th, especially when you were almost in the top-5. But overall it has been a positive weekend: I set some good lap times during the race, especially in the rain and I have the feeling that I have made good progress at the wheel of my BMW M4. I am already looking forward to our next race, at the beginning of June at the Hungaroring.”
DTM - Hockenheim (04/05/14)
On the whole a positive result
"On the whole a positive result"
Maxime Martin finished in 20th in the first round of the DTM in Hockenheim. At the wheel of the BMW M4 of the RMG Team the representative of the RACB National Team set some impressive lap times, but he was also confronted with a couple of set-backs.
Before the start of the season Maxime Martin had repeatedly insisted that he had a lot to learn in the highly regarded DTM. During qualifying, that learning process went rather well. “Before the start of the first qualifying session, I had no idea whatsoever on what would possible”, the Belgian states. “But my third time in Q1 was quite reassuring. In Q2 I made some small mistakes, which made me drop to 14th, only a couple of tenths short of Q3.”
In the race Martin took a good start, but was quickly held up. “Early in the race I got stuck behind the Mercedes of Gary Paffett, which was clearly slower than me.” Still, Martin took his biggest hit in the pitlane. “A wheel of my BMW wasn’t fitted properly, and it flew off when I left my box. The car had to be pushed back, while the mechanics had to recover the fourth wheel. In short, I lost a lap in the incident.”
The representative of the RACB National Team did not lose his motivation however. “I pushed very hard during the final couple of minutes of the race and my lap times were comparable to those set by the leading BMW’s. A proof that I’ve got the speed. All I need now is the necessary experience, which will certainly come in the course of the season. Even though I only finished in 20th position, this has been a pretty positive first weekend. And it is even better that my BMW Team RMG-teammate Marco Wittmann has won the race.”
The next round will be held in Oschersleben, on May 18th.