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At the Hungaroring, Marco Wittmann scored his second DTM race win of the 2014 season. With his BMW M4 DTM, the 24-year old crossed the finish line while in the lead after 1.08:35.291 hours. He had a margin of 6.615 seconds over Miguel Molna, who finished second with his Audi RS 5 DTM. In the entertaining final third of the race, Bruno Spengler (BMW) worked his way up with an exciting and spirited drive to finish third. In eleventh place, Robert Wickens was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver.

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Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG, 1st): “I am proud to have followed pole position with a win on the return of the DTM to the Hungaroring. The key was winning the start. After that I was able to open up a lead and pull clear of the DRS window. The pit stop was also flawless. The guys at BMW Team RMG did a fantastic job. After that, I just had to remain focussed and avoid making any mistakes. On the primes I was able to maintain my lead over the second-placed car – and then to cross the finish line as the winner. That is a fantastic feeling.”

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Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer, 13th): “It was a difficult day. My car just did not have the performance. I was far too slow on both the option and prime tyres, and had no chance. You cannot fight with blunt weapons in such a fiercely-competitive series as the DTM.”

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Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM), 10th place “Tenth place is a disappointment. The whole weekend was disappointing. I wanted to drive a different set-up here. That didn’t work out. It doesn’t suit my style of driving. We learned our lesson from this. We’re going to look ahead now and pursue the approach we used in the first races and last year.”

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Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK, 19th): “It was a disappointing race for me and the team. Unfortunately, after the pit stop, we lost our race behind Edoardo Mortara, who hit me twice and overtook me once by pushing me off the track. He had to give that position back to me. Then he immediately tried it again. I got my braking slightly wrong in turn two, he came down the inside, drove into the side of my car and forced me off the track. I ended up sat behind him, but could not get past. When everyone on the option tyres caught us up, all the Audis passed us with quite a lot of contact. I fought back, but it all went wrong on the final lap. I am pleased for Marco Wittmann, who claimed his second win. Bruno Spengler also fought back strongly to finish on the podium, so all in all it was a good result for BMW.”

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Daniel Juncadella (23, Spain, Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): “That was a lonely race for me. I tried to get the best out of the car, but we still have a lot of problems that prevented us from achieving a better result. To be honest, there’s not a deal left to say. We mustn’t lose heart, continue to work hard and hopefully improve at the Norisring.”

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António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK, 8th): “My car was really, really hard to drive in the first stint on the option tyres and I was just trying to lose as little time as I could. Then after the pit stop my car was actually quite good on prime tyres, but we were in a fight with Mortara. He was given a penalty and cost us time. Then, in the last corner of the final lap, Jamie Greeen just pushed me completely off the track. Despite this, I am happy with the points.”

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Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer, 3rd): “It is an awesome feeling to finally be back on the podium. It was great fun ploughing through the field on the option tyres today. The tyres were consistently good, meaning I was able to push hard even at the end of the race, and was able to make up positions on a circuit on which it is difficult to overtake. I gained a lot of places at the start. After the misfortune we suffered in Oschersleben, everything worked perfectly this time. I am particularly pleased for BMW Team Schnitzer. We have been rewarded for our hard work. The guys did a great job.”

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Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM), 2nd place “Obviously, this second place feels very good now, following the first two races. We all deserve this result. We’re well sorted, are on a high level and are going to battle hard for victory in the next races too.”

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Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM, 15th): “It stemmed from a bad start, when I had massive wheelspin. I am not sure why, we shall have to look at it, but the start boxes were pretty dirty from the previous races. The car took a good deal of damage at the start from a hit on the right front. We had some suspension damage, and we definitely had some aero bits knocked off. The pace we had on options was very surprising, with the damage affecting the prime tyre more than the options.”

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Christian Vietoris (25, Germany, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): “That was a tough weekend for me. My car was damaged on the first lap and my race was over after that. In the end, the problem got so bad that I could no longer continue and had to retire. The Norisring is a track that actually suits Mercedes quite well. With that thought in mind, I hope that we can be back in the points there.”

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Gary Paffett (33, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): “I got away really well off the line and moved several places up the field, but then I took a hard knock in the second turn. My car’s rear end was totalled, ending my race. I hope to have a better weekend at the Norisring.”

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Photos by Steve Sziklai

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