Three questions for … Martin Tomczyk.
Martin, how would you sum up the first DTM weekend of the year?
Martin Tomczyk: “The new race format is definitely a positive thing. Not only for us drivers, but also for the spectators. It was a mixed race weekend for me personally. I had obviously hoped for more from the first race. We were not where we needed to be in qualifying. The second race had a bit of everything: dry conditions, rain, but above all a good grid position. And that paid off in the end, despite it being a difficult race. Unfortunately fourth was as good as I could hope for today. It was quite a tough race for me, but it was also great fun – as was the whole weekend.
Will it be a different story at the Lausitzring?
Tomczyk: “I hope the balance of power does not stay as it was this weekend. Hockenheim basically reaffirmed what we suspected during the winter tests. We knew that Audi would be starting the season very strongly. They showed that emphatically here. Despite this, I think we can still improve. Today’s qualifying was something of a lottery. Because of this, we cannot read too much into the results. We have a positive attitude and will take this attitude into the second round at the Lausitzring.”
Your next outing comes at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. With what expectations do you go into this classic?
Tomczyk: “It is hard to say. We obviously travel to the Eifel Mountains as one of the favourites – and our goal is certainly to win the race. This is now my third year there with BMW. In 2014 it was extremely close, but you ultimately need that little bit of luck too. I hope we do not have any fun and games with the weather and that we have consistent conditions. Under these circumstances, I think we have a very good chance of challenging at the very front of the field.”