Team RBM’s Maxime Martin has had a good run of form over the last three races in this season’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters campaign, which has put him within touching distance of current points leader Mattias Ekström and Mercedes BWT driver Lucas Auer, with the trio being separated by 11 points.
With the next two races being held at Moscow Raceway this weekend, the Belgian took his first DTM career win during an impressive rookie season back in 2014, and is looking ahead to competing for the top step of the podium.
“I have reached the podium three times in a row now, including the win in the Sunday race at the Norisring,” said the 31-year-old, who took a commanding victory along the banks of the Dutzendteich almost three weeks ago.
Martin’s sentiments towards the 3.931-km circuit are that of fond memories, and feels that a clear rhythm in his performances will help towards a competitive outing in Russia, but knows it will not be easy.
“I’m really looking forward to the weekend and I hope that we can continue our form from Budapest and the Norisring. It won’t be easy.
“The Norisring is a special circuit, so it is difficult to get a real idea of the overall performance of the car or draw any conclusions from it. However, I am looking forward to Moscow and I will aim to compete for the top spot.”
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt is also hopeful of the Munich manufacturer having a further turn of form at Moscow this weekend, will help towards their hunt for this year’s constructors’ championship, as BMW are third in the standings on 248 points.
“The Moscow Raceway has also been a happy hunting ground for us in the past. However, it’s a new ball game once again so we must not lose our concentration and we have to keep on working hard,” admitted Marquardt,
So far, BMW has secured two race wins, three pole positions and eight podiums out of the eight races contested, but Marquardt also is happy with the fact that the season has been even more unpredictable, increasing the spectacle for everyone.
“That is why it is difficult to make a prediction for the Moscow weekend. At the Moscow Raceway, we will do our utmost to continue the upward trend seen in Budapest and Nürnberg.”