BMW completes intensive test programme
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BMW completes intensive test programme

Philipp Eng and Timo Glock completed an intensive programme of testing from Wednesday to Friday at Vallelunga as BMW M Motorsport started its preparation for the 2020 DTM season.

Sunny weather made for nearly consistently good conditions over the three days. This allowed BMW M Motorsport to work through all the test points scheduled with the modified BMW M4 DTM. Different technical ideas for the coming season were evaluated in a number of short and long runs. In total, Eng and Glock completed 460 laps – that is 1,851 kilometres.

Joining them in Italy were the two newcomers to the BMW works squad for the 2020 DTM, Lucas Auer and Jonathan Aberdein. They used the test days to get to know the team and processes at BMW M Motorsport. The next test is scheduled for 16th to 18th March at Monza official ITR test, where all the BMW DTM drivers are expected.

We are very happy with the test. It was great to feel how much positive energy there is in the team, and to see how much hard work has been put in over the winter. Everyone is fully motivated – Philipp Eng commented – Out on the track, we confirmed that we have been able to implement everything we resolved to do. The car is really very easy to drive. We have taken a further step forward and I am now looking forward to the next test in Monza.

It was very nice to be back in the car after the long break. When I arrived in the paddock on the first morning, I realised that this is my 20th year in motor racing, if I deduct the karting years. And I still have butterflies in my stomach when I walk through the paddock, and look forward to getting behind the wheel of a racing car. I had a big smile on my face for the first few laps. I really enjoyed it – Timo Glock added – The car felt good and we were able to work through some of the points on our list. It was a positive test and we must now make sure we sort everything else out in Monza and continue to prepare well for the season.

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