Round six of the DTM season takes the popular touring car championship out of continental Europe and onto the British islands: it’s time to set camp at Brands Hatch. Sweden’s Joel Eriksson arrives with fresh determination to score another strong result to back up his two podiums so far, ready to take on one of the fastest and most daunting circuits of the year aboard his BMW M4 DTM.
Brands Hatch – and particularly its famous 3.9 km “GP” loop – sits among the most esteemed venues in motorsport. Characterised by a series of seriously fast corners – often hidden behind blind crests negotiated at well over 200 km/h – and an undulating nature, the Kent track is a firm favourite with fans and drivers alike.
Having endured a difficult weekend last time out at Assen, stymied by technical issues, Joel Eriksson is eager to bounce back in the UK, tackling Brands Hatch for the second time of his career after completing last year’s races in 14th and 13th place respectively.
“Brands Hatch is a fun, but difficult, track,” says Joel Eriksson. “I drove there for the first time last year and it was not an easy place to learn. It’s such a fast and tricky lap, with no run-off, and you know that a mistake at those speeds will cause quite a bad crash. I think that’s exciting, though. I definitely expect a better result this year. It should make a difference coming back for a second time and I’m really looking forward to putting the 600-bhp BMW M4 DTM through its paces this weekend. The track makes for a great driving sensation.”
Like last year, the British DTM round will again sport a more compact event schedule than what is normally the case, with all of the action condensed to just two days instead of three. This means that free practice will take place on Saturday morning rather than Friday afternoon. The schedule otherwise follows the traditional pattern with two sets of qualifying and race doubles on Saturday and Sunday.
DTM | Round 6/9
Brands Hatch GP (Great Britain)
All times local (GMT+01:00)
Saturday 10 August
Free Practice: 09.00-09.45
Qualifying 1: 10.50-11.10
Race 1: 13.30-14.30
Sunday 11 August
Race 2: 13.30-14.30
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (top five)
DTM | After 10/18 races
1: René Rast (GER), Audi, 158 p.
2: Nico Müller (SUI), Audi, 136 p.
3: Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW, 118 p.
4: Philipp Eng (AUT), BMW, 111 p.
5: Mike Rockenfeller (GER), Audi, 94 p.
10: Joel Eriksson (SWE), BMW, 43 p.