This weekend marks the penultimate round of the 2019 DTM season, as Joel Eriksson and the rest of the field descend on the Eifel mountains to battle it out at one of the world’s most prominent motorsport venues: the Nürburgring.
Recently announced as part of BMW’s line-up in November’s FIA GT World Cup event in Macau, Eriksson arrives at the Nürburgring this weekend sitting tenth overall in the DTM standings, the BMW Team RBM youngster ready to once again take the fight to main rivals Audi.
“I enjoy racing at the Nürburgring,” says Joel Eriksson. “It’s a classic circuit that everybody knows well. We have some work to do on our side, but I’m looking forward to the weekend like always.”
After a sequence of difficult mid-season events, including three consecutive non-finishes, Eriksson returned to the points last time out at Lausitzring three weeks ago and is determined to cap off his sophomore DTM campaign in style in the remaining four races.
“It’s been a tough few races, but we’ve been working hard since Lausitzring to try and understand the situation and move closer to the front,” Joel Eriksson concludes. “Also, we know that the weather almost always plays an important role at the Nürburgring. We’ll go out there and push the limits to the maximum.”
Action this weekend takes place on the Sprint configuration of the Nürburgring. Practice is scheduled for Friday, with qualifying and the races on Saturday and Sunday.
DTM | Round 8/9
All times local (GMT+02:00)
Friday 13 September
Free Practice 1: 13.00-13.45
Free Practice 2: 16.25-16.55
Saturday 14 September
Qualifying 1: 10.50-11.10
Race 1: 13.30-14.30
Sunday 15 September
Qualifying 2: 10.25-10.45
Race 2: 13.30-14.30
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (top five)
DTM | After 14/18 races
1: René Rast (GER), Audi, 234 p.
2: Nico Müller (SUI), Audi, 214 p.
3: Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW, 167 p.
4: Philipp Eng (AUT), BMW, 140 p.
5: Mike Rockenfeller (GER), Audi, 138 p.
10: Joel Eriksson (SWE), BMW, 47 p.