DTM  Details of BMW pitstops

DTM Details of BMW pitstops

10.08.2018: Key Facts: Team/car: BMW Team RBM / BMW M4 DTM Duration: Approx. 7 seconds stationary, no refuelling allowed

Key Facts:

 

Team/car:                   BMW Team RBM / BMW M4 DTM


Duration:                   Approx. 7 seconds stationary, no refuelling allowed




Persons:        
                       

9 team members directly on the car, plus one person at the pit wall manning pit board, one person on the team radio and the leader of the stop




Procedure:    
                       


Decide to stop, use the pit board to show the driver and confirm via radio, radio signal to the pit crew, instruct the driver on the change position, after braking, lift the car using the pneumatic jack and loosen front tyres, change the front tyres, mechanics run to the rear, change the rear tyres, all-clear handsign of gunmen, release the car, drive off and check the traffic in the pit lane via radio and/or the lollipop man





Speed limit:  
            60 km/h (Norisring, Zandvoort, and Brands Hatch 50 km/h)

 



The Challenge:


The pit stops in the DTM are a great mental and physical strain for the whole team, as they can decide the race in the balanced starting field so good preparation and constant pit stop practice is standard procedure for all team members.



For the drivers, it is important to get the cool tyres (regulations no longer allow preheating) up to the correct temperature as quickly as possible after returning to the track.

 

Driver Perspective – Philipp Eng (AUT):     
  

"The pit stop is of great significance in the DTM. The level of performance in the DTM is very high, which is why the pit crew is important. You always win and lose together. It is important that you brake as late as possible before the pit stop line and don't waste any time.



You can’t drive too fast when turning off the ‘fast lane’ to your spot because you need to stop exactly at the lollipop. When the car is in the air and the guys are changing the tyres, you can tell whether it is a fast or slow stop.



When they run to the rear axle, I look in the rear-view mirror to make sure that no other car is entering the ‘fast lane’. Then, when the car is lowered, that’s my cue to put my foot on the accelerator."

 



 Perfect pit stops are important for success in every race series. While it will be primarily about the speed of changing tyres at next , it’s the right timing and coordination of the different procedures that is crucial.


In addition to changing the tyres, the car is refuelled and a new driver enters the cockpit.





- Ingo Lehbrink, photo BMW

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10.08.2018 / MaP

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