For Marco Wittmann, the racing year kicks off with a first: the reigning DTM champion will make his debut at the 12 Hours of Bathurst. He will alternate at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 fielded by BMW Team SRM with team principal Steve Richards and 2015 V8 Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom when the trio take to the track at the Mount Panorama Circuit.
Wittmann gained his first experience of the Australian circuit last year, when he took part in a multi-day test. This Sunday, the track will host one of the most spectacular endurance classics on the racing calendar.
Racers have been going bumper to bumper in the GT3 class at the Mount Panorama Circuit, which is located about 200 kilometres west of Sydney, since 2011. This class repeatedly produces action-packed battles, thrilling overtaking manoeuvres, and excitement right down to the finish. A total of four BMW M6 GT3s will line up on the grid in Bathurst. Wittmann’s team-mate Timo Glock, BMW works driver Jörg Müller, and the two BMW Motorsport Juniors Ricky Collard and Nico Menzel will also make their Australian debuts.
“It is obviously fantastic to open the racing year with a classic like the 12 Hours of Bathurst,” said Wittmann. “I got to know the track a bit during a test with BMW Team SRM back in November. It may be my first time racing in Bathurst, but from what I’ve heard from the Australian drivers it is going to be a huge event. I am really motivated and looking forward to finally getting started.”
The race begins at 05:45 local time on Sunday 5th February.