19. September 2017

Eager anticipation for third home event

All good things come in threes – and Marco Wittmann is really looking forward to his third home event of the 2017 DTM season next weekend. After the races on his doorstep at the Norisring, and the Nürburgring – just a few kilometres away from the HQ of his BMW team RMG – now the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is up, the “home” of his car sponsor Red Bull.

The BMW driver has very fond memories of the track in Styria, which is in a picturesque setting of mountains and meadows. He celebrated his first podium there in 2013 when he finished second in only his third DTM race. A year later he stood at the top of the podium as the winner, and picked up valuable points on the way to his first DTM title. And two years later, when he finished the season DTM champion once again, he also got a win in Spielberg.

So, it is no surprise that Wittmann has got big plans for the coming weekend. “I have very high expectations for Spielberg. The track has always suited me, and I have already won races there. I really like it, and the scenery. Which is why I am hoping for a good weekend. Besides that, it is also a special event for me because we will be competing at the home of Red Bull.”

This year the BMW driver is still waiting for his first win of the season. Naturally, the Red Bull Ring would be the perfect setting to celebrate this success and keep his hopes of successfully defending the title alive. “After we fought back a little at the Nürburgring, we are eager to continue this trend in Spielberg,” said Wittmann, who after finishing third in the race on Sunday in the Eifel region is just 19 points behind the leader and in fourth place overall.

The 4.318-kilometre Red Bull Ring not only offers an impressive landscape, but is also an extraordinary racetrack on which there have always been spectacular DTM races packed with battles for position. The track has long straights and a few fast turns, and unusually large differences in altitude. The maximum ascent is 12 percent, while downhill reaches up to 9.3 percent.

The race on Saturday starts at 2:48 p.m. CEST (live on ARD as of 2:30 p.m. CEST), the battle for the best starting positions and the first points of the weekend will get underway in qualifying as of 11:40 a.m. CEST (live on ONE as of 11:35 a.m. CEST). On Sunday, Marco Wittmann and his five BMW colleagues will take on qualifying at 12:00 p.m. CEST (live on ONE as of 11:55 a.m. CEST), the second race will get underway at 3:18 p.m. (live on ARD as of 3:00 p.m. CEST).