09. Oktober 2017

Grand finale in Hockenheim

Hockenheim in October – that means the grand finale in the DTM: after recording his second title win last year, Marco Wittmann still has a chance of being crowned 2017 DTM champion in the two remaining races – even if this chance is smaller than twelve months ago, when he claimed second and fourth places in the races to finish four points ahead of then Audi driver Edoardo Mortara.

This year, the BMW driver has 134 points but trails Audi driver Mattias Ekström (172 points) by 38 points approaching the final weekend of the year, in which he can score a maximum of 56 points. There are three more Audi drivers separating him from his Swedish challenger – René Rast (151 points), Jamie Green (137 points) and Mike Rockenfeller (134 points).

Realistically, second or third place overall is the best he can hope for but the Franconian driver nonetheless remains positive as he looks ahead to the season finale. “Hockenheim marks the end of an exciting DTM season for me, which has been positive overall. We had some ups and downs throughout the year, but we were able to fight back with some good performances and results in the final third of the season,” says Wittmann. “Of course, I would like to continue this trend at the season finale and go into the close season with some good results. In general, anything is possible in Hockenheim and I am looking forward to a thrilling showdown – especially for the fans.”

The DTM finale traditionally attracts plenty of fans to the circuit in Baden-Wuerttemburg and the event is also hosting two live concerts by German hip-hop superstars “Die Fantastischen Vier” this year. Wittmann has a chance of chalking up a first win the season there, a goal that he has been working towards all year with his BMW Team RMG. In 2014, Marco Wittmann celebrated his first-ever DTM victory in Hockenheim, laying the foundations for the subsequent first title win. This year, he claimed third place in Sunday’s race at the season-opener on the 4.574-kilometre Formula 1 track.

Saturday’s race starts at 14:48 CET (live on ARD from 14:30) and the drivers will be battling for grid positions and the first points of the final weekend in qualifying at 11:45 (live on ONE from 11:40). Qualifying starts for Marco Wittmann and his five BMW team-mates at 12:00 on Sunday (live on ONE from 11:55) and the final race of the year starts at 15:13 (live on ARD from 15:00).