DOUBLE HONOURS

03. Dezember 2014 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann travelled straight from the BMW Motorsport Media Track Days in Monteblanco to Essen, where he received two awards at the traditional “Race Night” held by Auto Bild Motorsport and Auto Bild Sportscars, which takes place every year as part of the Essen Motor Show.

Wittmann was voted “Touring Car Driver of the Year” by readers and was also presented with the “Golden Racing Shoe” as the new DTM champion. However, the BMW works driver was not just there to receive prizes, but also presented some trophies: to the winners of the Speed Academy – the junior project run by BMW Motorsport premium partner, Deutsche Post.

Three questions for … Marco Wittmann.

Marco, you were on hand to offer journalists advice when they took to the track in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM last week. How did it go?

Marco Wittmann: “The entire event was great fun. It is fantastic that BMW Motorsport allows journalists to experience how it feels to drive a racing car. I gave the participants an introduction to my Ice-Watch M4 DTM and then went through the data with them after their drives. That was very interesting for me. Some of the drivers had already driven other racing cars and coped well with the DTM car.”

What was your personal highlight?

Wittmann: “I had the opportunity to drive the legendary BMW DTM cars from the 1980s – the BMW 635 CSi and the BMW M3. It was impressive to feel the differences for myself, and to see how the technology has developed over the past 30 years. As a driver, you had to work a lot harder on the steering wheel and when changing gear back in the past. However, it is more important to find the perfect racing line today, and you generally have to drive more accurately than back then. I really enjoyed my outing in the vintage cars. The1987 BMW M3, in particular, is my absolute favourite – a dream car.”

On a more general note, you have not stopped travelling and visiting events for the past few weeks. How are you coping with the stress that comes with winning the DTM title?

Wittmann: “It has obviously been an extremely stressful time for me since the end of the DTM season. I have hardly spent a single day at home. However, I am still really enjoying myself. After all, the reason for me having all these appointments is the fact that I was crowned DTM champion. With this in mind, I am having an incredible time at the moment. Furthermore, it is an honour for me that my success has been recognised by so many people – like being voted ‘Touring Car Driver of the Year’ and receiving the ‘Golden Racing Shoe’. That means an awful lot to a racing driver.”