Turning point

08. Juli 2015 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

In 2014, Marco Wittmann and his boys at BMW Team RMG were in the mood to celebrate after the race in Zandvoort: After the youngster had been crowned DTM Champion in the previous race, he, Maxime Martin and the team from the Eifel also brought home the Team championship in the touring car series.

So Wittmann is confident heading to the „Circuit Park“ at the beach at the North Sea. „It’s always great coming to Zandvoort,“ he said. „The atmosphere is lovely, and the track with its many bends is exciting. We have always got good results there in the past. Last year I finished on the podium in second place.“

Things haven’t quite gone according to plan for the champion this season. Fifth place in the race on Sunday at the Hockenheimring was his best result so far. Now Wittmann is hoping that Zandvoort will see things take a turn for the better. „I think that this track will suit us better than the others so far. Which is why my team and I are relatively optimistic and we are looking forward to it.“

The weekend in Zandvoort heralds the start of this year’s European tour for the DTM. The round in the Netherlands is followed by races in Spielberg on 1st and 2nd August, before the series heads to Moscow for another two races on 29th and 30th August. While the “Red Bull Ring” and the “Moscow Raceway” may be modern racetracks, “Circuit Park” is an old-school track. With its crests and bumps, every lap is akin to a rollercoaster ride. Another feature is the sand, which is blown across the track by the coastal wind. One of the best overtaking opportunities comes at Tarzanbocht, the first corner at the end of the start/finish straight.