First and fifth in the dunes

13. August 2015 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

DTM champion Marco Wittmann bounced back in style with victory on Saturday and fifth place in Sunday’s race.

After difficult weekends at the start of the season, Wittmann and his team showed fighting spirit and were instrumental in BMW claiming a historic success at the event in Zandvoort.

After the top-seven shut-out in race one on the North Sea coast, the BMW M4 DTM claimed the top five positions in considerably cooler temperatures and different conditions on the Sunday. Success and a haul of 35 points over the course of the weekend have also catapulted Wittmann up the Drivers’ Championship. The reigning champion is currently seventh. His team has climbed to fourth place, making Wittmann’s RMG guys the best-placed BMW outfit.

“That was a good weekend for BMW and us. I would obviously have liked to make it onto the podium today, but unfortunate circumstances prevented that,” said Wittmann. “Despite that, I am delighted with yesterday’s win. I can take many positives out of the weekend in Zandvoort.”

There is now a three-week break before the next two DTM races. The series moves on to Spielberg on the next leg of its European tour: Wittmann completed his first Formula One test at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in June – a gift from BMW Motorsport after winning the 2014 Drivers’ Championship. On the way to the title, he claimed an impressive victory in the Styria region last season, while BMW achieved a historic result: the first top-four shut-out since the manufacturer returned to the series – an achievement that Wittmann and Co. actually surpassed this weekend.