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Super start – but braking problems. Marco Wittmann showed great fighting spirit in race one in Spielberg, finishing ninth to score valuable points after 40 minutes of racing.

Qualifying for race nine of the season was did not pan out anything like the way the champion – or virtually any of the BMW drivers – had hoped. Only Augusto Farfus made it into the top ten. In contrast, Wittmann had to settle for twelfth place. However, this only served to motivate the BMW Team RMG driver as he lined up on the grid. “I actually had a good first lap, and was largely able to stay clear of all the battles going on,” said Wittmann. “At one point I was actually as high as seventh. There are always going to be one or two collisions with the opposition. This apparently resulted in me having some problems with the brakes.” In the fast corners, it was like the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM was on rails. But Wittmann had problems braking into the hairpin at the end of the start/finish straight. For much of the circuit he was fighting a losing battle against the opposition and could do nothing to avoid losing positions.

Wittmann eventually came home in ninth place. “Unfortunately that was the best we could hope for today,” he said. “Generally speaking, our performance is not as good as in Zandvoort. Despite this, we made the most of the situation.” Wittmann picked up two points for the Drivers’ Championship and his team. “Tomorrow we will attack again.” Fighting talk from the defending champion after the opening race. Race two at the Red Bull Ring gets underway at 15:15 on Sunday.