Passionate hiker

13. August 2015 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Mountains are there to be climbed: last season, Marco Wittmann went one better than his second-place finish at the 2013 DTM race. He took his place on the top step of the podium as BMW claimed a top-four shut-out at the picturesque Red Bull Ring.

No wonder the reigning champion has “fond memories” of the circuit. “A few weeks ago I did my Formula One test here. That was an awesome experience,” he said.

After the successful weekend in Zandvoort, at which the youngster was once again top dog as BMW completed a historic top-seven shut-out on the Saturday, Wittmann is looking to shine again in Austria. The Red Bull Ring is the venue for races nine and ten of the DTM season and the second race weekend of the season to take place outside Germany.

Tradition meets the present day in Spielberg. Races were held there as early as 1969, when it was originally known as the Österreichring. The Styria region of Austria welcomed Formula 1 for the first time in 1970, just one year after the circuit was opened. The current layout came from the pen of racetrack designer Hermann Tilke. The DTM raced at the former A1-Ring between 2001 and 2003, and returned to Spielberg in 2011. Spectators at the Red Bull Ring are mad about motorsport: last season, 47,500 fans flocked to the track over the course of the weekend.

Wittmann is currently seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 49 points. BMW Team RMG lies fourth in the Team competition.