The first DTM points of 2016

08. Mai 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The first DTM weekend of the season 2016 is over, and Marco Wittmann has chalked up the first points for BMW. After a disappointing 16th place yesterday, the 2014 DTM champion crossed the finish line in ninth place in Sunday’s race.

The start of the Sunday race echoed the turbulent scenes of the previous day and Wittmann, starting from ninth, wisely decided to steer clear of danger. He started the race at a good pace, but technical problems prevented the BMW driver from converting his good positions into progress through the field. The final result was ninth place and the first two points of the season.

“The second race was just as disappointing as the first,” said Wittmann. “I had a good start and could have driven faster, but fairly early on I started to have problems with the gear shift. At least I was able to get two points, but it could easily have been more.”

Sunday was simply not a good day for Wittmann’s BMW Team RMG. Team-mate Timo Glock finished in second position but was disqualified after the race due to a breach of regulations. The BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Maxime Martin moved up to places two and three respectively. Tom Blomqvist and Martin Tomczyk joined Marco Wittmann in the points. In total, BMW claimed a total of 47 points on Sunday.

The next DTM race takes place in two weeks’ time., when Marco Wittmann and the other BMW drivers are scheduled to visit the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. This is a home race for Wittmann’s main sponsor Red Bull, providing extra motivation for the enthusiastic 26-year-old as he looks forward to the second weekend of the season.