|18. Mai 2016||Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »|
Marco Wittmann could hardly have dreamed of a better warm-up for the second DTM weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. The BMW driver arrives in the Styria region of Austria on the back of achieving a historic maiden victory with the new BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring.
Driving for Schubert Motorsport in the Eifel Mountains, Wittmann won race three of the VLN alongside BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn and BMW works driver Jörg Müller – a perfect dress rehearsal for the 24-hour race at the same venue on 28th/29th May.
Wittmann is now looking to take this momentum into his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM when the car enjoys its home outing in Austria. Since the start of the season, Wittmann has been flying the flag for BMW Motorsport Premium Partner Red Bull. With his BMW M4 DTM sporting a new design this year, the 2014 DTM champion is particularly motivated ahead of the two races on Saturday (17:50) and Sunday (15:15) in Spielberg. “This is something of a home race for my new partner Red Bull. I am looking forward to seeing many fans at the circuit, who will be supporting me and cheering me on. The weekend will certainly be a very special one,” said Wittmann.
The challenging circuit in the Styrian mountains also suits the German driver. “Generally speaking, Spielberg really suits me. I claimed my first podium there, and actually won in 2014,” he said. When he won in 2014, the eventual champion led home a top-four lock-out for BMW Motorsport, ahead of fellow BMW drivers Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk.
However, Wittmann’s display one year earlier was almost even more impressive. In only his third DTM race, the rookie first sensationally qualified second, before brilliantly finishing runner-up behind fellow BMW driver Bruno Spengler and ahead of his team-mate at the time, ex-Formula One driver Glock, who is now in the neighbouring garage again at BMW Team RMG.