Disappointing 24-hour race for Wittmann

29. Mai 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The 44th edition of the 24 Hours Nürburgring did not go well for Marco Wittmann. The #18 BMW M6 GT3, with which Wittmann and his team-mates Jörg Müller, Jesse Krohn and Augusto Farfus contested the race, was left standing with engine damage after six and a half hours.

After a strong qualifying session, the Schubert Motorsport quartet started the endurance classic on the Nordschleife from second place and the front row of the grid. Starting driver Müller retained second place until the race had to be suspended after just 50 minutes when severe storms broke out in the Eifel.

After the restart, the brief lead and an early change of tyres, the car had initially dropped down the field, but Müller delivered an outstanding catch-up and retook the lead in the race, when he suddenly lost power on lap 17 and was forced to park the BMW M6 GT3 with smoke billowing out of it. It was brought back to the garage for analysis. After lengthy repairs, the car restarted the race in the early hours of Sunday morning, but was unable to get involved in the battle for the top spots.

„It is extremely disappointing,“ said Wittmann. „This was the third time in a row that I have retired or dropped down the field in the evening and night-time hours. I just don’t seem to have any luck in this race. This is a shame, particularly because I think that we would have had the speed to be able to be up there at the front.“

Now Wittmann is hoping that next weekend will be better when he will be in action in his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM at the Lausitzring: „Now my motto is: Forget about it, chin up and go on the attack again at the Lausitzring.“