Into the lead with fighting spirit

04. Juni 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

With a strong and determined performance, Marco Wittmann secured fourth place in Saturday’s race at the Lausitzring and took the overall lead in the championship.

Once more, the BMW Team RMG driver showed one of his big strengths: to get the maximum out of the opportunity to collect important points. After the two free practice sessions, he tackled Saturday’s qualifying with the target of finishing in the top ten. But in qualifying, he even surprised himself and secured third on the grid in his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM.

In the 40-minute sprint race in the afternoon, he then impressed with a great fighting spirit and warded off all attacks from his rivals to go on to take the chequered flag in fourth. With this result Wittmann added 12 points to his tally and is now leading the championship after five races with a total of 47 points.

„I am more than happy. We did not expect to finish fourth here,“ Wittmann said. „With this result, we collected many points. This is particularly important on circuits that don’t suit us too well. I had a good start, but unfortunately it was impossible to get through to the very front. Then I was pushed off the track by Robert Wickens. In the end I finished fourth. In the final stages I had no DRS left and had to defend my position. It was a tough race and, in general, I am really satisfied.“

Race action at the Lausitzring resumes tomorrow, Sunday. The third free practice session will start at 09:00, followed by qualifying for the 60-minute race at 11:30. The sixth race of the 2016 DTM season will then start at 15:10.