Back in the lead

26. Juni 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann can look back on a successful home round at the Norisring: by bringing his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM home in sixth in Sunday’s race, he retook the DTM championship lead.

Cheered by his fan club on the grandstand, Wittmann showed a strong performance also in Sunday’s one-hour race. The BMW Team RMG driver took some risks when it was possible, but stayed clear of the many incidents that happened around him. As such, he made up four positions after starting from tenth, crossed the line in sixth and collected eight more championship points.

With this result, Wittmann retook the championship lead in the drivers’ classification after the eighth race of the season. With a total of 75 points, he now has an advantage of two points over his closest rival Edoardo Mortara. His BMW Team RMG is currently second of the team standings, only four points shy of the leader. In the manufacturers’ championship, BMW is first with 310 points.

“My start wasn’t very good, but the incident involving Mattias Ekström meant that I made it through the initial phase in tenth place anyway. After that the pace was really good, but you couldn’t really attack. It would have been too risky,” Wittmann summed up his Sunday race. “We opted for a slightly longer first stint. This turned out to be the right move. After that I fought well, was able to overtake Edoardo Mortara and then got stuck behind Lucas Auer and Paul di Resta for a long time. It would have been too risky to get stuck in in this situation too. We didn’t really expect that I would be leading the drivers‘ championship now going into the weekend.”

Wittmann and his BMW Team RMG will be in action again in three weeks’ time: from 15th to 17th July, he will tackle the dune circuit in Zandvoort with his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM.