The DTM returns from its summer break

16. August 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Just five weeks after the two races in Zandvoort, the DTM is back from its summer break – and with the longest trip of the year. For the fourth time, the destination for Marco Wittmann and his BMW Motorsport colleagues is the “Moscow Raceway”, almost 2000 kilometres as the crow flies from the headquarters of Marco Wittmann’s BMW Team RMG in Andernach.

The 3.931-kilometre track, located about 80 kilometres northwest of the Russian capital Moscow and designed by Aachen’s renowned track designer Hermann Tilke, has proven to be a happy stomping ground for Marco Wittmann, his team and his fellow BMW drivers since making its debut on the DTM calendar in 2013. At least one BMW driver has featured on the podium after every race so far. Back in 2014, Wittmann’s team-mate at the time, Maxime Martin, claimed his first pole position there and then went on to take his first victory in the DTM. In 2015, Marco Wittmann himself finished runner-up in race one to achieve his best result so far at the Russian circuit.

“I had a very good Saturday race last year at the Moscow Raceway. Unfortunately, a tyre issue meant I just missed out on the win, but my pace was good. As such, I take a lot of confidence into this year’s two races,” said Wittmann, aiming his sights high: “I would love to take my second win of the season and, with one eye on the Drivers’ Championship, to score as many points as possible.”

He finished second and fourth in Zandvoort to go into the summer break on the back of a decent points haul and defend the overall lead he took at his home race weekend at the Norisring. After ten of the season’s 18 races, the 2014 DTM champion holds a seven-point lead over his closest rival Jamie Green. BMW Team RMG also leads the Team competition, while BMW Motorsport is top of the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The 40-minute race on Saturday begins at 12:30 German time (live on ARD from 12:05). Sunday’s hour-long race starts 20 minutes earlier, at 12:10 German time (live on ARD from 12:05).