Outstanding lights to flag win in the Eifel

10. September 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann has done it again: in the 13th race of the 2016 DTM season, he drove his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM to a commanding lights to flag win at the Nürburgring, claiming victory in the home race for BMW Team RMG. He was also able to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.

Wittmann recorded the second-fastest lap in qualifying and moved up to pole position when Lucas Auer was demoted to fifth position, having collected his third warning. This meant that the front row belonged to BMW: Tom Blomqvist started the race alongside Wittmann in second place.

The 2014 DTM champion demonstrated his abilities at the start, as he defended his position and pulled away from the other drivers. Wittmann hardly noticed any of the events unfolding behind him in a sometimes turbulent race. He drove commandingly from start to finish and crossed the line after 30 laps, accompanied by jubilant scenes in his team.

“That was a mega race. I am absolutely delighted with the win – not only for me, but also for my team, which has won at its home event for the third year in a row. I had a very good start and was able to defend my lead in the first corner. After that, I just tried to open a gap ahead of Tom Blomqvist and keep my rhythm. After the guys behind me were involved in a few battles, I had a comfortable lead. All I had to do then was bring it home.”

This victory allowed Wittmann to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship and move on to 155 points. Wittmann’s team-mate Timo Glock also had reason to celebrate: after starting from eighth, he moved up to fifth to complete a perfect team result. In the team competition, BMW Team RMG continue to top the standings, courtesy of these results.