Showered with champagne once again

11. September 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After the outstanding start-finish win in Saturday’s race at the Nürburgring, Marco Wittmann had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Sunday too. At his team’s home race in the Eifel region, the driver from the BMW Team RMG celebrated the 250th podium finish for BMW in the DTM. However, he had to fight for this success…

“We made it onto the podium again, even though it was very close with Mattias Ekström at the end,” said Wittmann. “As such, I am happy with today – and proud to have claimed a milestone podium for BMW in the DTM.” Things were already going according to plan for Wittmann in the afternoon qualifying session. After starting from pole on Saturday, he began this race from second place. Only birthday boy Lucas Auer (Mercedes) was ahead of him. “Lucas had a very good start and I could not find a way past him without taking too many risks,” said Wittmann as he described the start of the 14th race of the season. “Our pace was good, but we were at a bit of a disadvantage after our pit stop. The opposition had left a few drivers out to hold up the leading group. That allowed Edoardo Mortara to work his way through to the front and possibly cost me second place.”

Nonetheless, the weekend at the “Ring” went perfectly for Wittmann and his team. He leads the drivers’ standings with 170 points ahead of the final events in Budapest and Hockenheim. Wittmann was able to extend his lead from twelve to 33 points. “It was actually a good weekend for me. I won yesterday, and finished third to claim a spot on the podium today: That is a great result for me and for BMW Team RMG,” he concluded positively.

In two weeks, Wittmann and his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM will travel to Budapest. He drove to victory in the last DTM race at the Hungaroring. Wittmann was the first BMW driver to win a DTM race in Budapest. The omens could not be better for the 15th and 16th races of the season.