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The 2016 DTM season is entering the crucial phase – and Marco Wittmann is particularly looking forward to the trip to Hungary for the penultimate race weekend of the year. The Hungaroring just outside the capital of Budapest has returned to the calendar, and the BMW driver remembers the 2014 race only too well.

„I think it’s great that we’re returning to Budapest after a year’s break. I have good memories of the track. I was very successful there in 2014 and celebrated a start-finish victory from pole position. It would be good if this year would go the same way,“ said Wittmann ahead of the journey to the extremely challenging Formula 1 track, which does not have many overtaking opportunities at all over its 4.381 kilometres, and demands a lot from the drivers with its numerous turns. Unlike two years ago, two races will be held at the Hungaroring this season, and the track has „changed a lot since we were last here,“ explained Wittmann: „Among other things, the surface has been replaced. That will be a challenge for all the drivers.“

In 2014, Wittmann’s success in Budapest was his second win in the third race of the season, with which he laid the foundation for the title win that would follow. This season, the second DTM overall victory is the man from Franconia’s major goal, which has been well under way for weeks now. Since he took the lead in the overall standings at his home event at the Norisring at the end of June, the 26-year-old headed to the following three race weekends in Zandvoort, Moscow and the Nürburgring as the leader, and left in the same position.

Naturally, Marco Wittmann is eager to continue this run in Budapest, so that he can head into the season finale in Hockenheim in pole position. And things are looking good; at BMW Team RMG’s recent home event in the Eifel, his third win of the season and a third place saw him extend his lead in the points tally from 12 to 33, giving him a good buffer for Budapest. BMW Team RMG and BMW Motorsport are also eager to claim first place in the team standings and the manufacturers‘ standings.

Saturday’s race in Budapest gets underway at 2:55 p.m. CEST (live on ARD from 2:30 p.m. CEST). On Sunday, Marco Wittmann and his seven BMW colleagues start 15 minutes later at 3:10 p.m. CEST (live on ARD from 3:00 p.m.).