Leading the way to the finale

25. September 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After a difficult race on Saturday in Budapest, Marco Wittmann hit back today and claimed valuable points in the drivers’ championship. He heads to the season finale in Hockenheim with a 26-point lead. His nearest challenger in the race for the title, Edoardo Mortara (Audi), scored no points on Sunday.

The start could hardly have been more dramatic. Wittmann describes it from his point of view: “I had a very good start, whereas Edo didn’t. His wheels were spinning. I had all the momentum. I went over to his side of the track. I think he wanted to block Eki first and he pushed me over onto the grass – although I was already alongside him. There was contact, and I had to drive across the grass. There was contact again when I came back. In my opinion, it was caused by Edo’s mistake at the start. And obviously I won’t just back down.” Conclusion: Wittmann can continue, while Mortara has to head for the pits and slips back to last place. Wittmann claims fourth place, while Mortara does not cross the finishing line.

“I scored twelve points today,” says the championship leader. “Those are enormously important to help us progress. We couldn’t have improved on finishing in seventh and fourth this weekend. The competition from Audi was extremely strong. So these points are even more important.”

Total concentration is now required for the last two races of the season in Hockenheim, on 15th and 16th October. If Wittmann finishes the first race on Saturday ahead of Mortara, he will be the 2016 DTM champion.