The title in sight

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The 2016 DTM season is heading to its grand finale – and Marco Wittmann is in the thick of the action. The BMW driver goes into the final two races of the year as the front-runner and realising his great dream of winning his second title after 2014 is in his own hands.

„It feels good heading to the final two races of the season at Hockenheim and still being in with a chance of winning the title. That shows that we have done a good job throughout the year. Now we need to approach the season finale with a cool head and try to keep out of any scuffles. It won’t be that easy since the races in Hockenheim are usually action-packed,“ said Wittmann.

Since he took the lead in the table at his home event at the Norisring in June, Marco Wittmann remained at the top after all other DTM weekends and is naturally keen to continue this series at the Hockenheimring. He has a lead of 14 points over his fiercest rival Edoardo Mortara from Italy, who is still in with a serious chance of endangering the dream of title number two. Mortara’s brand colleague Jamie Green from Great Britain also still has a mathematical chance of winning the title with 39 points. There are 50 points up for grabs in the final two races. In the team standings, Marco Wittmann and his team-mate Timo Glock could help their BMW Team RMG to win their second title after 2014. Stefan Reinhold’s team is currently in second place with a deficit of 25 points to the top.

The Hockenheimring is the central track of the DTM; the Motodrom in Baden has held more races than anywhere else. The legendary Formula 1 track has been the traditional venue for the season opener and the grand finale for many years. Marco Wittmann has fond memories of the 4.574-kilometre track. He received the champion’s trophy there after the final in 2014. He started the most successful career of his season in the same place 168 days earlier, with his first win in a DTM race.

The Saturday DTM race gets underway at 2:55 p.m. CEST (live on ARD as of 2:30 p.m. CEST). Things get started twenty minutes later for Marco Wittmann and his seven BMW colleagues in the finale on Sunday, at 3:15 p.m. CEST (live on ARD from 3:00 p.m. CEST).