Stunning fightback at the Hockenheimring

07. Mai 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann was rewarded for a virtually perfect drive and magnificent fightback with his first podium of the season in race two at the Hockenheimring. Wittmann, at the wheel of the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, started the race from 17th place and the back row of the grid. However, he wasted no time in cutting through the field, gaining several positions on the opening rap to climb into tenth place.

Following an early Safety Car phase and subsequent restart, the reigning DTM champion made up more positions and actually found himself running second for a while. The weather was the key factor today, with several short spells of rain making tyre selection something of a lottery. “It was really tough. It kept starting to spit, then the rain became heavier and wandered from one section of the track to another. Then it stopped again. That was really challenging,” said Wittmann.

Wittmann and BMW Team RMG decided to wait as long as possible before switching to wet-weather tyres. This strategy paid dividends. The defending champion did lose position two in a close battle with Mercedes driver Gary Paffett, but Wittmann was more than happy with his first podium finish of the season.

“We had a fantastic strategy today. We climbed from 17th into tenth on the opening lap, despite a rather mediocre start,” said the two-time DTM champion. “I then found myself on the outside at the restart, which is actually really tough and usually ends up in you losing a position. However, I was able to work my way up into sixth. That was great. On the whole, I am more than happy with the result. Having started from 17th on the grid, it feels like a win.”

As well as Wittmann, team-mate Timo Glock (eighth) and Bruno Spengler (ninth) also finished in the points for BMW. The next DTM weekend is only a fortnight away, when Marco Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers head to the Lausitzring.