15. Mai 2017

Looking forward to the Motorsport Festival

The 2017 DTM season started for defending champion Marco Wittmann almost exactly as one would expect: in the points in both races, despite fair to middling qualifying positions. After tenth place in the first race, Marco Wittmann displayed just how good he is in the second race at the Hockenheimring, when he finished in third place from 17th on the grid, and claimed his first podium position of the year.

At the second DTM race weekend of the season at the Lausitzring, he is keen to continue this run of success. With fourth place in the Sunday race, he achieved this last year. And even though it wasn’t quite enough to pick up a trophy, the BMW driver has good memories of the unique track, which runs partially through the high-speed oval, and also has a slightly overbanked turn.

“Things have usually gone well for me at the Lausitzring in the past, that was where I brought home my title in 2014. And I did very well there in 2016 with fourth and sixth place, even though the track has never really suited us,” said Wittmann, who will make his fifth appearance at the track halfway between Berlin and Dresden this weekend. A trip that he is looking forward to: “I am extremely confident and think that the new rules and cars on every racetrack this year mean that there is uncertainty anyway. It goes without saying that the aim is to get a good result.” Going into races three and four, Marco Wittmann is in sixth place with 16 points in the overall standings of the DTM.

And the fans can look forward to a spectacular weekend, since just like the successful debut last year, the DTM and the ADAC GT Masters are joint hosts of the Motorsport Festival. This means that in addition to the two DTM races, which provided great excitement and thrilling battles for position at Hockenheim thanks to the successful changes to the rules, the spectators will also witness a race in the “league of supercars” on both Saturday and Sunday. The BMW teams will also be able to catch up with their former DTM colleagues at BMW Team Schnitzer.

Saturday’s DTM race at the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring gets underway at 2:48 p.m. CEST (live on ARD as of 2:30 p.m. CEST); the battle for the best starting positions and the first points of the weekend gets underway in the qualifying session as of 10:15 a.m. CEST (live on ONE as of 10:10 a.m. CEST). On Sunday, Marco Wittmann and his five BMW colleagues take on qualifying at 11:30 a.m. CEST (line on ONE as of 11:25 a.m. CEST); the second race starts at 3:18 p.m. CEST (live on ARD as of 3:00 p.m. CEST).