29. Mai 2017

Wittmann just misses out on podium at Nürburgring 24-hour race

Marco Wittmann just missed out on his first podium finish at the classic Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. At the end of a dramatic race, Wittmann finished in fourth place in the #42 BMW M6 GT3, alongside his team-mates Martin Tomczyk, Tom Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus.

The BMW Team Schnitzer car was within touching distance of the leading positions throughout the race. Unfortunately, a problem during a night-time fuel stop cost them several minutes. Despite their best efforts, Wittmann and his team-mates were not able to reduce the deficit. “It is a shame that we lost contact with the leading group at night due to a problem during a fuel stop,” commented Wittmann as he reviewed the race.

He was the driver chosen to complete Top 30 Qualifying with the car on Friday. He reached 18th place in the individual time trial and the team gradually improved on that position as the race progressed. The high temperatures during the race meant that it was important to take good care of the tyres throughout the 24 hours. Wittmann and his team-mates managed to do that well. Rain started to fall in the final 30 minutes and caused all sorts of confusion. Farfus, driving the last stint in the #42 car, did not let a minor slip put him off and concentrated on getting over the line in fourth place.

“That was an unbelievable event – it had everything that a 24-hour race should offer,” concluded BMW Team Schnitzer Team Principal Charly Lamm. “It is a real positive for us that we were able to compete with such a strong field. Unfortunately, we had incidents with both cars that were decisive in the end. We lost a lot of time with #42 during the night, due to a defective refuelling component. That meant that we could not improve on the result.”