Marco Wittmann fights his way to the top-10 in Budapest

17. Juni 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann has impressed with a strong comeback in Saturday’s race at the Hungaroring near the Hungarian capital: he worked his way from 15th on the grid up to ninth place in his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. With this result, the reigning DTM champion secured two points for the closely fought drivers’ championship.

After a difficult qualifying, Wittman had a good start and made up places already in the opening stages of the race. A safety car period then resulted in an additional mix of positions. When Wittmann entered the pits, his BMW Team RMG showed a strong team effort and the BMW driver was able to re-join the race within the top-10 and cross the line in ninth place.

“Overall, the race went pretty well,” Wittmann reported. “I was able to gain six positions and to collect two points. On the other hand, maybe even more would have been possible with a little bit more luck, as you could see in the cases of Timo and Bruno. I stayed out a little bit too long, and then the safety car came. But all in all, I can be pretty satisfied with these two points.”

The fifth race of the DTM season was an exciting affair and characterized by the strategic decisions of the drivers and the teams. Wittmann’s fellow BMW drivers Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler were able to work their way up to the podium thanks to clever pit stop strategies and secured additional points for the manufacturer from Munich.

The second race day in Budapest will begin tomorrow morning at 10:00 with the third free practice. From 12:00 on, the drivers will fight for front grid positions in qualifying and the sixth race of the season will start at 15:18.