Wittmann narrowly misses out on the DTM podium at his home event

01. Juli 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann finished fourth in Saturday’s race at the Norisring. Starting from seventh on the grid, he produced a fine drive to narrowly miss out on a first podium result at his home race weekend.

Fourth place equalled Wittmann’s best result to date at his home round, having also come home fourth last year. An incredibly tight qualifying saw Wittmann land his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM on seventh place on the grid. A heavy shower shortly before the start of the race resulted in a wet track and an eventful start to the Saturday race.

“The race was very eventful – particularly at the start, when it started to rain just before we got underway. I made a poor start and lost some places. However, I was then able to fight my way back towards the front in the skirmishes that ensued”, said Wittmann.

After 20 laps, the track started to dry out, prompting all the drivers to switch to slicks. “We were possibly a lap or two too early with our stop. That allowed Edo Mortara to overtake me”, said Wittmann. “However, I passed him again in the end and eventually ended the race in fourth place. That is a decent result from seventh on the grid.

BMW had much cause for celebration at the Norisring. Bruno Spengler claimed the first win of the DTM season for BMW. The Canadian’s victory was not only a special moment for him, but was also a historic one for BMW. The last BMW driver to win at the street circuit in Nürnberg was Steve Soper in a BMW M3 back in 1992. This latest success also marked BMW’s 25th victory since returning to the DTM in 2012. Maxime Martin finished second to complete the 20th one-two for BMW in the DTM. He had started the race from pole position. Behind Wittmann, Timo Glock and Tom Blomqvist came home fifth and sixth to round off an outstanding team result for BMW.

“It has been a superb day for BMW on the whole – with Bruno and Maxime finishing first and second”, said Wittmann. “I would obviously have liked to have joined them on the podium. The wait for a podium result at my home race at the Norisring goes on – but perhaps it will happen tomorrow.”