The podium dream

03. Juli 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Just two laps – and Marco Wittmann would have been celebrating a podium at his home race for the first time in his DTM career.

The fans around the Dutzendteich lake witnessed an extremely eventful race on Sunday. Two safety car phases, one red flag, countless battles and two restarts made race eight of the DTM season a real spectacle. “The race itself went well,” said Wittmann. “Thanks to our strategy of stopping after the second lap, I was able to make up some positions and was running ninth for a long time. I then climbed six places into third after the restart – what a lap.”

While his opponents were somewhat more cautious on cold tyres, Wittmann went on the attack. “That paid dividends: I was on course for a podium finish for a long time and was able to match the pace of the leaders. I had to be a bit careful with my DRS, because I did not have too many left.” Wittmann then spotted an opportunity to attack Lucas Auer and move into second place. “Two laps from the end, Lucas Auer made a slight mistake and I tried to take advantage,” said Wittmann. “As I was doing so, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström passed me. It is a real shame that I had to settle for fifth place in the end.”

However, the dream of a first podium at the Norisring lives on. Next season, Wittmann will once again do his all to put on an unforgettable show of horsepower for the crowds in the grandstands at his home race. 125,000 fans flocked to Nuremberg at the weekend.
Races nine and ten of the programme will take place in three weeks, when the DTM heads to Moscow.