Next up: Moscow

19. Juli 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After the shortest journey of the year, DTM champion Marco Wittmann now embarks on the longest trip of the DTM season. Instead of the short ten-kilometre hop from Fürth to the Norisring, he is headed for the Moscow Raceway – a good 1,830 kilometres from Marco’s home city. However, despite the long journey, the BMW driver is looking forward to the race weekend at the modern, 3.931-kilometre circuit, located roughly 80 kilometres northwest of the Russian capital Moscow. Designed by renowned racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the circuit has been a permanent fixture on the DTM calendar since 2013 and has so far proven to be a happy stomping ground for Marco Wittmann and BMW Team RMG.

After Marco’s team-mate at the time, Maxime Martin, secured his first pole position and maiden victory there in 2014, the reigning champion finished runner-up to take his place on the podium in Moscow for the first time the following year. Last year, Marco Wittmann claimed his first victory in Russia in the Saturday race, before going on to take his second DTM title.

“Moscow has always been good to me in recent years. I like the circuit, as it has a bit of everything. It has slow corners, fast corners, and a long straight that poses a certain challenge in its own right. It is a beautiful racetrack, and I hope I can get some good results there,” said Marco Wittmann, looking ahead to the coming race weekend.

After the recent outing at the Norisring, which yielded a fourth and fifth place for the German, Wittmann now travels to Russia with plenty of momentum, but also a little unwanted baggage. “Following a caution, I will be relegated five positions on the grid on Saturday. However, that is just an incentive for me to qualify even higher up the field,” said Wittmann, who is currently tenth in the overall standings with 46 points: “We had our best race weekend of the season so far at the Norisring, and scored some good points. I am now hoping that was change in fortune for us, and that we can continue heading in that direction.”

Saturday’s race begins at 14:40 German time (live on ARD from 14:30). The grid positions and first points of the weekend will be decided in qualifying from 11:40 (live on ONE from 11:35). For Marco Wittmann and his five fellow BMW drivers, Sunday kicks off with qualifying at 10:30 (live on ONE from 10:25). Race two starts at 13:45 (live on ARD from 13:30).