Valuable points

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After the podium success on Saturday with third place, Marco Wittmann also picked up points in the second race at the “Moscow Raceway”. And the 2016 champion was in with a good chance of finishing on the podium for much of the race. In the end, he finished sixth.

In the qualifying session in the morning, Wittmann improved on his pole time from Saturday. He completed the 3.931-kilometre lap in 1:26.910 minutes, which saw him claim sixth place on the grid. The reigning champion and his team opted for a daring strategy for the tenth race of the season. Wittmann returned to the pit for his service at the end of the first lap, which paid off initially. On lap six, the BMW M4 GTS DTM safety car, meaning that Wittmann soon caught up with the rest of the field. Subsequently, his rivals pitted one by one – and Wittmann moved up position after position. “We did everything right at the start, including in terms of strategy. I had a good start, overtook Timo Glock and pitted as planned at the end of the first lap. I had a good pace after the stop. When the safety car came out, I knew that we would be in a great starting position,” he said.

At this point it even looked like Wittmann might be able to win the race. But he was stuck behind a rival at this point and lost time on those quickly closing in on him from behind. “Unfortunately we didn’t bank on Audi and Nico Müller’s tactic of leaving him out for an incredibly long stretch. He blocked us so that Mattias Ekström could catch up. He made it very obvious, at times he braked very early, even on the straights. That ruined our race. I would have been able to finish on the podium at least, if not get the win. So I’m very disappointed.” Then towards the end of the race, Wittmann was – in part due to using up all his DRS attempts – forced to let other rivals past, and ended up crossing the finish line in sixth place.

Now the DTM is taking a month off from racing. Races eleven and twelve of the year will be held in Zandvoort on 19th/20th August. Last year, Wittmann celebrated second and fourth place on the track through the dunes.