A happy stomping ground

05. September 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

This weekend, the DTM is at the Nürburgring. The iconic circuit has proven to be a happy stomping ground for Marco Wittmann, who already has two victories to his name at the track in the Eifel region of Germany. The race weekend is also the home event for Wittmann’s team BMW Team RMG, which has its headquarters just a few kilometres away in the foothills of the Eifel Mountains. As such, Wittmann is determined to do well in races 13 and 14, which herald the final third of the 2017 season. His goal: to continue his run of success with the Red Bull M4 DTM.

Wittmann’s first victory at the Nürburgring came in 2014, when he wrapped up the title with races to spare. He also set the lap record of 1:23.175 minutes at the 3.629-kilometre track – a record that still stands today. Last year, he won the Saturday race and came home third to claim another podium finish on the Sunday. These results were instrumental in him claiming his second DTM title come the end of the season.

“I am excited about the race at the Nürburgring,” Wittmann said about the famous circuit in the Eifel Mountains. “It is the home circuit for our team. I hope that we have another good weekend there and can score some points, just like we did in the last races. I would be delighted if we were successful there – primarily for the team, of course. The weather at the Nürburgring is always good for a few surprises, so I am excited to see what awaits us.”

The Nürburgring enjoys legendary status. Opened in 1927, it is the oldest permanent racetrack in Germany. It is particularly famous for the Nordschleife, which is known around the world as the “Green Hell”. Nowadays, the DTM races are held on the short version of the Grand Prix Circuit, which was opened in 1984. This layout features a mixture of slow and medium-quick corners. One key factor at the Nürburgring is the unpredictable weather. This year, as is the case every year, the drivers and teams must be ready for anything.

Saturday’s race gets underway at 14:45 German time (live on ARD from 14:30). Prior to this, the first points of the weekend and the top grid positions will be up for grabs in qualifying, which starts at 11:40 (live on ONE from 11:35). Wittmann and his five fellow BMW drivers return to the track for qualifying at 12:00 on Sunday (live on ONE from 11:55). Race two begins at 15:15 (live on ARD from 15:00).