Fighting spirit goes unrewarded

06. Mai 2018 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

For Marco Wittmann, the first DTM race weekend at the Hockenheimring did not go according to plan. After qualifying in second on the grid in the first session on Saturday, giving himself a promising position for race 1, his BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM steadily lost pace. Wittmann ended the race in eleventh place.

And the DTM champion of 2014 and 2016 had to admit defeat in the second race on Sunday as well. Starting from eighth on the grid, Wittmann showed great fighting spirit, but dropped down into eleventh place at the end of the race, narrowly missing out on the points once again. His BMW Team RMG team-mate Timo Glock got the win.

„Both yesterday and today saw us drop down the field rather than move up it. We need to really look at the data to see what the reasons were,“ said Wittmann after the race. „We were pretty good in qualifying. But we weren’t able to use that in the race. Naturally, it is disappointing to go home with only two points from the first qualifying session. But the season has only just started. Congratulations to Timo and the entire BMW Team RMG on this great result.“

Marco Wittmann has the opportunity to erase the memory of his mixed start to the season in two weeks‘ time, when the second race weekend of the season will be held at the Lausitzring.