03. Juni 2018

Wittmann wins chaotic race at the Hungaroring

Race two at the Hungaroring, near Budapest, was a thriller. In the end, Marco Wittmann was left celebrating the tenth DTM victory of his career.

After a disappointing qualifying and 14th place on the grid, Wittmann and BMW Team RMG opted for an early pit stop in race number six of the 2018 DTM season, switching to wet-weather tyres after the first drops of rain had started to fall shortly beforehand. The other drivers increasingly had to deal with difficult conditions, which were also responsible for a number of accidents in the pit lane. The injured marshal and team members were treated immediately, while the race was suspended.

After the re-start behind the safety car, the leading cars still had to come in for their mandatory pit stop at some point in the remaining 28 minutes. Having already overtaken fellow BMW driver Philipp Eng, 2014 and 2016 DTM champion Wittmann gradually climbed through the field and eventually won race two of the weekend with a comfortable lead. Wittmann was joined on the podium by Timo Glock and Eng in second and third place.

“My team brought me in for my tyre change on the right lap, when it started to rain and the conditions were deteriorating,” said Wittmann. “The pit lane was very slippery. I too went slightly too far. I saw photos and videos of the accidents afterwards. That obviously takes the shine off the win. I hope the guys are doing ok, under the circumstances, and that they have not suffered any serious injuries. That aside, my team pulled off a masterstroke with the timing of the pit stop. In the end, the race suspension and the re-start played into our hands. To score 25 points from 14th on the grid today, after yesterday’s result, is mega.”