Aiming for the “home podium” at the Norisring

18. Juni 2018 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann could not have prepared better for his appearance in his home race at the Norisring. Victory in the second race in Budapest was just the right motivation for the two-time DTM champion, who dreams of recording his first podium finish, or even his first win, in his “living room”. The “home podium” mission has begun!

“Of course I have expectations but these are positive. It is lovely to be coming off a win ahead of the race at the Norisring. That really does feel good. After rounding off a tricky weekend in Budapest with 25 points, it is nice to have my home race coming up next. I am really looking forward to it,” says the Franconian driver, who grew up in Fürth, just a decent bike ride distant from the famous street circuit with the historic stone grandstand in the centre of Nuremberg. “I think I am the only driver who has a real home race, living so close to the track. Knowing that all the fans, the fan club, my family and friends will be there really spurs me on.”

The two events on the fourth race weekend of the 2018 DTM season will be the ninth and tenth races in which the BMW driver has competed at his home circuit. So far, his best results have been two fourth places in 2016 and 2017. “I still have a score to settle with the Norisring and the podium there. It was a close-run thing last year, but we are gradually improving at the Norisring and I hope that we manage to reach the podium this year. The podium finishes he hopes for would help the Franconian driver to move up in the overall standings. Currently, he is in fifth place with 51 points. He is separated from the leader, his BMW team-mate Timo Glock (90 points) by 31 points and three Mercedes drivers.

Spectators will be able to watch the two DTM races this weekend, as well as a supporting programme full of top-level motorsport at the “Monaco of the DTM”. The speedy youngsters from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will be racing on the circuit, which may look simple but poses many challenges for the drivers. There is no margin for error between the stone walls, where the drivers will also be competing in the FHR 100 Mile Trophy. The Classic series began in 2017 and features GT and racing cars built between 1966 and 1988.

The new TV partner SAT.1 will broadcasting live from 13:00 on Saturday and Sunday. On both days, the races begin at 13:30. The qualifying sessions on Saturday and Sunday (11:20), as well as the free practice sessions and the races, will all be streamed live on the website and in the official DTM app.