15. Juli 2018

Wittmann unlucky in Sunday’s race in Zandvoort

Marco Wittmann came away empty handed from the tenth DTM race of the season in Zandvoort. The two-time DTM champion experienced an unfortunate Sunday race in which tyre damage forced him to drop down the field while he was on track to finish in the points.

“I had a good start, and the first lap was okay,” said Wittmann. “We were able to work our way up into the points from twelfth on the grid. So, despite the difficult starting position, we would definitely have been able to pick up points today.”

After securing twelfth place on the grid for his BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM in qualifying, Wittmann managed to make up two places at the start, before completing his mandatory pit stop on lap eight. Subsequently, Wittmann battled hard for the positions in the chasing pack and was in ninth place at one point. Around 20 minutes before the end of the race, a safety car phase made for more excitement and pushed the field back together. However, Wittmann was unable to benefit from this. Then, when the racing action resumed, the man from Franconia fell victim to incredibly bad luck.

“Unfortunately, Loic Duval pushed me into Edoardo Mortara’s car at the restart. I braked as hard as possible, but we got entangled. This resulted in tyre damage for me,” said Wittmann, who finished the race in 17th place.

For the first time since the Saturday race in Budapest, Wittmann came away empty handed and lost valuable points in the table for the driver’s standings. Halfway through the season, he is in fourth place with 98 points. The sixth race weekend will be held in Brands Hatch on 11th and 12th August.