06. August 2018

Back to Brands: Wittmann travels to England with fond memories

Marco Wittmann heads to England for the sixth race weekend of this year’s DTM, which kicks off the second half of the season, with fond memories and plenty of motivation. Brands Hatch Circuit hosts races eleven and twelve of the 2018 DTM. The trip to the English county of Kent evokes some very special memories for Wittmann. Memories of his early days in the DTM. “In my rookie year in 2013, Brands Hatch was the second DTM race I ever drove in,” says Wittmann. “Sure, we were on the shorter layout back then, but I finished fourth and so have fond memories of the circuit.”

The German does not have such fond memories of the last race weekend in Zandvoort. After a rather meagre points hall courtesy of seventh place in the Saturday race, Wittmann ended Sunday’s second race empty-handed following an unfortunate puncture. As a result, he lost ground in the race for the title. At the halfway point of the season, the Franconian is currently fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with 98 points – 50 points behind championship leader Gary Paffett.

This has only served to make Wittmann all the more motivated as he travels to Brands, as the circuit is often known. As well as being focussed on making up ground in the championship, there is also an air of anticipation in the Wittmann camp. “I am pleased that the DTM is returning to England and am looking forward to the longer circuit, on which I have not yet driven. I hope we will be among the front-runners again there and, in particular, that we can put some pressure on Mercedes.”

The races at Brands Hatch will be held on the 3.908-kilometre Grand Prix Circuit. The circuit is particularly popular among spectators, as the race action can be easily followed from the stands. The track undulates like a rollercoaster and is regarded as very challenging by the drivers.

The schedule at the iconic British circuit is more compact than at the other race weekends on the DTM calendar. First up on Saturday morning are two free practice sessions. These are followed by qualifying and then the first of the two races at 13:30 local time (14:30 CEST). Sunday, as usual, features the third free practice, second qualifying and, at 13:30 local time, race two.

DTM TV partner SAT.1 will, as usual, broadcast both races live. The qualifying sessions, all free practices and the races themselves will be shown on the www.dtm.com website and streamed live on the official DTM app.