Sailing toward the highlight of the season: Marco Wittmann ahead of debut in Misano

22. August 2018 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

A night race, a spectacular guest start and a debut on the race calendar: When the lights go green at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli at 22:30 CEST on Saturday, the DTM will start one of the most spectacular race weekends of the whole season. For the first time in its long tradition, the DTM will hold a night race, which also sees the series celebrate its debut in Misano.

So, it’s a novelty in two respects for Marco Wittmann – but this by no means diminishes his anticipation – quite the contrary: “I’m looking forward to Misano,” said Wittmann. “It’s new ground for me, and a track on which I will have to try and find my rhythm as quickly as possible. But I think that in general the whole event will be a spectacle: It is the first night race in the DTM, and the whole routine will be different.”

The number of BMW drivers at the season highlight in Misano will also be different. Instead of the usual six BMW M4 DTM, seven will take to the track in Italy. Alessandro Zanardi, BMW brand ambassador, will make his guest start in the DTM in front of his home crowd. The Italian has always been a great inspiration for Wittmann. “I’m also looking forward to Alex Zanardi being on board with us and contesting the two DTM races. It will be a very special moment for him and especially for his fans.”

Wittmann heads to the Adriatic coast in Italy as third in the championship and the best BMW driver at present. His position is due to an impressive catch-up in the Sunday race at Brands Hatch. Starting the race from ninth on the grid, the two-time DTM champion fought his way up into fifth place, and in doing so overtook his team-mate Timo Glock in the driver’s standings.

The schedule has been pushed back slightly by the night race. The first free practice session on Friday gets underway at 21:30 CEST. The qualifying sessions on Saturday and Sunday start at 20:00 CEST. Both races get underway at 22:30 CEST on Saturday and Sunday.

German TV channel Kabel1 will show the two races live, starting at 22:15 CEST. The qualifying sessions, like all free practice sessions and the races will be shown via a live stream on the website and in the official DTM app.