30. August 2018

Wittmann’s second home event brings back fond memories

Two wins and a total of four podium finishes speak for themselves: the Nürburgring is without doubt one of the tracks on which Marco Wittmann has had most success. In 2014 and 2016, his success at the iconic circuit in the Eifel region of Germany paved the way for his subsequent title win, and he was back on the podium again last season. However, the impressive figures in the statistics books are not the only reason Wittmann is particularly looking forward to the eighth DTM race weekend of the year, and the Nürburgring in particular. “It is the home race for BMW Team RMG,” said the two-time DTM champion. “As such, it has become something of a second home for me.”

The Franconian enjoyed an unforgettable race weekend at his first home, the Norisring, this season. Victory and third place emphatically brought an end to Wittmann’s curse on the street circuit and catapulted him up the DTM Drivers’ Championship. Just seven points separated Wittmann from the top of the standings by the time the DTM circus travelled from Nuremberg to Zandvoort. That gap has now grown to 74 points and the dream of a third title seems nothing more than theoretical for Wittmann. However, anyone who knows the German also knows that giving up is not an option. 168 points are up for grabs at the remaining three race weekends, and the schedule plays into Wittmann’s hands: “With the Nürburgring, Spielberg and then the Hockenheim, we now head to circuits that have suited us and been good to us in the past.”

The rain-dominated seventh race weekend in Misano gave the teams and drivers the perfect opportunity to prepare for the conditions at the Nürburgring. Erratic weather conditions are far from the exception in the Eifel Mountains, where the weather can change within minutes. While the Nürburgring can largely attribute its global fame to the Nordschleife, the DTM will race on the shorter Grand Prix layout. BMW M Motorsport will reach a very special milestone in the Eifel: the race on Sunday will be the manufacturer’s 100th since returning to the DTM in 2012.

DTM TV partner SAT.1 will broadcast live from 13:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The races start at 13:30 on both days. The qualifying sessions at 11:15 on Saturday and 11:20 on Sunday, all free practices, and the races themselves will be streamed live on www.dtm.com and on the official DTM app.