08. September 2018

Wittmann in the points at Saturday’s Nürburgring race

Marco Wittmann scored some important points in the first DTM race at the home event for his BMW Team RMG at the Nürburgring. The two-time champion finished in fifth place, missing out on the podium, but scored some important points in the battle for the title.

Marco Wittmann recorded the fifth-fastest qualifying time in his BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM and before the race, it was clear that he intended to improve on that position. The early laps saw a thrilling battle with Mercedes driver Lucas Auer, which forced him to make an early pit stop. The field settled down again once all 18 drivers had completed their mandatory pit stop. Towards the end, Wittmann’s tyres lost a bit of grip and he was unable to continue battling Timo Glock for fourth place. He crossed the finishing line in fifth position.

“I had a good start to the race and I had actually passed Lucas Auer before he clipped me in the first turn. We were able to get ahead of him thanks to the early pit stop but that’s not what we had planned. The tyres were a bit too old by the end of the race and we couldn’t apply any more pressure. Fifth place was the best result we could achieve in the end.”

Saturday’s race also went according to place for Wittmann’s other BMW team-mates. As well as Glock, Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus scored points for BMW by finishing second and ninth. The second race on Sunday starts at the usual time of 13:30. The serious stuff starts at 11:15, when the drivers will be battling to set the fastest laps time in the second qualifying session.