09. September 2018

Podium for Marco Wittmann at second home race of the season

Having just missed out on the podium with a fifth-place finish in the first event at the Nürburgring, Marco Wittmann finally reached the rostrum in Sunday’s second DTM race. Starting from ninth place, the 2014 and 2016 DTM champion gave a near-perfect chasing performance in his BMW Team RMG’s home race and claimed third place in the overall standings.

Wittmann was able to move up a place right at the start. He then continued to work his way through the field. The Franconian driver benefited from an incident between his team-mate Timo Glock and Mercedes driver Lucas Auer. From fourth place just a few laps from the end, Wittmann was able to overtake his BMW colleague Bruno Spengler. Wittmann then attempted to catch the two drivers still ahead of him but had to be content with third place – a more than satisfying result for the BMW driver.

“Starting from ninth, our objective to move up as far as possible”, said Wittmann. “I managed to do that. Of course, you want to top the podium at your team’s home race but René Rast simply did a good job. We were a bit out of touch in the early phases. The first section of the race was extremely turbulent. I got into a few tricky positions and then lost a place to Paul di Resta. I was then able to work my way gradually back up. Of course, everyone benefited from the incident between Timo Glock and Lucas Auer. Overall, I am completely satisfied with third place. I drove a clean race and was close to the lead.”

The competition continues in just two weeks, when the DTM enters the home stretch with the penultimate race weekend of the season at Spielberg.