23. September 2018

Wittmann out of luck again at Spielberg

The second race day at the Red Bull Ring did not bring much good fortune for Marco Wittmann. Good racing conditions and his fighting spirit were not enough as the BMW DTM driver could only finish in 14th place.

Wittmann’s BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM had already been off the pace in qualifying and he had no chance of claiming a position at the front of the grid. The two-time champion started the race from 17th place and tried everything as he attempted to battle through the field. He made an early pit stop on lap six but that tactic did not help given the way the race unfolded. A top-ten finish proved unattainable as Wittmann crossed the line in 14th place. Joel Eriksson, Wittmann’s team-mate Timo Glock and Philipp Eng all managed to scored points for BMW on Sunday.

“We just didn’t have the performance to get into the top 10 today“, said Wittmann. “After qualifying, we made an early stop in the race and gambled on having a safety car phase. That didn’t happen. That finished off our chances of finishing higher up. Overall, it was a disappointing day. It’s Hockenheim up next, where I’d like to do better to round off the season.”

Races 17 and 18 constituted the penultimate DTM weekend of the 2018 season. The grand finale will take place from 12th to 14th October, at the Hockenheimring.