|14. Oktober 2018||Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »|
After the penultimate race of the 2018 DTM came to a premature end with a retirement for Marco Wittmann on Saturday, he brought the curtain down on the season with a positive result in the final race on Sunday. Starting from pole position, the 2014 and 2016 champion put on an excellent display to finish runner-up behind Audi driver René Rast. Wittmann was far from unhappy with his second place.
“I am very happy with second place, particularly after the bad day we had yesterday“, said Wittmann. “The guys worked extremely hard and I was able to thank them with pole position and second place. Unfortunately, we came up just short of taking the win, but René was simply a bit too quick today. The podium is still a nice way to end the season.”
Wittmann surrendered the lead to Rast shortly after the start. However, he performed strongly against the eventual DTM champion Gary Paffett and moved into second place shortly after his pit stop – a position he defended intelligently to the end of the race. With 164 points, Wittmann is the best-placed BMW driver in fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship.
The other five BMW drivers also had cause for celebration. All six drivers finished in the top ten in the final race of the season. In doing so, they secured second place in the Manufacturers Championship. Mercedes completed the title treble, winning all three competitions before bidding farewell to the DTM. As of next season, Aston Martin will join BMW and Audi on the starting grid. The excitement resumes on 3rd May 2019, when the wheels turn again in the DTM.