Here we go again: Wittmann ready for the new DTM season

29. April 2019 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The curtain-raiser to the new turbo era: This weekend’s opening round of the season in Hockenheim marks the start of a new era for Marco Wittmann and BMW Motorsport. For the first time, the two-time DTM champion will line up in a car modified in accordance with Class 1 regulations – the turbocharged Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM.

As you would expect, Wittmann is very excited about getting back down to business:

“After the long winter break, I am looking forward to getting started and finally seeing the fans at the racetrack again. Hockenheim will undoubtedly be as brilliant as ever. I think we can look forward to an exciting start to the season, particularly as we enter this new era with the new engines and a new third manufacturer in Aston Martin,” said Wittmann.

The 2019 BMW M4 DTM is powered by the newly-developed, 600-hp, two-litre R4 turbo engine – the P48. The switch to turbo power units is one of several new features in the DTM. The aerodynamics have also been modified and the weight of the car reduced. Furthermore, the push-to-pass system has been introduced, which allows drivers to briefly call on a boost of power for overtaking manoeuvres. As such, there is a lot of new territory for drivers, fans and teams to discover ahead of the opening round of the DTM season in Hockenheim.

“We will also see what the actual balance of power is there. Not everyone showed all their cards at the test at the Lausitzring. When it comes down to it, the first time everything is revealed will be in qualifying in Hockenheim. Then we will see how fast we really are,” said Wittmann, who has fond memories of the Hockenheimring. He finished runner-up there in the final race of last season.

DTM TV partner SAT.1 will be live from 13:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The races begin at 13:30 on both days.