05. Mai 2019

Pole, victory, and now points

After yesterday’s emphatic performance, with pole position and then victory, the racing gods were not on the side of the two-time DTM champion in Sunday’s second race in Hockenheim: After a bungled start and a spin, through no fault of his own, Marco Wittmann eventually had to settle for eighth place.

 

Despite this, the BMW Team RMG driver can move on to the next DTM event in Zolder (18th/19th May) with a big smile on his face. After all, Wittmann and the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM made history in Hockenheim. Victory in the opening race earned his place in the DTM history books as the first winner in the new turbo era.

 

Day two in Hockenheim began promisingly. In good conditions, Wittmann secured second place on the grid, behind fellow BMW driver Philipp Eng. However, the two-time champion did not make a great start and found himself back in fourth place. He was then spun by a rival car on lap ten. That dropped Wittmann back to last place, from where he fought his way back through the field. “We opted for an early pit stop, to make up some positions,” he said. “We managed that, thanks to our good pace. However, when you stop that early, you have no chance at the end. All the same, I did manage to finish eighth and pick up points. It is a shame, because we had the pace to be right up there today.”

 

The turbo DTM returns to action in two weeks with races three and four of the season in Zolder, Belgium. The circuit is new territory for many DTM drivers, but Wittmann knows it from his time in Formula BMW.