08. Juni 2019

From zero to hero

Marco Wittmann took a sensational victory in Saturday’s DTM race in Misano. Starting from last place on the grid, he produced a stunning fightback in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, charging through the field to claim the 13th DTM win of his career.

Wittmann was unfortunate last time out in Zolder, when a safety car phase denied him a top result. However, the tables turned this time for the BMW Team RMG driver. Having said that, Saturday did not get off to a great start: A technical issue prevented him from setting a timed lap in qualifying. As a result, Wittmann was forced to start the race from the back of the grid. Wittmann adopted the attitude that ‘when you are at the back, you have nothing to lose’ and came in for his mandatory pit stop on the opening lap. This time, it was his turn to benefit when the safety car was deployed again. With every pit stop his rivals made, he climbed further up the field, until he eventually found himself leading the race.

All that remained was for Wittmann to look after his tyres, which were under huge strain in the summer heat. However, Wittmann paced his race superbly to bring the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM home in first place.

“I am really happy. What a fantastic race“, Wittmann said. „Particularly after the misfortune in both races in Zolder – Lady Luck was on our side again today. I was obviously very disappointed not to have set a lap time in qualifying. We had to take a huge risk, as I started the race from last place. We stopped early, without knowing for certain whether we could complete the full race on just one set of tyres. The final five or six laps were obviously critical, but it worked out in the end and we won the race. That is fantastic, particularly for my team, who had to pull out all the stops to get the car ready for the race after qualifying. I’d like to thank my team: That was simply superb!”

Wittmann reaches a special milestone in Misano tomorrow: He starts his 100th DTM race at 13:30.