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Marco Wittmann is using the four-week break from the DTM to take on the biggest challenging facing man and machine on the GT racing scene. The two-time DTM champion will line up alongside Nick Catsburg, John Edwards and Jesse Krohn in the #99 ROWE Racing car at the 24-hour race on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife. 160 cars, roughly 600 drivers and 200,000 spectators make the “Eifel marathon” on the 25.378-kilometre combination of the Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit a unique event – and Wittmann cannot wait.
“The 24h race at the Nürburgring is always a spectacle and a highlight with all those fans. It is simply a unique atmosphere and I am really looking forward to it,” says Wittmann.
The 29-year-old will be making his sixth appearance in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. His best result so far came in 2017, when the German ended the race in fourth place. Wittmann believes he can help pull off the big coup this year.
“We have prepared really well and finished first and fourth in the two VLN races that I have competed in,” says Wittmann. “I believe that we have a good set-up and our objective is clear: it’s time to win.”
Wittmann’s team-mates Krohn and Edwards also impressed in May’s qualifying race: They finished second to guarantee the car will bear the sought-after blue light, which, in the fiercely-competitive field, makes it easier for the fastest GT3 cars to lap slower cars – particularly in the night – and also underlines the team’s ambition.
In total, 45 BMW race cars have registered for the 24-hour race. These include the latest Customer Racing cars, the BMW M4 GT4 and BMW M240i Racing, and many other BMW models, run by private teams from all over the world. The 47th ADAC Zurich 24h Race gets underway at 15:30 on Saturday 22nd June. RTL NITRO will broadcast all the race action, non-stop, through to the finish at 15:30 on Sunday 23rd June.