23. Juni 2019

Disappointing 24-hour race for Wittmann

Marco Wittmann and the ROWE Racing team suffered a bitter disappointment in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Before he could even enter the action in the #99 BMW M6 GT3 at the iconic highlight of the GT season, all hopes of victory had already been dashed for Wittmann. The reason for this was a collision with another car, just one hour into the race.

“After the victory in VLN1 and the good 6-hour qualifying race, we arrived in the Eifel with high expectations,” said Wittmann. “As such, our BoP classification compared to other cars was particularly sobering, as was qualifying. When you start the race from 20th place, as we did, then you have to take big risks at the start in order to climb through the field. That proved our downfall in the race.”

Only for the first of the 24 hours was Wittmann able to dream of his first podium at the GT classic in the “Green Hell”. After that, fate turned against the 29-year-old and his ROWE crew. Upon leaving the pit lane, there was a crucial collision between Wittmann’s team-mate Jesse Krohn and a Porsche, which resulted in a bent wishbone. After about an hour of repair work, the car did head back out onto the track – but only briefly. When the second ROWE Racing car was forced to retire with a faulty radiator, the team from St. Ingbert decided to withdraw the #99 BMW M6 GT3 too.

“The retirement is obviously a great shame,” said Wittmann. “A lot of work and preparation goes into a 24-hour race – from the drivers, the mechanics and the entire team, who I must thank for their commitment. My focus now shifts entirely to my home DTM race at the Norisring, where I am looking to win again, as I did last year.”

Wittmann’s home event takes place from 5th to 7th July in the heart of Nuremberg. Last year, the Franconian claimed a highly-acclaimed home win.