06. Juli 2019

Home race with obstacles

The expectations going into Marco Wittmann’s home race were great, following his victory in the Sunday race in 2018. The stone grandstand at the Norisring: A wall of green, bathed in the colours of the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Many fans had come to see the home hero on the podium again. In the end, however, he had to settle for eighth place on the streets of Nuremberg. However, the Sunday race is still to come – and that was a triumphant affair for Wittmann last year.

Things did not go entirely to plan for the local boy in qualifying, which Wittmann ended in seventh place. A grid penalty for a number of drivers ultimately resulted in the two-time DTM champion starting his home race from sixth place.

The Norisring: A circuit, at which you can expect crashes and safety car phases. Wittmann and his team were counting on it. This proved to be a clever tactic, as the safety car did indeed make an early appearance. Wittmann was in the pit lane at the time, which should actually have been an advantage. However, his car was unable to match the pace of the leaders. Furthermore, the tyres started to wear dramatically towards the end of the race, leaving the 2014 and 2016 champion without a chance.

“That is not the result I was hoping for from my home race. However, we have a second day tomorrow,” said Wittmann. And a second chance, as tomorrow is Sunday again – perhaps a winning Sunday, like last year?