07. Juli 2019

No house party

What bad luck at the home event at the Norisring: Marco Wittmann had worked his way into fifth place in the race on Sunday in Nuremberg. There were only a few laps to go. Then it all changed. He had to return his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM to the box with a technical defect. Early end – no house party.

The weather was great. And so was the atmosphere. And the fans had made the pilgrimage to the Norisring in droves as usual, to marvel at the local hero and their heroes. But it wasn’t meant to be for whatever reason this weekend in terms of sporting achievement. After eighth place in the first race on a sunny Saturday, the major disappointment followed 24 hours later. Wittmann was in fifth place when he was forced to return to the pit in front of his home audience. It was all over, the dream of another win. Disappointed, he grasped at his helmet with both hands in the car: the gesture of the weekend from Wittmann’s perspective.

But BMW still had reason to celebrate. Bruno Spengler won the race at the Norisring for the 5thtime in his career – which makes him the sole record winner in Nuremberg. “Retiring right before the end is really frustrating,” said Wittmann. “Something went wrong with the car at the end, I didn’t have any power left. What a messed-up weekend at my home race. But it was another great event. The flair, all the fans supporting me, my fan club, my family – it is unique. Bruno Spengler did a great job, congratulations on the win.”

Wittmann will go on the attack again in 14 days, when the next two races of the season will be held in Assen.