Pick yourself up, adjust your crown, and off to the “Cathedral of Speed”

15. Juli 2019 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

There is no question about it: Marco Wittmann had envisaged his home outing at the Norisring panning out completely differently. Four points – that was the meager points haul for the German, who was once again plagued by misfortune at the Norisring. As such, Wittmann and BMW Team RMG will be pleased that the next DTM race is only a few days away, leaving them little time to dwell on what might have been. Instead, they must look ahead. To Assen, to be precise. To a circuit that has never before hosted the DTM, resulting in a degree of uncertainty among the drivers and teams. “Assen is completely new territory for me. I have never driven there before, and BMW has never been there with the DTM,” says Wittmann. “As such, there are still a lot of question marks. I am only familiar with the layout and am preparing using the simulator.”

Although the DTM has never raced in Assen, motorsport has a long tradition there. The first motorcycle race was held there back in 1925. The races were initially held on public roads, before “TT Circuit Assen” was opened in 1955. Also known as the “Cathedral of Speed”, the circuit is specially designed for motorcycles but also hosts car races. The track has a flowing layout, on which Wittmann’s Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM can take full advantage of its Turbo Power. The circuit is known for its high speeds and a number of really quick corners. The fast layout of the track is interrupted by a hairpin.

Despite the many question marks, Wittmann has good reason to feel positive ahead of the fifth DTM race weekend of the season. “I have never struggled at new tracks in the past. A new circuit on the calendar is always a new challenge for a driver. I hope we can close the gap on the front-runners again there.”

DTM TV partner SAT.1 will broadcast live from 13:00 on both Saturday and Sunday. The two races begin at 13:30.