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He is the man for first-time wins: At Hockenheim, Marco Wittmann was victorious in the first DTM race of the new turbo era. He has followed that up in Assen by winning the first race of the series to be held at the “Cathedral of Speed”. After securing pole position in the morning, the two-time champion claimed a vital victory in the rain.
His fans only briefly had reason to worry: After all the drivers had completed their mandatory pit stops, Wittmann was “only” in second place, just behind his rival Nico Müller (Audi). However, he was able to pass the Audi driver and defended his lead – which he had previously held for the entire duration of the race – until the finishing line. Switching early to wet-weather tyres, the strategy chosen by his BMW Team RMG, really paid off.
“Coming back like this to claim pole position and the win after the difficult race weekend at the Norisring is just magnificent. The conditions were anything but easy. We had plenty of question marks about how the set-up and the car would work in the wet. But everything went just fine. The two Audis put me under pressure from time to time but I was able to build up a comfortable lead by the end. This victory is just great.”
The second DTM event in Assen takes place tomorrow. The tenth race of the season is scheduled for Sunday.