07. August 2019

On to England, with momentum on Wittmann’s side

Victory and second place: The DTM race weekend in Assen undoubtedly belonged to Marco Wittmann. The two-time champion returned to the title race with victory on the Saturday and an impressive fightback in the Sunday race. In doing so, Wittmann cut the gap to championship leader René Rast from 56 to 40 points. The 40-point deficit with eight remaining races makes the maths easy for Wittmann: He must gain an average of five points per race between now and the end of the season in order to celebrate his third title.

Wittmann’s next opportunity to close the gap comes this weekend at Brands Hatch. He will be looking to back up his latest masterclass in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM and carry on where he left off in Assen when he takes to the track on the outskirts of London.

“The momentum is on our side after the Assen weekend. I scored more points than anyone else there,” says Wittmann, who is currently the best-placed BMW driver in third place overall. “I am looking forward to travelling to England. The layout at Brands Hatch is a little bit similar to Assen – particularly the fast corners leading into the forest section. However, the track is far narrower and it is probably more difficult to overtake there. I am looking forward to the weekend and the longer Grand Prix circuit, on which we drove last year. We hope to be able to carry the momentum from Assen into Brands Hatch and make up more ground on the leaders.”

The schedule for Brands Hatch is more compact than at other DTM race weekends: The on-track action is all compressed into just two days. First up is a free practice on Saturday morning, followed by qualifying and then the first of the two races at 13:30 local time (14:30 CET). Sunday kicks off with the second qualifying session, before race two gets underway at 13:30 local time.

DTM TV Partner SAT.1 will broadcast live from 14:00 on both Saturday and Sunday. The races both begin at 14:30 (CET).