10. August 2019

Pole and victory: A perfect Saturday

Marco Wittmann won Saturday’s DTM race at Brands Hatch. Starting from pole position in the English county of Kent, Wittmann guided the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM to a commanding victory, which rarely looked under threat. This was the German’s fourth win of the season.

In qualifying, Wittmann and BMW Team RMG once again demonstrated their perfect sense of timing. In difficult, unsettled conditions, the 2014 and 2016 champion raced to the fastest lap shortly before the end of the session on a track that was still damp in places. In doing so, Wittmann secured pole number four of the season and took his career total to 14 pole positions. There followed a short break before the start of the race.

Wittmann dropped back to second place, but race leader Paul di Resta (Aston Martin) was handed a pit stop penalty for a false start. The two-time DTM champion came into the pits on lap 15. His team once again did a fast and flawless job of getting the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM back out onto the track. Just a few minutes later, Wittmann moved into the virtual lead. Once all the cars had pitted, he was indeed leading the race, and went on to cross the finish line in first place.

“That was another perfect Saturday for me. Pole, victory and maximum points – that is fantastic, and something of a rarity,” said Wittmann. “Given the conditions, it was just a case of getting as much out of today as possible, as the track was both wet and dry in qualifying. That was true in the race too, as it started to drizzle shortly before the start. However, we held our nerve and did the job correctly with a good strategy. We were able to open a lead, then maintain that lead and secure the win. I am overjoyed. That is our goal for the coming races too. We want to keep this up and score points, points and more points – more than our rivals. We have done a very good job of that in the last three races.”

Everyone starts from scratch again tomorrow at Brands Hatch, as the circuit to the south-east of London hosts the second and final race of the weekend.