11. August 2019

One point and focus now fully on the Lausitzring

It was a disappointing Sunday for Marco Wittmann: After taking victory in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM on Saturday in the first of the two races at Brands Hatch, he had to settle for tenth place just one day later. Things did not go to plan in qualifying, and the two-time DTM champion was this time unable to make up much ground in the race itself.

Wittmann started Sunday’s race at Brands Hatch from twelfth on the grid. The BMW Team RMG driver pitted early from sixth place. This was followed by a move that surprised the crowd on the outskirts of London: When a slow zone was established due to a stationary car, Wittmann opted to come back into the pits to change his tyres. The 2014 and 2016 DTM champion took a big risk, which ultimately went unrewarded, with Wittmann eventually coming home in tenth place.

“We started badly in qualifying,” said Wittmann. “We had no pace compared to Audi. The race was basically a similar story. They were able to cover us, no matter what strategy we opted for. My second stop was definitely a mistake. We were running sixth to that point, and had to settle for tenth in the end. We were not able to make up the time we lost. It was worth a try, but we missed out on a lot of points. That is disappointing.”

The DTM now heads to the Lausitzring, where races 13 and 14 of the season will take place on 24th and 25th August.