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For Marco Wittmann and his BMW DTM colleagues, this weekend in the Eifel region marks the start of the final spurt of the 2019 season, when the penultimate race event of the year will be held at the Nürburgring. For Wittmann’s BMW Team RMG, races number 15 and 16 of the season are a real home event; the team HQ in Andernach is located just a few kilometres away from the Nürburgring.
Since the founding of the race series in 1984, the iconic track has been a permanent fixture on the DTM race calendar. The Hockenheimring is the only track to have hosted more races, and only because both the season opener and season finale have been held there for many years now. Like last year, the races will take place on the 3.629-kilometre short version of the Grand Prix track.
Wittmann, in third place overall with 167 points, is currently the best-ranked BMW driver in the DTM driver’s standings. After a difficult weekend for BMW at the Lausitzring, the two-time DTM champion now wants to pull out all the stops and make things really difficult for the two leading Audi drivers René Rast (234 points) and Nico Müller (214 points).
“I hope that we will be in a stronger position again at the Nürburgring,” said Wittmann. “It’s a track that has always suited us really well in the past, and me personally. We have celebrated a few wins at BMW Team RMG’s home event in the past as well. I’ve known the track for a long time through the DTM, 24-hour races and the VLN. So I’m looking forward to the weekend and hope that we will be able to bring home good results.”
One thing is clear, despite the deficit: Giving up is not an option for Marco Wittmann.
DTM TV partner SAT.1 will be broadcasting live from 13:00 CEST on both Saturday and Sunday. The races get underway at 13:30 CEST on both days.