Difficult race Sunday for Marco Wittmann at the Nürburgring

15. September 2019 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann did not enjoy the best of luck on the second day of racing at the Nürburgring. Having finished third in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM to reach the podium on Saturday, he retired during the closing stage of his 100th race for the BMW Team RMG due to a technical problem.

Once again, it proved impossible to beat the competition from Audi during qualifying, with Wittmann recording the eighth-fastest time behind his team-mate Timo Glock. The 2014 and 2016 champion then displayed his driving skills during the race as he progressed through the field. However, a technical problem on lap 27 shattered any aspirations of achieving another top ten finish. Wittmann initially attempted to complete the race but had to head for the pits in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM on lap 30.

“The opening phase was really good and we were mixing it up with the Audis”, said Wittmann. “However, we didn’t have the pace to make more progress. I was focusing more on the second stint as I knew that we would then have had fresher tyres. The technical defect at the end was very disappointing, especially as this was my 100th race for the BMW team RMG.”

Audi driver René Rast finished in second place to confirm his victory in the drivers’ championship. Marco Wittmann remains the best-placed BMW driver, in third place with 182 points. Wittmann may no longer be able to reach first place in the overall standings, but the 29-year-old is certainly aiming to finish the 2019 season as strongly as possible. He will have the chance to do that in three weeks, when the DTM finale takes place at the Hockenheimring.