The battle for the podium

15. August 2020 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Things are looking up again for Marco Wittmann’s 2020 DTM after a difficult season opener. In the first Saturday race of the double-header at the Lausitzring, he finished in fourth with his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. He was pushing for the third spot on the podium down to the wire.

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that you had accidently ended up in the tropics rather than at the Lausitzring. The heat is oppressive in Lusatia, which makes it no mean feat to push a race car to the limit here. Wittmann qualified sixth on Saturday morning. The goal for him and BMW Team RMG was to move further up the field in the race which they achieved, with Wittmann moving up into fourth place during the race. In the closing stages, he piled the pressure on Robin Frijns in third place. Wittmann ended up missing out on his first podium of the season, still in its early days, by just three-tenths of a second.

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 6th, Race: 4th, Drivers’ standings: 9th, 13 points):

“I think we can be very pleased with today’s result,” was Wittmann’s conclusion. “If everything had gone perfectly, I might even have made it onto the podium, but when you think where we were at Spa-Francorchamps, we can definitely build on our performance today. I was a little unlucky with the traffic in qualifying, but we were able to keep up with the pace of the Audis over the whole race. Hopefully we will be able to reinforce that in the upcoming races.”

Wittmann congratulated his BMW driver colleague Sheldon van der Linde, who finished second to claim the first podium of his DTM career.

Further information and insights can be obtained on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. On Instagram at @wittmannracing and on Facebook @MarcoWittmannOfficial the two-time DTM champion will keep you up to date.