22. August 2020

Giving up is not an option

After a good first weekend, Marco Wittmann is now competing in the second round of the Lausitzring double-header. In Saturday’s race, he finished fifth in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM.

The morning of the third race day saw thunderclouds gathering over the Lausitzring and they released a downpour to herald the start of qualifying. Today’s objective for Wittmann and his BMW Team RMG was already clear: record an even better result than they achieved in the Lausitz region last weekend. Wittmann secured fifth place on the grid, a good starting point for the race. Thanks to a good start and an early pit stop, he was able to move up to second place for a period. However, tyre problems saw Wittmann lose places again to finish in fifth position.

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 5th, Race: 5th, Drivers’ standings: 5th, 38 points): 

“Fifth place in qualifying and fifth in the race, that’s pretty normal overall. The Audis remain the dominant force, even here. Our good pit stop strategy made us competitive for a time but to be honest, you have to say that the gap we see in qualifying is also reflected in the race. We are driving at the limit but the Audi guys are maybe able to take care of the tyres a bit better. You notice that at the end of the race with the increased wear and when the tyre deteriorates. That is quite a difficult situation for us and we will have to make sure that we improve our performance as much as possible, otherwise our chance is gone. But we are not giving up.”

With these words, a motivated Marco Wittmann is ready for the race Sunday at the Lausitzring.

You can find further information and some thrilling behind-the-scenes insights on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. The two-time DTM champion keeps you up to date on Instagram under @wittmannracing and Facebook @MarcoWittmannOfficial.