28. September 2020

Marco Wittmann narrowly misses out on podium at Nürburgring 24 Hours

Marco Wittmann just missed out on a place on the podium at the 48th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Together with his three team-mates Philipp Eng, Lucas Auer and Tom Blomqvist, Wittmann crossed the finish line in fourth place at the wheel of the #98 ROWE BMW M6 GT3. Wittmann, who had qualified eighth for the Eifel classic, had previously been challenging for third place for much of the race.

The 50th anniversary of the Nürburgring 24 Hours was dominated by adverse weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and poor visibility mean the race had to be suspended for roughly nine hours on Saturday night. At this point, Wittmann and his team were running twelfth. As the track started to dry out, the BMW teams upped their pace and closed in on the leaders. Towards the end of the race, Wittmann was embroiled in a lengthy battle for third place with Augusto Farfus in the #42 BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer. Unfortunately, a time penalty then dashed any hopes of a place on the podium.

The second ROWE Racing car did have cause for celebration. Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly took overall victory in the #99 BMW M6 GT3 to present BMW with a historic triumph. 50 years after the first overall victory in the inaugural race in 1970, this was the 20th time a BMW had crossed the finish line in first place.

Wittmann, for whom this was the third race weekend in a row at the Nürburgring, now heads to Zolder with the DTM the weekend after next.

You can find more information and fascinating behind-the-scenes insights on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. The two-time DTM champion keeps you up to speed with everything on Instagram at @wittmannracing and Facebook @MarcoWittmannOfficial.