10. Oktober 2020

A day to forget

Marco Wittmann returns to action in Zolder, Belgium, after a short DTM break. The birthplace of the DTM promises thrilling racing on a narrow old-school track. He was forced to finish the 13th race of the 2020 DTM season early in his Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM due to a gearbox problem.

The qualifying session on Saturday morning looked promising for the BMW Team RMG driver. Fourth place was a good starting position for the race. But Wittmann lost important positions at the start and ended up in P7. The early pit stop on lap 12 was flawless and showed that the team had the right strategy. After that, the podium seemed within reach in P5, and he kept narrowing the gap between him and Audi driver Nico Müller in front of him. However, shortly before the end, the “Green Machine” experienced problems and driver after driver passed Wittmann. He ended up having to return to the pit and park the car due to gearbox problems.

Overall, three BMW M4 DTM finished in the top 10 at Circuit Zolder in Saturday’s race.

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 4th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 8th, 86 points):

“It was a disappointing day for me in the end. You can’t ever be pleased after a DNF. Recent weekends have shown that the cars are extremely stable. Which is what makes it all the more disappointing that we were unable to get any more out of today due to the technical defect. The transmission was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn’t change it. Which is why I had to return to the pit. While we weren’t able to be up there fighting for the podium, but there would have been good points for P5 or P6. Now we are focussing fully on tomorrow.”

Everything will be reset again in tomorrow’s Sunday race at Circuit Zolder, and Marco Wittmann will go on the attack again.

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 on Facebook under @MarcoWittmannOfficial.