08. November 2020

He came to make history

Even though his final DTM weekend in the Class 1 era with the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM proved to be one Marco Wittmann would prefer to forget after a DNF and P11, he will always have positive memories of his time in the DTM.

Marco has made a significant impact on the DTM since arriving in the touring car series in 2013, claiming two drivers’ titles. He became a fans’ favourite and made motorsport history, by claiming a maiden win in the first race for the BMW M4 DTM in 2014 and by becoming the first two-time DTM champion for BMW.

Throughout all this time, he has built up a friendly relationship with the man who gave him the chance to prove his quality in the DTM, the former BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Jens has defined our era of motorsport, and mine in particular,” says Marco. “Under his leadership, I celebrated my greatest successes in the DTM, including two championship title wins. We can look back together on those successes we have shared.” Marco presented his ex-boss with a very special farewell gift in Hockenheim, as a memento of the years spent together in the DTM: a racing helmet. As of 1st November 2020, Marquardt has taken charge of the BMW Group pilot plant for production model prototype construction. “

Anyone who knows racing drivers realises that the helmet represents something sacred, and I thought that it would be a nice gesture to present him with one of my helmets as a thankyou for all those years. I wish him all the best for his career and I think that our paths are bound to cross as we are both still going to be in Munich.”

Marco would have loved to have been able to mark his DTM farewell with the fans. Unfortunately, the pandemic meant that this was not possible.

Marco is sure to keep his fans updated about what the future will bring – using his social media channels under @wittmannracing (Instagram) and @MarcoWittmannOfficial (Facebook).