Unfortunate start to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe season

18. April 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Great speed, but unlucky in the race sums up the season opener of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe for Marco Wittmann and the Walkenhorst Motorsport team.

 

Together with his team-mates Sheldon van der Linde and David Pittard, Wittmann crossed the finish line in P26 in the #34 BMW M6 GT3 after the car suffered tyre damage during the three-hour race at Monza. The sister car with Timo Glock, Martin Tomczyk and Thomas Neubauer at the wheel, also plagued by tyre issues, finished in P32.

 

The weekend had started out well. Wittmann set the second-fastest time in pre-qualifying on Saturday. In qualifying on Sunday morning, in which the average time of all three drivers was classified, Wittmann, van der Linde and Pittard finished in tenth place.

 

The race, during which rain set in after just a few laps, started off well, but then the entire field began suffer tyre damage, which also affected both Walkenhorst cars several times. The numerous additional pit stops made it impossible to get a good race result.

 

“It’s very frustrating and disappointing that tyre damage to our car ruined any chance of a good result,” said Wittmann. “The pace of the BMW M6 GT3 was good. Many thanks to the whole team for their fantastic hard work!”

 

Wittmann will be back at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 again soon. He is set to contest the Nürburgring Endurance Series at the Nordschleife at the end of April, in preparation for the 24-hour race with ROWE Racing. Then, the DTM test drives with Walkenhorst Motorsport will be held at the Lausitzring at the beginning of May, directly followed by the qualifying race for the 24h Nürburgring. “It will be a stressful week with two races and a test,” said Wittmann.