Solid start to the marathon week

01. Mai 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann’s busiest week of the year so far began with a solid sixth place at round three of the Nürburgring Endurance Series.

 

Wittmann was sharing the cockpit of the #98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 with Connor De Phillippi and Martin Tomczyk. Qualifying went extremely well for Wittmann, and the third-fastest lap meant he was able to start the race from the second row of the grid, just ahead of the second ROWE Racing car – the number 99. In his first stint, Wittmann was involved in a number of tight and fascinating battles, before he handed the car over to his fellow drivers after roughly one hour behind the wheel.

 

After a good four hours of racing, De Phillippi brought the #98 BMW M6 GT3 home in sixth place, just behind the #99 BMW M6 GT3, which was driven by Nick Catsburg, John Edwards and Nick Yelloly. No podium finish, but valuable kilometres put in looking ahead to the 24-hour race on the first weekend in June, at which ROWE Racing lines up as the defending champion.

 

“After the cancellation of the season-opener, it was great to go racing on the Nordschleife for the first time,” said Wittmann. “Third place was a good qualifying for us, but the Porsche were extremely strong in the race and we ended up dropping a few positions. Despite that, fifth and sixth place is a good result for ROWE Racing. Looking ahead to the 24-hour race, it was important to get a lot of kilometres under our belt.”

 

This week, Wittmann heads straight to the DTM tests at the Lausitzring with Walkenhorst Motorsport. He is then back at the Nordschleife next weekend, where he will contest the qualification race for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. “It is going to be stressful,” said Wittmann. “But I’m looking forward to it.”