Dress rehearsal at the Nordschleife

09.05.2021 Back to overview »

Marco Wittmann contested the 6-hour qualifying race that served as the dress rehearsal for the 24 Hours Nürburgring.


In beautiful weather, Wittmann initially had one of the very rare opportunities on Sunday to complete a free lap without getting caught up in the backmarkers in the top 30 qualifying session – the dream of every racing driver who has ever raced at the Nordschleife. “Getting to race in this top 30 qualifying is a dream that after last year I have now had the good fortune to make come true twice,” said Wittmann. “It’s so much fun to be able to push the car to the limit with no disruptions on the Nordschleife. It’s the ultimate lap.”


After the 25-kilometre lap, Wittmann and his team-mates Connor De Phillippi, Martin Tomczyk and Sheldon van der Linde in the #98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 secured eighth on the grid. That made Wittmann the second-fastest BMW driver – only slightly behind Augusto Farfus.


Wittmann and his team-mates delivered a solid performance in the race and staged some impressive duels on the track. However, the BMW M6 GT3 was lacking the speed to be able to get involved in the battle for the podium. Wittmann initially crossed the finish line in P8, as the best-placed BMW M6 GT3, but the car was later disqualified for violating regulations. That saw the ROWE Racing sister car classified in eighth place.


“Irrespective of the result, the weekend was incredibly important to us looking ahead to the 24-hour race,” said Wittmann. “We were able to sort out a lot of things and prepare for the highlight of the season as well as we can, at which we will hopefully be a bit faster. The whole team is definitely really looking forward to the race.”


The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring will take place on 5th/6th June. The weekend before that, Wittmann will contest the second Endurance Cup race in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe for Walkenhorst Motorsport at Le Castellet.