Great pace, bad luck late on

30.05.2021 Back to overview »

In the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe, Marco Wittmann and his team-mates were on course for a podium finish for much of the 6-hour race at Paul Ricard before an unfortunate collision forced them to drop back.


After 1,000 kilometres of racing, Wittmann, Sheldon van der Linde and David Pittard secured eighth place in the Walkenhorst Motorsport #34 BMW M6 GT3. This was due to a collision with a Ferrari in the battle for third place, less than one hour before the end of the race. The bonnet of the BMW M6 GT3 was damaged during the incident, leading to repairs and a long pit stop. That was a substantial setback for the trio.


Van der Linde, who was driving at that point, was able to move up a few places during the race to the finish, but could not improve on eighth. In the team’s other car, Timo Glock, Martin Tomczyk and Thomas Neubauer finished right behind in ninth.


“Of course, it’s a disappointing way for it to end, when you’ve been on track for a podium finish for the whole race and then fall back to eighth after a collision like that, 50 minutes before the end,” said Wittmann, who was nonetheless extremely satisfied with his performance. “I had two good stints and was also able to record the fastest lap of the race up to that point.”


Wittmann and his team-mates had already put on a strong performance in qualifying. Van der Linde recorded the best time in his group and Wittmann was in first place for a time during his run. In the end, they secured fifth place on the grid. Pittard made a good start, moving the #34 BMW M6 GT3 into a podium position early on. The car remained there until that unfortunate collision took place in the final hour of the race.


While preparing to travel to the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, Wittmann was still able to draw a positive conclusion as he looked ahead to the highlight of the season in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe at the end of July: “Our pace was good for the whole weekend, which allows us to be optimistic about the 24h hour race in Spa. We can build on that. We will definitely not bury our heads in the sand and will come back stronger!”