|06.06.2021||Back to overview »|
Marco Wittmann celebrates his first podium at the legendary Nürburgring 24-hour race. Wittmann and his team-mates Martin Tomzcyk, Sheldon van der Linde and Connor De Phillippi finished the 49th edition of the Nordschleife classic in second place in the #98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3. In the end, they crossed the line less than ten seconds behind the winning Porsche.
At first, Wittmann and his team did not expect to achieve a podium result. After qualifying, they had to settle with 25th on the grid. The foundation for the stunning chase towards the front was laid in the early stages of the race. In the worst of conditions, with partly standing water on the track, team-mate Tomczyk rocketed the car up to third place within the first two hours of racing. De Phillippi and Wittmann kept the #98 in the top positions until the race had to be red-flagged at 21:30 on Saturday evening.
What followed was the longest break in the history of the endurance classis. It was Sunday noon when visibility had finally improved to a degree that the race could be re-started for a remaining time of three and a half hours. At 15:30, van der Linde brought the #98 home in second place.
“In the end, we can be very pleased with that second place, even though it is a little disappointing to finish not even ten seconds behind the winners,” Wittmann reported on the rostrum with the trophy in his hands. “When we started from 25th on the grid on Saturday, we had no expectation of finishing the race on the podium. It was Martin Tomczyk who put us in this position with his unbelievable opening double stint. In general, we worked really well as a team. That is my first podium at a 24-hour race. I am really pleased with that.”
Wittmann now shifts his full focus to his ‘Green Machine’ again – the #11 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 in the new DTM. The season opener will be held at Monza, Italy, on 19th/20th June.