Strong performance in Saturday’s race at the Lausitzring

24. Juli 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The second race weekend in the 2021 DTM season has started promisingly for Marco Wittmann. He finished the 55-minute race at the Lausitzring in seventh place in his BMW M6 GT3 from the Walkenhorst Motorsport team.

The Saturday morning qualifying session was initially a sobering experience for Wittmann. 14th place on the grid did not seem to be the ideal starting position for the upcoming race.  However, a good start saw him move up smoothly to eleventh place. A long safety car phase then followed after T3 Motorsport driver Esmee Hawkey crashed out. Marco Wittmann improved to ninth position just after the restart, reaching the top 10. A superb pit stop by his Walkenhorst Motorsport allowed him to continue consistent progress through the field. The remainder of the race was characterised by a three-way battle between him, Mercedes driver Lucas Auer and T3 Motorsport driver Esteban Muth. Wittmann was able to apply pressure consistently on Mercedes driver Auer but was unable to pass him before the end of the race. A time penalty imposed on ROWE driver Sheldon van der Linde meant that he secured seventh place, scoring some more important points in the championship.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, Grid: 14th, Race: 7th, Drivers’ standings: 9th, 20 points):

“I am really pleased with the race. Especially when you consider that we started from 14th on the grid. We produced another really strong racing performance. The Walkenhorst team delivered another very good pit stop. Correspondingly, we had very good racing pace for the third DTM race. Now we have to concentrate on working on qualifying. We need to improve in that area, so we are analysing that to get a better starting position for the race. All in all, that was a relatively successful race day.”

The second race of the DTM weekend will take place tomorrow at the Lausitzring. The two-time DTM champion has a clear objective: another top 10 finish.

You can find further information and some thrilling behind-the-scenes insights on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. The two-time DTM champion keeps you up to date on Instagram under @wittmannracing and Facebook @MarcoWittmannOfficial.