The BMW M6 GT3 in Belgium

01. August 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann and Walkenhorst Motorsport went unrewarded for their strong performance at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps but they will have another shot at success at the DTM in Zolder next weekend.

 

With fifth on the grid, moving up the field well in the race and within reach of the win, the 24 Hours in Spa-Francorchamps had it all for Marco Wittmann and Walkenhorst Motorsport this weekend. Unfortunately all their hopes came crashing down around them when the BMW M6 GT3 developed a technical fault during the night.

 

Wittmann and his fellow drivers David Pittard and Sheldon van der Linde had shown good pace throughout the entire weekend, were in P3 after a strong start to the race, but went on to suffer a setback early on when tyre damage forced the #34 car right down the field.

 

But the team refused to give up, and during the night, when Wittmann completed a strong double stint, they battled their way back to the front. Pittard was in third place once again, when suddenly after about ten hours he lost all drive and was forced to park the car at the side of the track. The sister car, #35, had to retire from the race at the same time.

 

“It’s a very sad, disappointing end to the weekend for us,” said Wittmann. “We had just fought our way back up the field after the tyre damage and definitely had the pace to be involved in the battle for the win. Then this disaster happened.”

 

Wittmann’s time in Belgium continues when he heads to Zolder for the third DTM event of the season next weekend, where he and Walkenhorst Motorsport will have the opportunity to make amends.

 

Wittmann is also keen to settle his score with the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps at the earliest opportunity. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to give the BMW M6 GT3 a fitting send-off at its final major 24-hour race but we’ll be back again next year, and I’m already looking forward to doing battle for the overall win with the new BMW M4 GT3.”