A really positive day in Zolder

07. August 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The third race weekend of the 2021 DTM season started in promising fashion for Marco Wittmann. He finished fifth in Saturday’s race at the wheel of the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.

The first indication that it would be a positive day came in qualifying on Saturday morning. Having qualified third, a podium in the race looked a very realistic prospect. Wittmann then climbed into second place at the start of the race. A crash at the start was followed by a Safety Car phase, which saw the field bunch up again. Wittmann was then able to defend second place at the re-start. Following the pit stop on lap seven, the Walkenhorst Motorsport driver re-joined the race in tenth place. As the race progressed he was able to apply consistent pressure to Mercedes driver Vincent Abril ahead of him. After a while, however, he was unable to match Abril’s pace. Wittmann and the Green Machine eventually came home in fifth place.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, grid position: 3rd, race result: 5th, Drivers’ Championship: 7th,  39 points):

“Today was definitely a positive one. Third place in qualifying was a big surprise for us. We were not expecting that, given the tight corners and twisty chicanes. The start of the race was also strong, as I was able to climb straight into second place. Unfortunately, we then dropped back a little during the race, as we were unable to match the pace of the leading group. As such we finished fifth. Nevertheless, we can be really happy with the result. Coming into the weekend, we did not expect to finish in the top five in Zolder. The team has done a great job again and given me a very strong car, particularly in qualifying. It was a really positive day. We must now carry this momentum into tomorrow, so as to achieve a similar result.”

Race two of the third DTM weekend takes place in Zolder, Belgium, tomorrow. Two-time DTM champion Wittmann will be out to challenge at the front of the field again.

You can find more information and fascinating insights behind the scenes on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. The two-time DTM champion keeps you up-to-speed on Instagram at @wittmannracing and Facebook at @MarcoWittmannOfficial.