Mega Marco back on the podium

22. August 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann lived up to his ‘Mega Marco’ nickname in Sunday’s DTM race at the Nürburgring, finishing third to secure a podium spot.

 

As was the case on Saturday, Wittmann secured third place on the grid in wet conditions in the morning which proved to be a very good start position for the race. However, it was anything but an easy ride to the podium as the eighth race of the season developed into a tumultuous affair. The safety car appeared on track twice due to various incidents. Wittmann had timed his mandatory pit stop early, which did not influence his race strategy but did put him behind a number of cars on worn tyres when the race restarted, as they were yet to pit. This led to a series of tight overtaking manoeuvres that Wittmann executed in bold, slick style. “I think that was one of the most tumultuous races of my DTM career,” said Wittmann. “The second restart was particularly chaotic. Five of us went into the first turn together and I was just hoping to get through it unscathed somehow. I only needed a few corners to overtake five or six cars. It could easily have gone wrong. However, it all worked out and I had a lot of fun.”

 

He was rewarded with the third spot on the podium, which also moved him up to third place in the drivers’ standings. He now has 94 points, just two behind second place. I am super happy with fifth and third places this weekend,” said Wittmann. “It’s really since Zolder that we have taken a big leap forward and we have a better understanding of the car. We have also scored points in every race, which is very important for the overall standings. I am very proud of the performance of the Walkenhorst team.”

 

The next DTM race weekend is on 3rd-5th September at the Red Bull Ring. “That is my favourite track on the DTM race calender and I am hoping for more good results there as the circuit should suit the BMW M6 GT3,” explained Wittmann.