Unbelievable win in chaotic Assen race

18. September 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The sixth race weekend of the 2021 DTM season is proving to be more than satisfactory for Marco Wittmann. The Walkenhorst Motorsport driver overcame a 5-second penalty to claim victory in the 55-minute race in Assen (Netherlands), chalking up his second win of the season.

The man from Fürth had already enjoyed a near-perfect qualifying session on Saturday morning. An error-free lap saw him ahead of everyone but New Zealander Liam Lawson and he began the race from second on the grid. The start of the first race in Assen featured numerous rear-end collisions that led to an early safety car phase. Wittmann was initially able to defend his position after the restart, then came in for his mandatory pit stop and a new set of tyres on lap twelve. He returned to the race in ninth place, but only stayed there for a brief period as the safety car was called out again with debris on the track after Maxi Buhk’s spin. Marco made a great restart, battling his way up to fifth place. However, the tough manoeuvre he produced against Red Bull driver Liam Lawson resulted in another 5-second penalty that could have cost him the race. But the Schaeffler brand ambassador was not to be denied, and his reaction was to pull well clear of guest driver Mirko Bortolotti. At the end of the 55-minute race, he crossed the finishing line more than eight seconds clear in first place, claiming the 17th win of his career.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, Grid: 2nd, Race: 1st, Drivers’ standings: 3rd, 148 points):

“That was a really chaotic first race in Assen, characterised by a number of key moments. The start itself was tumultuous and it was a bit surprising that Liam Lawson didn’t accelerate right away. That could also have caused a more serious accident. The race then proved to be a bit calmer. My team and I then decided to make our mandatory pit stop a little later. That was another key moment, as the fresher tyres meant that we could attack the other cars in front of me. I gave it everything in that manoeuvre against Liam Lawson and risked the lot, a decision for which I was later penalised. It is a great feeling to be able to win despite this, and it is a fantastic team performance.”

The second race of the weekend will take place tomorrow in Assen (Netherlands). Once again, Marco Wittmann and his Green Machine will be battling for a spot on the podium and more championship points.

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.