Another podium at the “Cathedral of Speed”

19. September 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

A hard-fought second race at the TT Circuit in Assen – the “Cathedral of Speed” – once again required Marco Wittmann to display plenty of fighting spirit. He crossed the finishing line in third place at the end of the 55-minute race.

The qualifying session on Sunday morning took place in very cool conditions, which very much suited the man from Fürth. Despite a red flag just before the end, he was able to secure one of the top spots and started the second race of the weekend from second place on the grid. The opening phase was just as tough as it had been in Saturday’s race, but Marco was easily able to defend his good starting position. Red Bull driver Alex Albon was applying consistent pressure on him and his Green Machine, launching a number of attacks that Wittmann was able to fend off. On lap seven, he and his Walkenhorst Motorsport team produced an error-free pit stop. As the race progressed, Alex Albon and the ABT Motorsport team driver Kelvin van der Linde continued to pressure the Schaeffler brand ambassador. However, he stayed calm right to the end and was able to stay ahead of van der Linde, who was continually popping up in Wittmann’s rear-view mirror. Daniel Juncadella struggled with tyre problems in the Mercedes ahead of him, allowing Wittmann to move up into third place just before the end of the race, where he stayed until the finishing line.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, Grid: 2nd, Race: 3rd, Drivers’ standings: 2nd, 165 points):

“It was definitely a hard day for me. Towards the end of the race, I was just looking in the mirror and really had to defend against the other drivers – Alex Albon and then Kelvin van der Linde in particular. It was hard work, especially through the slower passages on the circuit, as we always lose a bit of pace here with the BMW M6 GT3. There was some contact with Kelvin van der Linde now and again, but in the end I was able to defend myself and keep that line of cars behind me. The sole aim today was to defend well and keep everyone behind me as well as I could. Of course, we got lucky at the end when Daniel Juncadella retired but I am sorry that it happened to him. I am certainly very pleased to have secured two podiums this weekend, that is something special for me.”

The DTM will return to Germany in two weeks’ time. The seventh race of the 2021 season takes place in Hockenheim. It feels like Marco Wittmann is within touching distance of a third title and he will give his all here once again.

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.