Hot under the collar in Saturday’s race at the Hockenheimring

02. Oktober 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

It proved to be an unsatisfactory start to the seventh race weekend in the 2021 DTM season for Marco Wittmann and his Green Machine. Although not at fault for the damage caused to his car, the man from Fürth was unable to complete the 55-minute race at the Hockenheimring.

The Saturday morning qualifying session at the Hockenheimring had taken place in brilliant sunshine, but events did not go as hoped for Marco Wittmann and he was unable to improve on 13th place. Now the aim was to reach the top 10 and score as many championship points as possible. Not for the first time, the start of the 13th race of the season was a tumultuous affair. In turn 6, Mercedes-AMG GETSPEED driver Arjun Maini triggered an accident that saw Wittmann wedged between a few other cars. He then fell back to 17th place as the field completed several laps behind the safety car. He was able to make up a few positions after the race restarted as he worked his way gradually forward. While the other teams completed their pit stops, Wittmann chose to stay out lap after lap. However, the collision just after the start pushed the bonnet on his BMW M6 GT3 up by a few centimetres and it was not clear whether he would be able to finish the race. And that was exactly what happened, as he unfortunately had to head for the pits in his Green Machine on lap 24.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, Grid: 13th, Race: DNF, Drivers’ standings: 3rd, 165 points):

“That’s a day to forget. After the accident on turn 6, we had quite a bit of damage on the car as I got sandwiched. There was then a bit of a tailgating effect at the restart, as we had seen in Assen. We had a look to see if we could finish the race but the damage meant that we were simply unable to build up any pace. In the end, we had to accept that it was pointless to continue and I parked the car to save the tyres. At the moment, we just don’t have the pace to battle with our rivals.”

The 14th race of the 2021 DTM season takes place at the Hockenheimring tomorrow. Marco Wittmann and his Walkenhorst Motorsport team will be trying to make up for that missing pace and will be fighting for 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.