Crazy penalties in Sunday’s race at the Hockenheimring

03. Oktober 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The second race at the Hockenheimring was another sobering experience for Marco Wittmann. The Walkenhorst Motorsport driver crossed the finishing line in twelfth place.

The Sunday morning qualifying session took place in cool temperatures, with a few clouds in the sky. As had been the case on Saturday however, Marco was unable to make too much progress and started the race from tenth position. He made a very good start, moving up two places on the first lap and slotting into eighth. As the race progressed, he continued to show fighting spirit, keeping hold of fourth place after the drivers ahead of him made some stops. However, the late pit stop on lap 18 then caused some distress, as the wheel nuts on the right rear tyre proved to be problematic. After the stop, the man from Fürth moved back into twelfth place, where he stayed until the end of the race. However, race control imposed a 5-second penalty for the problems with the wheel nuts during the pit stop. In the end, he did not lose any positions due to this penalty.

After the weekend at the Hockenheimring, Marco Wittmann has slipped back to fourth place in the battle for the championship title.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, Grid: 10th, Race: 12th, Drivers’ standings: 4th, 165 points):

“It was a very frustrating and disappointing weekend for us. Ultimately, we as the entire BMW team simply didn’t produce a performance over the weekend. For various reasons, we were lagging far behind our rivals and we will have to analyse that now. We need to find out what caused it. At the end of the day, it is disappointing to be heading home without any points. That’s pretty much it in terms of the championship. Nonetheless, we are very much looking forward to the Norisring – also with the aim of quickly putting the Hockenheim weekend behind us. I am looking forward to loads of spectators and support from my home fans. I hope we have a great weekend, and hopefully we will be able to round off the season with a good, positive result. It would be a dream to achieve that at the Norisring.”

 

The next race weekend in the 2021 DTM season will take place next weekend. The final two races of the season will be at the Norisring. Marco Wittmann will be giving it everything here in front of his home crowd as he battles for the final points in the championship.

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.