Tough weekend and loyal fans at the Norisring

09. Oktober 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

The final race weekend of the 2021 DTM season has started respectably for Marco Wittmann and the Walkenhorst Motorsport team. The local favourite finished twelfth in the Green Machine in his home race at the Norisring.

Qualifying took place in glorious sunshine and ideal conditions on Saturday morning. However Wittmann, who was born just down the road in Fürth, could do no better than 19th place on home soil, not the result he would have desired, particularly given the many fans at the Norisring. The start of the 55-minute race was once again chaotic and shaped by a number of collisions, of which Wittmann was able to stay clear. That allowed him to gain a few positions in the first two laps and climb into 15th place. When Marco came in late on lap 28, the Walkenhorst Motorsport team made its customary fast pit stop, allowing him to maintain his position over the remainder of the race, and even make a little more progress through the field. He eventually ended race 15 of the season in 12th place, cheered on by the many fans in the stone grandstands.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, grid position: 19th, race result: 12th, Drivers’ Championship: 4th, 165 pts):

“Twelfth place was ultimately the best we could manage today, starting from 19th on the grid. We already knew that we do not have the same kind of performance we have had at one or two of the previous race weekends. This is obviously partly due to the fact that the BMW M6 GT3 really struggles with its long wheelbase at the Norisring. Unfortunately, even an adjustment to the BoP could not help us be competitive. As such, this is a tough weekend for us. Nevertheless, we have been able to secure fourth place in the championship, which we should highlight much more. What we have managed as a team, together with Walkenhorst, in our first year in the DTM is extraordinary. Particularly as we only have one car in the team. We can really only be proud of what we have achieved. Of all the teams, we had the fewest test kilometres, so we can look back positively on the season. At the same time, the absolute highlight at the Norisring is the support I receive from all the fans here. It is a huge atmosphere, together with Schaeffler and the green wall. We should focus on all that and I am simply enjoying these moments right now – even if the performance and success are not quite there. We could never have dreamed of finishing fourth in the championship before the start of the season. We can be extremely proud of that, the two race wins and the podium finishes.”

The final race of the 2021 DTM season takes place at the Norisring tomorrow. Although Wittmann is no longer in the title race, he is still hoping to end the season on a high with a good result.

You can find more information and fascinating insights behind the scenes on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. The two-time DTM champion keeps you up to speed on Instagram @wittmannracing and Facebook @MarcoWittmannOfficial.