Wittmann misses podium at Sebring premiere

20. März 2022 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann finished his race premiere at the legendary Sebring International Raceway in P4 in the GTD PRO class of the IMSA Series.

Starting into the 12 Hours of Sebring from seventh on the grid, the #24 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3 with Wittmann, Philipp Eng and Nick Yelloly at the wheel moved up the field into the podium positions and briefly lead the GTD PRO class by the halfway mark. From then on it was involved in a thrilling battle for the lead and the second six hours turned into a proper sprint race. The car ran like a clockwork, the team acted cleverly on strategy and Eng, Yelloly and Wittmann faultlessly completed their laps. The #24 was lying in second position until one hour before the chequered flag when it suffered a gearbox issue and dropped off the podium positions.

 

“It’s been a highlight for me to race on this famous track for the first time. It was a mega event and a lot of fun”, said Wittmann. “We were fighting at the top with a competitive car all weekend. In the race, we were able to show our potential and fight for the lead with the Corvette. BMW M Motorsport, BMW M Team RLL and my fellow drivers did a great job and showed a very good performance. Unfortunately, we dropped back one hour before the end due to a technical problem. Although we missed the podium, we can take a lot of positives from this race. I’m sure the first podium will come soon.”

 

After two races in the USA Wittmann returns to Germany to start the preparation period for this year’s DTM season in April.