Strong comeback on the Nordschleife

24. April 2022 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann and his ROWE Racing driving team-mates Sheldon van der Linde and John Edwards finished fifth in the second NLS race of the season.


The trio in the #98 BMW M4 GT3 endured some bad luck during the morning qualifying session and was unable to find a free lap to record a good time. That meant that two‑time DTM champion Wittmann, Edwards and van der Linde had to be content with 15th place. As two cars that had qualified ahead of the three BMW M works drivers were unable to start, they began the race from 13th position, moving up to P5 throughout the four hours of racing thanks to concentrated, faultless driving. There was plenty of reason to celebrate for the team’s other car, which claimed victory with Augusto Farfus and Connor De Phillippi.


“Overall, our conclusions are positive“, said Wittmann. “We were unfortunate in qualifying and the numerous yellow-flag phases meant that we didn’t have a single free lap under a green flag. Starting from that position generally makes it difficult to achieve much. We had a good opening stage and made up a lot of places. After that, we worked our way consistently forwards and crossed the line in fifth. The car had good balance and our tempo was good. We can be pleased about that.”


At the start of next week, Wittmann will head to Portimão for two days of DTM testing, followed by the first two races in the “Green Machine” at the weekend. “I am really excited about the DTM season-opener. It will be very interesting to see where we are with the BMW M4 GT3 and whether we have done our homework during testing. I am only familiar with the circuit from winter testing, but I really like all the climbs and descents and it has some interesting sections.”