Qualifiers on the Nordschleife; dress rehearsal for the Nürburgring 24 Hours

08. Mai 2022 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After the DTM season-opener at Portimão in Portugal, Marco Wittmann was in action again this weekend at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. There, the two qualifying races were held for the 24-hour race that will take place at the end of May. Wittmann forms part of the ROWE Racing team and shares the cockpit of the #98 BMW M4 GT3 with Sheldon van der Linde, Nick Catsburg and John Edwards.

The quartet had a full schedule, with two qualifyings and the top 30 qualifying on Friday, race one on Saturday and another top qualifying and race two on Sunday. Both races were three hours long.

In race one, held on Saturday evening, Wittmann and his team-mates only narrowly missed the podium, crossing the line in fourth place. In race two on Sunday afternoon they had the next chance for a podium for car #98 after start driver Wittmann impressed with great battles and manoeuvres in his stint. But a collision in the pit lane during Catsburg’s stint resulted in time-costing repairs.

In Saturday’s race, BMW M Motorsport celebrated a 1-2 result with the BMW Junior Team and the #99 ROWE Racing BMW M4 GT3. On Sunday, the BMW Junior Team stepped into the podium again, finishing in second place.

“The weekend was a bit difficult for us in the #98 car,” Wittmann said. “Sheldon took strong P5s in both top qualifyings but in the end we lacked a bit of pace in both races, and on Sunday, the collision in the pit lane set us back. Nevertheless we still claimed a strong fourth place in Saturday’s race. My start stint in Sunday’s race was pretty eventful with battles of two, battles of three and high-speed duels. I think we lack a bit of top speed compared to the other manufacturers and this makes life particularly difficult on Döttinger Höhe, but overall it has been a great learning curve for us, we gelled even more as a team and I hope that we can take our conclusions and come back stronger at the 24-hour race. I also hope that we can leave bad luck behind us now and accordingly will have luck in the 24-hour race. I am looking forward to it, to seeing many, many fans and hope for a good weekend.”

The 50th edition of the legendary 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife will take place from 28th to 29th May.