Highlight of the DTM season: home event at the Norisring

03. Juli 2022 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

This weekend was the highlight of the 2022 DTM season for Marco Wittmann, his home outing at the Norisring in Nuremberg. Cheered on by family, friends, his fan club and the many Schaeffler employees who formed the now legendary Green Wall in the grandstands, Wittmann had an eventful weekend at times, but one that ended with fourth place in Sunday’s race.

The Saturday race was over before it really started for Wittmann in his Green Machine, the #11 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3. He was caught up, through no fault of his own, in a crash at the start involving several cars in turn one, after which his car was too badly damaged to continue. The Walkenhorst Motorsport team worked flat-out to get his BMW M4 GT3 ready to return to the track on Sunday.

The reward for their efforts was Wittmann’s best qualifying result ever at the Norisring with third place on the grid. In the race, he was running third until the round of pit stops, but dropped back to fourth place during the tyre change. The local favourite went on to finish Sunday’s race in fourth, as the best-placed BMW driver.

“From a sporting perspective, it was a disappointing weekend, particularly with the big crash at the start on Saturday, which robbed us of any chance of picking up points. Sunday was better,” said Wittmann. “With P3 in qualifying, I secured my best grid position so far here at the Norisring. That also gave us a lot of optimism for the race. We had good race pace and were running third for a long time. However, we then lost time in the pit stop. That dropped us back to fourth place. That was a shame, because a home podium would have been possible. At least we took a few points away from the weekend.”

“On the whole, it was once again a really great event for the home crowd, with a lot of great fans, not to mention the Schaeffler Green Wall,” said Wittmann, summing up his home race weekend. “We really did a lot of promotions and a lot of autograph sessions, and it is nice to get so much back from the fans, so much support. It was incredible. The atmosphere and weather were also great.”

Wittmann is now looking forward to the summer break, during which he can enjoy a little free time and prepare for the second half of the season. “Hopefully, we will have a little luck on our side in the second half of the season, as that has not really been the case so far,” said Wittmann.

Round five of this season’s DTM takes place from 26th to 28th August at the Nürburgring.