Triumph at the DTM finale

10. Oktober 2022 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann brought an end to his barren run at the final DTM weekend of the season, winning the final race to claim his first victory of 2022.

 

It was the positive end that Wittmann had been hoping for at the end of what was, in general, a disappointing DTM season: the German finished third on Saturday to land his Green Machine on the podium at the finale in Hockenheim – only his second podium result of the year, having also finished third in Imola. “After a tough time for the team and for me, I am very pleased with this result and our performance. From the word go this weekend, everything went much better than it had recently”, said Wittmann. “I think we could also have been in with a shout of winning. So, that’s what I’ll be aiming for in the season finale on Sunday.”

 

And Wittmann backed up his claims one day later. Starting from fourth on the grid, he got off to a lightning fast start on Sunday and already led the race by the time he exited turn one. He briefly surrendered that lead to René Rast after his pit stop, but regained it at once. He then went on to claim the 18th DTM win of his career, triggering huge celebrations from himself and Walkenhorst Motorsport. “From my point of view, it is an unbelievably good feeling to end the season like this”, said Wittmann. “It was a hard year for the team and for me. Some weekends, it was tough to see that we just didn’t have the performance. That’s why it was all the more important for everyone in the team to finish the season on a successful note and hopefully we can take this momentum into the next season.”

 

Wittmann also had warm words for Sheldon van der Linde, who became the first BMW M Motorsport driver to be crowned DTM champion since Wittmann himself in 2016. The Team title went to Schubert Motorsport. “Congratulations to Sheldon and the Schubert team for winning the team and drivers’ titles. They had a fantastic season that they can really be proud of. Both titles are very well-deserved.“

 

The first news regarding the 2023 racing season was also released in Hockenheim. Marco Wittmann will start in the BMW M Hybrid V8 prototype at the IMSA endurance classics in Daytona and Sebring. “I am really looking forward to racing in the IMSA series again next season, and to being involved in classics like the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring,” said Wittmann. “I have done a few days of testing in the BMW M Hybrid V8 and am thrilled to be part of a project like this. The car has a lot of downforce, a lot of power, no driver aids like ABS – a real prototype. It will be cool to support the four regular IMSA drivers.”