SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race

„SUPER GT X DTM DREAM RACE“.

„SUPER GT X DTM DREAM RACE“.

„SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race“.

QUICK FACTS.

DREAM RACE.

  • 01 Saturday: First joint race event of DTM and SUPER GT Championship wows Fuji fans.
  • 02 Saturday: Kamui Kobayashi and Marco Wittmann finished in 14th and 18th; Alex Zanardi retires due to a technical problem.
  • 03 Sunday: Marco Wittmann finishes second on his 30th birthday.
  • 04 Suday: Impressive performances from Kamui Kobayashi in fifth and Alex Zanardi in 13th.

SATURDAY.

Kamui Kobayashi best-placed BMW driver at Fuji.

The first joint race of cars from the DTM and the SUPER GT Championship has taken place. On Saturday, BMW Team RBM contested the first of two ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’ events in front of the impressive backdrop of Mount Fuji. Local hero Kamui Kobayashi in 14th place at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM was the best-placed BMW driver. Marco Wittmann (Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) finished 18th, Alessandro Zanardi in the ZF BMW M4 DTM retired with a technical issue. Victory went to Nick Cassidy (Lexus).
 
Kobayashi made up numerous positions on the first lap and fought his way up into 12th. In his first race appearance at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM, he was in 14th place when he ultimately saw the chequered flag. Wittmann pitted after the first lap to give him an advantage in the event of a safety car period. Shortly before the end of the race, the safety car did then come onto the track, but it was not possible for Wittmann to unlap himself after his second stop. He was thus unable to benefit from his fresh set of tyres.  

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Kamui had a really strong first race at the wheel of a DTM car.
Jens Marquardt, BMW Group Motorsport Director
SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race

SUNDAY.

Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

Countless battles, three safety car periods and a beaming birthday boy, Marco Wittmann, was on the podium. Part two of the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, the first joint event held by the DTM and SUPER GT Championship on Japanese soil, delighted Fuji fans on Sunday. Wittmann, celebrating his 30th birthday, battled his way to second place in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Kamui Kobayashi also gave an action-packed display, as did Alessandro Zanardi, who found himself as high as second place at times in the ZF BMW M4 DTM. Kobayashi came home fifth, while Zanardi finished in 13th place.
 
The safety car made three appearances over the course of the race. Fuji fans were not only treated to countless battles out on the track, but also the odd contact between cars and a few crashes. The action came thick and fast in the closing stages. Wittmann crossed the finish line in third place, but was then promoted to second place after Loïc Duval (Audi) received a one-second penalty for a previous incident. Victory went to Narain Karthikeyan (Honda).
 
Wittmann, whose family and many friends had travelled to Fuji, can now celebrate his 30th birthday in style in Tokyo. Before the race, BMW Group Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, fellow drivers Zanardi and Kobayashi, and the entire BMW Team RBM sang to him and presented him with a big birthday cake during the morning’s pit walk.

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It was an eventful race.
Marco Wittmann