Marco Wittmann claimed the 300th DTM podium for BMW in Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring. In doing so, he achieved another milestone for BMW in the popular touring car series. From seventh on the grid, Wittmann started strongly in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM and pulled off a late overtaking manoeuvre to pass Robin Frijns (Audi) and take third place. Timo Glock (iQOO BMW M4 DTM), Philipp Eng (ZF BMW M4 DTM) and Jonathan Aberdein (CATL BMW M4 DTM) also showed clear signs of improvement after a tough qualifying session, finishing sixth, seventh and ninth in the race itself.
In hot conditions, and with tyre wear a significant factor at the Lausitzring, the BMW DTM teams focussed on the race when setting up the BMW M4 DTM. The consequence of that was the inability to back up Saturday’s fine performance in qualifying, and thus had to start Sunday’s race from towards the back of the grid. However, the majority of the drivers fought back strongly to pick up valuable points, with Wittmann even claiming a well-earned podium.
Sheldon van der Linde (Shell BMW M4 DTM) also found himself in the top five after his early pit stop, but then paid the price for this courageous strategy as his tyres suffered in the final few laps. He came home in 15th place, just behind Lucas Auer (BMW Bank M4 DTM).