Two weeks after taking victory at Zolder, Walkenhorst Motorsport again had cause for celebration at round four of this season’s DTM at the Nürburgring: Marco Wittmann, in the #11 BMW M6 GT3, finished third in race two to claim another podium. Wittmann had previously secured a promising third place on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying for race one. However, the team knew that it would be tough to achieve a podium finish, due to the extra 25 kilograms he was carrying following the victory at Zolder. At the end of the 40-lap race, Wittmann crossed the finish line in sixth place.
In a wet qualifying for race two on Sunday, the two-time DTM champion again put the #11 BMW M6 GT3 third on the grid. The safety car then made two appearances in an eventful race. As Walkenhorst Motorsport had already come in for an early pit stop, Wittmann had to fight his way back past those drivers that had not yet stopped at the restarts. He did so superbly and ultimately came home in third place to secure the final spot on the podium. “That was one of the most eventful races of my DTM career,” said Wittmann. “The second restart was particularly chaotic. We were five cars side-by-side coming into the first corner, and I just hoped that I would somehow get through in one piece. I passed five or six cars within just a few corners. It could easily have gone wrong, but it worked out and I had a lot of fun.” Wittmann now lies third in the Drivers’ Championship.
The ROWE Racing team had a mixed weekend. Sheldon van der Linde fought back from 18th on the grid to finish sixth in the #31 BMW M6 GT3 in Saturday’s race. In the Sunday race, the South African was in with a shout of a podium finish until his BMW M6 GT3 was hit by another car at the second restart. The result was a broken steering, which forced van der Linde out of the race. His team-mate Timo Glock had to settle for 19th place in the Saturday race. However, the tide turned on Sunday when Glock, in the #16 BMW M6 GT3, worked his way from 20th on the grid to eighth place. In doing so, he scored his first points of the DTM season. After the race, he was promoted to seventh place following a penalty handed to one of his rivals.