Walkenhorst Motorsport driver Marco Wittmann continued his impressive run at the fifth race weekend of the DTM season. He has picked up points in each of the ten races so far. Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver in the Saturday race at the Red Bull Ring, finishing seventh. He started Sunday in sparkling form, securing pole position in the #11 BMW M6 GT3. In the race, he was embroiled in a compelling battle with Ferrari driver Liam Lawson, behind whom he ultimately finished in second place. Following his third podium of the season, Wittmann now lies fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with 121 points, 26 points off the lead.
Wittmann: “The start from pole was very good at first. We were immediately able to open up a gap between Liam Lawson and the rest of the field. We basically had good pace in the race too. In the end, we lost first place in the pit stops, which is a big talking point this season. Nevertheless, we scored more valuable points towards the championship today.” Wittmann was referring to the fact that a number of manufacturers have an advantage during the tyre change this season, as the wheel nuts on their cars are fastened directly to the rims, saving time. However, this type of attachment is not possible on some of the cars, including the BMW M6 GT3.
Timo Glock twice finished tenth to score points for ROWE Racing in Spielberg. Sheldon van der Linde was very unlucky on both days. After excellent qualifying results, with fourth on Saturday and third on Sunday, he failed to finish both races.