Marco Wittmann had to wait for nine races at the Norisring to be able to win a DTM race in his home round at the street circuit in Nuremberg. On Sunday, it finally happened. The driver from Furth came out on top after a thrilling race and secured the 11th DTM race win of his career, the second of the current season.
“That was really cool! Absolutely smashing! That was the race of my life,” the BMW driver enthused over the team radio.
Second place in the eighth race of the season went to Edoardo Mortara in his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. Daniel Juncadella also had reason to be happy. After his first pole position, the Spaniard also scored his maiden DTM podium finish by coming home third.
Wittmann was unbeatable on Sunday. Having started the race from seventh on the grid, he drove like he was unleashed, staged countless duels and on lap 24, he overtook Mortara for the lead, corrected for pit stops. Only in the closing stages of the race, Mortara was able to close up again, but it wasn’t enough to mount a challenge on Wittmann.
“That was an unbelievable weekend and I would wish for more events like this. I think it was a perfect weekend,” said Mortara.
Fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Juncadella was also happy having scored his maiden podium finish in his 65th DTM race. “Of course, I am happy with the result, but next time I am in first place on the grid, I want to win, too.”
Robin Frijns showed good progress at the Norisring. The Audi driver had started from 16th place and took the checkered flag in eighth place. Classified seventh, his fellow Audi driver Nico Müller was the best-placed driver of the Ingolstadt-based brand.
In the DTM drivers’ standings after eight of this season’s 20 DTM races, the front-runners are now even closer together. Gary Paffett, who had a wheel-to-wheel duel with Timo Glock over many laps during the race, remains in the lead of the standings with 99 points. The Briton was unable to convert his second place from qualifying into a top-10 finish in the race and was only 13th across the line. Mortara is now second in the standings with 93 points from Wittmann and Glock (both 92 points). Paul Di Resta is fifth with 87 points. In sixth place with 72 points, Lucas Auer also still is within striking distance to the leaders.
After a three-weeks break, DTM action resumes at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, July 13-15.