Marco Wittmann takes Spielberg victory

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Marco Wittmann has won for the third time in just six races this year.

Spielberg. BMW driver Marco Wittmann emerged as the winner from an action-packed DTM race at Red Bull Ring. With his BMW M4 DTM, the 24-year-old won the sixth season round from his fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus and Timo Glock. Martin Tomczyk completed the success for BMW by finishing fourth. “I had a very bad start, which made the early stage of the race not particularly easy for me. I had to stay cool and I saved my tyres. There was plenty of action in front of me, but I didn’t see to much of it. Today, I was just really lucky,” a satisfied Wittmann said. In total, 47,500 fans attended the race weekend in Austria.

Timo Scheider was the best-placed driver with an Audi RS 5 DTM, finishing fifth behind the BMW quartet. “I got the best possible result out of this race. I started from 14th place and I can be really lucky with fifth position. Hopefully, this marks the turnaround in a season that has been very disappointing for me so far,” the Austrian-based driver said. His fellow Audi drivers Adrien Tambay, Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green were classified sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. For Green, the sixth round of the year was an emotional roller-coaster. After the Brit had taken the lead, he was given a drive-through penalty. The timing of the pit stop with tyre change for the 32-year old wasn’t in accordance with the regulations.

Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens also had to take in a heavy setback. Throughout the first half of the race, the pole sitter was involved in an entertaining battle for first place with Augusto Farfus, until race control showed the Canadian the black flag. The reason: the Canadian had ignored a drive-through penalty that he had been given after race control found that he had impeded the upcoming Timo Glock when leaving his pit stall. Eventually, Christian Vietoris was the best-placed driver of a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in ninth place. “I had a good start into the weekend. We can not be satisfied with being the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in ninth place,” Vietoris said.

Thanks to his third victory of the season, Marco Wittmann extends his points’ tally to 95. Swedish driver Mattias Ekström remains Wittmann’s closest rival in the drivers’ standings, but for Ekström, the battle for his third DTM title will not be easy. After six of ten rounds, the Audi driver is 39 points down on his rival from BMW. The next race weekend will take place at Nürburgring, August 17 till 19.

Driver Quotes

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “We are proud and happy. After our clean sweep of the top three last year, we thought that it couldn’t be any better, but fortunately, we were wrong. Marco Wittmann drove an incredible race and the others also executed our strategy in a perfect way. Above all, we made the least mistakes today.”

Dieter Gass, head of DTM, Audi: “We didn’t lose the race today, but already in qualifying yesterday. Another factor was a communication problem, which was the reason that Jamie Green came into the pits one lap later than planned.”

Wolfgang Schattling, head of DTM management, Mercedes-Benz: “For us, it was a very disappointing day, because Robert Wickens certainly could have won the race today. Especially as things didn’t go too well in some races this year, this would have been an important success. We were totally surprised by the decision from race control. Initially, we thought of a mix-up that we still wanted to correct during the race. From our point of view, the penalty for Robert Wickens isn’t justified.”

Race at a glance

13:30 hrs. Start of formation lap. The race distance today is 47 laps. Pit stop window from lap 16 to lap 31.
Start Good start from Wickens who defends the lead. Glock is second and Farfus third. Wehrlein claims fourth place ahead of Wittmann.
Lap 1 Vietoris under investigation because of jump start and Glock because missing the accurate starting grid position.
Lap 2 No further action for Glock who is already 1,496 seconds behind race leader Wickens. Farfus still in third position ahead of Wehrlein followed by Green, Tomczyk, Wittmann, Vietoris, Spengler and Scheider.
Lap 4 DRS enabled. No jump start from Vietoris.
Lap 5 Farfus passes Glock for second place. Wehrlein also tries to overtake the German, but Glock defends his position.
Lap 6 Race order: Wickens still in the lead with a 2,157 seconds gap to Farfus. Glock, Wehrlein, Green, Wittmann, Tomczyk, Scheider, Vietoris and Spengler complete the top 10 positions.
Lap 9 Farfus is only 0.8 seconds behind race leader Robert Wickens.
Lap 10 Farfus even getting closer to Wickens: the gap is now only 0.606 seconds.
Lap 11 In the run up to the second corner, Farfus mounts his first attack on Wickens, but to no avail.
Lap 12 Warning for Ant—nio FŽlix da Costa: Track limits. FŽlix da Costa's car has stopped in turn 3 - the Portuguese retires. Yellow flags are waved in this corner.
Lap 13 Farfus is putting Wickens under massive pressure. Side by side through corner 4 and on the straight towards corner 5, but Wickens retains the lead. Green flags in turn 3.
Lap 14 Nico MŸller, Joey Hand, Edoardo Mortara, Maxime Martin and Dani Juncadella under investigation for possible yellow flag infringements. Wickens again defends his place from a charging Augusto Farfus in turn 2.
Lap 15 Drive through for MŸller, Hand, Mortara, Martin and Hand for the yellow flag infringements.
Lap 16 Hand, Juncadella, Martin come in at the end of the lap for their penalties.
Lap 17 MŸller, Mortara come in for their penalties.
Lap 19 Warning for Rockenfeller; track limits. Farfus comes into the pits, he is the first driver to complete the mandatory pit stop.
Lap 22 Scheider puts Tomczyk under pressure in the battle for sixth place. Wickens, Glock, Wehrlein, Wittmann, Tomczyk, Scheider, Tambay, Paffett and MŸller into the pits.
Lap 23 Wickens rejoins just ahead of Farfus, but after several attacks and spectacular racing, the Brazilian gets past to take the lead. Green into the pits.
Lap 24 Green rejoins ahead of Farfus and is now leading the race. Hand and Di Resta tangle, Di Resta goes through the gravel trap. Vietoris, Spengler, Ekstršm Hand, Juncadella, Rockenfeller, Martin and Mortara into the pits.
Lap 25 Molina, Di Resta, Petrov into the pits.
Lap 26 Wehrlein into the pits. He retires with damage following a collision with Tambay.
Lap 27 Green under investigation for using the option tyre possibly for one lap longer than allowed. Wickens gets a drive-through for an unsafe release during his pit stop, after which he impeded Glock.
Lap 28 Spengler and Paffett tangle. Drive-through for Green: infringement of the option tyre regulations.
Lap 30 Wittmann overtakes Glock and is now fourth. Green into the pits for his penalty.
Lap 31 Wickens forces Farfus through the outside in turn 2 and gets past.
Lap 32 Wittmann overtakes Farfus. Wickens get a black flack for non-respect of a drive-through penalty.
Lap 34 Wickens comes into the pits and ends his race.
Lap 35 Wittmann is leading from Farfus, Glock, Tomczyk, Scheider, Green, Tambay, Vietoris, Ekstršm and Spengler.
Lap 43 Martin and Paffett battle for 14th, Martin gets past.
Lap 44 Wittmann is leading from Farfus, Glock, Tomczyk, Scheider, Tambay, Green, Vietoris, Ekstršm and Spengler.
Lap 46 Vietoris runs wide and drops back to ninth.
Finish Wittmann takes his third win of the season.

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Series DTM
Event Spielberg
Sub-event Sunday race
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann
Article type Race report

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