Wittmann and BMW Team RMG honoured at the “Champions' Gala” in Wiesbaden
2015 sees the series of honours in recognition of Marco Wittmann's (DE) first DTM title in 2014 continue. At the “Champions' Gala” hosted by the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) in Wiesbaden on Friday, the DMSB president presented him with an award for his success. Wittmann's team principal Stefan Reinhold (DE) also received a trophy. BMW Team RMG secured first place in the Team standings of the DTM in 2014.
Marco, in Wiesbaden you received another award for your victory in the 2014 DTM season. Which of the trophies that you have received so far means the most to you?
Marco Wittmann: “First of all, I'd like to say that I had a fantastic evening at the DMSB Gala celebrations. I came across a lot of familiar faces, and it was great to be on stage alongside so many champions at the end of the evening. Naturally I am delighted with each of the awards, but being named ADAC motorsport personality of the year stands out. After all, you don't receive that award every day. It's fantastic to come out on top against so many other fantastic motorsport personalities.”
How much are you looking forward to taking to the track for the first time in your Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM with number 1 on the car?
Wittmann: “I can hardly wait to finally start testing again. I've had a lot of events since the end of the 2014 season, and have been away a lot, but not in a race car. If I could, I'd be back at the wheel of my Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM tomorrow. Starting with number 1 is something very special. This number shows what I achieved in 2014 and that I will be the one everyone wants to beat in the coming season. I'm really looking forward to having that role.”
As reigning DTM Champion, what are your aims for the new season?
Wittmann: “When you have number 1 on your car, there can only be one goal for the season: defending your title. But everyone knows how close the DTM is. Our rivals were already extremely strong in 2014, and have no doubt used the winter to become even stronger. We need to give it our all to be able to compete for the top spot again in 2015. Success isn't guaranteed in the DTM.”