Marco Wittmann scored the maiden victory of his DTM career in the season opener at the Hockenheimring. It was also the first win for the BMW Team RMG and a perfect debut for the new BMW M4 DTM. The 24-year old German driver took the lead soon after the start on the third of 42 laps and didn’t lose it anymore until the finish.
“I am overjoyed. After two difficult years for the RMG team, this victory is very good for everyone. I kept an eye on the drivers behind me in the rear-view mirror all the time and I knew that the drivers with option tyres would be quicker than me towards the end of the race. However, my margin was big enough,” the BMW driver commented after his first victory in the eleventh DTM race of his career.
Two Audi drivers joined Wittmann on the winner’s podium. Mattias Ekström finished second, 12 seconds behind. Adrien Tambay, who had started from pole position for the first time in his DTM career, crossed the finish line in third place. In eleventh postion, Pascal Wehrlein was the best-placed driver of a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé.