2014 DTM Champ Marco Wittmann Will Start Today’s Race from the First Row

BMW and Marco Wittmann were being serious when they said that winning the Drivers’ Championship won’t put them on the backburners. Yesterday, after an interesting qualifying, Marco Wittmann claimed the second position on the starting grid, just shy of pole.
Marco Wittmann on Zandvoort 1 photo
Photo: BMW
Today, the German will be kicking off the Zandvoort race from the first row, with his BMW ICE Watch M4. The 24-year-old posted the fastest time of all BMW teams around the Dutch track, being clocked in at 1:30.739 minutes, just 26 thousandths of a second short of claiming pole.

Other drivers put in work as well, with Martin Tomczyk and Joey Hand qualifying amongst the top 10 as well on the eighth and ninth positions. The rest of the platoon sees Timo Glock starting off from the 14th place, Bruno Spengler on 15th and Maxime Martin on the 17th place.

“We have witnessed another very impressive qualifying from Marco Wittmann, who missed out on pole position by the blink of an eye. He did an absolutely fantastic job once again. After all, he still has a heavier car than the opposition. That makes his performance all the more impressive,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, after the qualifying round.

“Tire degradation is really bad here in Zandvoort, so the tires only work well for the first one or two laps before they start to wear. You cannot clock a quick lap time then. That was the case with me, and why we came into the pits and watched to see what on to see what unfolded. Tomorrow’s race will definitely not be easy, but we do start from a good position,” said the Champion.

The ninth race of the season will take place today, in the Netherlands, and has BMW fighting for two more titles: for the Manufacturers and Teams Championships, after already claiming the Drivers’ title that will go to Marco Wittmann this year.
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