Hard times for the local heroes
They had such high hopes for their home races. Marco Wittmann and Maximilian Götz wanted to show their numerous family members and friends along the track what they are able to pull off. However, the results of the two prior to the second race at the Norisring are rather lacklustre. That is especially the case for Mercedes-Benz driver Götz, who had to park his car in the pits during the race on Saturday. For Wittmann, the race at least brought a ninth-place finish with his BMW M4 DTM and therefore some championship points.
“Perhaps, I could have done a little bit better, but the sessions on Saturday really were lotteries, particularly so in qualifying,” Wittmann reported on Saturday, only partially happy. “However, the sun will be shining tomorrow and I want to finish further up to the front.” After qualifying on Sunday, this wish doesn’t look likely to be fulfilled. At no time during the 20 minutes’ session, Wittmann’s name showed up among the first third of the field and he ended up a disappointing 22nd and therefore the worst-placed of all BMW drivers. The reigning champion could very well be quite frustrated, but perhaps, this anger will also be the reason that the driver from nearby Fürth can make his way up from the back of the field.
For Maximilian Götz, spirits are probably not much better after his achievements at his home track so far. The driver from Uffenheim started the first race from 20th place. Prior to the event, he had really hoped to be able to start the race within the top ten. For him, the first race at the Norisring didn’t go well at all. The reason was the gearbox of his Mercedes-AMG C63 AMG. There were massive problems, gears couldn’t be selected and Götz had to park his car in the pits after 17 laps. “Unfortunately, there was nothing else I could do. Prior to my problems, I was faster than the drivers in front of me. It really was too bad, especially in my home race,” Götz commented. Qualifying on Sunday also gave little reason to be hopeful. The DTM rookie will be starting the race from 16th place. Perhaps, however, he will be using his chance, just like Wittmann, to drive without pressure and to make up positions.