Marco Wittman won the first DTM race in HockenheimMay 5, 2019
BMW Team RMG driver Marko Wittmann turned pole into a victory in the first DTM race at Hockenheimring, leading from start to finish.
Like the W Series qualification shortly before the start, the race was held in extremely difficult weather conditions, but it was surprisingly calm. The distance was reduced from 36 to 34 laps due to additional warm-up laps, which the riders overcame before the start, but on cold tires and without auxiliary electronics, canceled this year, not all managed to start flawlessly. Robin Frains managed to break from fifth to second place in the first corner, Wittman kept the position, and behind René Rast turned Timo Glock – there was no punishment.
Later on, Wittman confidently headed the peloton, controlling the gap to Rene Rast, who threatened the leader’s position for most of the distance – up to the 28th lap, when his Audi RS5 stopped on the sidelines due to technical problems. Conditions on the track improved, but not to such an extent as to put slicks, and the BMW pilot calmly brought the matter to victory after a late pit stop.
Marco was followed by Mike Rockenfeller and Robin Freins, for whom this podium was third in the DTM. Timo Glock led a strong race, after the incident at the start, he broke to the fourth line. The best pilot on the Aston Martin was Daniel Juncadella, who finished in ninth place.
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