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Excitement down to the final corner: Marco Wittmann claims his fourth win of the DTM season at Brands Hatch
Marco Wittmann won race eleven of the 2019 DTM season at Brands Hatch to make up more ground in the Drivers’ Championship. The BMW driver dominated for much of the race, before his closest rival René Rast (Audi) closed in on the final lap. However, Wittmann was able to defend his lead and, after 42 laps of racing, crossed the finish line first with a lead of 0.374 seconds. The 29-year-old came in for his mandatory pit stop on lap 14 of the demanding circuit, before completing the remaining two thirds of the race on one set of Hankook race tires. This successful strategy allowed Wittmann to claim his fourth win of the season and the 15th victory of his DTM career.
Brands Hatch/Great Britain, 12 August 2019 – It was not pole-sitter Marco Wittmann (BMW), but Scotland’s Paul di Resta who made the best start in the Saturday race at Brands Hatch. The Aston Martin driver rocketed through from fourth place on the grid to take an early lead. However, he was subsequently handed a time penalty for a jump start, which saw him plummet back down the field. From that point on, the race was dominated by Wittmann, who came in for a new set of Hankook race tires on lap 14.
Second-placed René Rast (Audi) did close the gap to Wittmann on the final lap, but it was too little too late and he ran out of time to launch an attack on the BMW driver. Wittmann was followed over the finish line by a quartet of Audi drivers – Rast, Nico Müller, Robin Frijns and Loic Duval – in positions two to five. Sixth place went to the second best BMW driver, Philipp Eng. The best-placed Aston Martin was that of Daniel Juncadella in tenth place.
Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “We witnessed another exciting DTM race at this iconic Brands Hatch circuit. It showed once again just how important the pit stop strategy is. The first three drivers did a long second stint on one set of Hankook Ventus Race tires, at the end of which the desired drop-off effect kicked in. The driver and the way he manages his tires play an important role in the DTM. When it comes down to it, the spectators want to see the races decided out on the track by the drivers.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW): “Tire management is very important this season, as the turbo engine, which is over 100 hp more powerful, means that tire wear is far greater than last year. We coped well with the situation and were able to push from the start and open up a gap on the Hankook race tire. That proved to be the right tactic, although it did get rather close again at the end. We did enough to get the win and I am delighted.”
René Rast (Audi): “Tire selection was tough in qualifying, when the track was wet in places. However, slicks were definitely the right way to go in the race, when we had dry conditions. The Hankook race tires worked well and I should have pushed earlier on them. If I had, we could have done even better. However, it is easy to say that after the race.”
Nico Müller (Audi): “I started on a used set of tires from qualifying. That was not easy, as all the other drivers around me were on new Hankook race tires. I was able to push on a new set of tires in my long second stint, and am happy with the race and third place.”
Daniel Juncadella (Aston Martin): “As in Assen, the tires were put under a lot of strain here at Brands Hatch. However, as a driver, you have to be able to cope with and adapt to the wear, which is nothing out of the ordinary. I was able to gain a lot of positions because I managed the good Hankook race tires properly.”