BMW has claimed its second win of the 2014 DTM season during round three in Hungary with Marco Wittmann being the front-man. This is also Wittmann’s second win of the season after having done the same during the season opener in Hockenheim. Wittman slipped off during the second round where Mercedes-Benz took the win and this round was a repeat of round 1 for Mercedes where none of their drivers gained points.
The best placed Mercedes-AMG driver was the hard-running Robert Wickens who had started in 17th but worked his way up to 7th. Unfortunately Wickens lost the position and finished the race in 11th. Finishing in second behind Wittmann was Miguel Molina driving for ABT Audi team. He lost a few positions when the race started but was able to regain them back and settle for a comfortable second. This was Molina’s first podium finish since 2011.
BMW closed the podium with veteran driver Bruno Spengler who dashed to finish in third before the race was over. During the second half of the race Spengler opted for the faster option tires, he thus managed to close in on his opponents to secure the third place. Audi had the next two positions with Edoardo Mortara and Adrien Tambay finishing in fourth and fifth respectively.
It was a dull day for Augusto Farfus who finished the race last and also for Timo Glock had been running fifth during the entire race only to collide with Audi driver Nico Müller forcing his retirement on the last lap. Reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller finished in tenth place even after showing signs of moving up positions during the race.
Marco Wittmann now leads the championship with 50 points ahead of Rockenfeller who has 31 points. The next round will be at Norisring which happens to be Wittmann’s homeground!
This is a great success, because in the closing stages, you never know whether the drivers with option tyres can still close up. However, our strategy worked out. I built up a huge advantage and then held on to it without making any mistakes. I am not wasting any thoughts on the title, we are just working from one race to another.
We were quick and after my bad luck in the first two races, I am really happy with this second place. We have deserved this podium finish and there are still quite a few races to go, so I finally want to win one of them.