Zolder ‘not your typical DTM racetrack’ says Wittmann

Zolder ‘not your typical DTM racetrack’ says Wittmann

Marco Wittmann
Photo: BMW Motorsport/DTM

Marco Wittmann currently leads the DTM 2019 standings, with a three point lead over Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline driver Robin Frijns. The BMW Team RMG driver is expecting a challenging weekend ahead as the DTM series returns to Zolder, Belgium.

The circuit, that hasn’t featured in the DTM for 17 years, has only been raced on by a handful of the current grid, meaning many will not be familiar with the challenge of the four-kilometre circuit.

“I do know Zolder, but it is 12 years since I raced there in Formula BMW,” said Wittmann.

“It is a very tight little circuit with few straights – not your typical DTM racetrack.”

The drivers are forecasting it will be difficult to overtake during the races, as the Zolder circuit only offers two real passing locations. Wittmann therefore believes qualifying holds an added significance.

“I think qualifying will be extremely important, as overtaking could be tricky at Zolder.”

The BMW driver achieved a lights-to-flag victory in the first race at Hockenheim, a circuit very different in character to Zolder. Wittmann particularly noted the kerbs at the Belgian circuit as presenting a unique challenge.

“The kerbs in the chicanes will be a big issue, whether we should drive over them of are better off avoiding them in the DTM car.

“Friday’s first practice session is definitely going to be interesting. It is a new racetrack on the calendar, so we must try to adapt to it quickly and find a good rhythm from the word go.

“Then we can hope for a good second race weekend of the season.”