Marco Wittmann wins DTM title but Audi wins both final races
Photo and report Willem J. Staat
German Marco Wittmann(BMW RMG BMW M4) and Swiss Italian Edoardo Mortara (Audi RS5 Team ABT Sportsline went into the final race of the season with a 17 points difference. The only thing Wittmann had to do was to finish 5th or higher in case Mortara might win the race. And that exactly happened in the final race of the year with Mortara winning and Wittmann finishing fourth with BMW colleagues Timo Glock and Maxime Martin Marco did not need to worry. Also he did not take the risk to attack both C63’s from Christian Vietoris and Paul di Resta in front of him. With a calculated drive Wittmann took his 2nd DTM title within two years. And for BMW it was the third in five years. After a bad start Mortara quickly recovered in the 6th lap of the race and took the lead and finished 3.040 secs. ahead of Vietoris. But it was not enough. In fact he lost the title in the second race at Zandvoort when he got an unfair “drive-through” penalty. The first race at Hockenheim was being taken by Spaniard Miquel Molina and Marco Wittmann took second ahead of Mortara which kept the championship battle open until Sunday. Hardly any news in the FIA Formula 3 championship. Canadian Lance Stroll took all three races, already having been clinched the title at Imola two weeks ago. Stroll will move tot he Williams F1 Team next year. But the real story of the weekend was the way how Audi shoved former champion Timo Scheider out of the way. Apparently Scheider got an unemotional phone call from Audi on Thursday prior tot he race that his services for the marque were not longer needed……..It led to an emotional press conference on Saturday evening.