BMW Motorsports driver Marco Whittmann took his third win of the 2019 DTM championship season at the Assen circuit in the the Netherlands on Saturday to keep his hopes of winning the championship alive.
The German who started the race from pole position braved the terrible weather conditions to build up a lead over Rene Rast to take victory despite the opening laps been run under safety car conditions. Once the safety car peeled off, Whittmann put his foot to the floor to record another win and speaking following the race he said:
“Making a comeback after my difficult home race at the Norisring with pole position and victory here is a super feeling. To earn the maximum number of available points is an outstanding result. Today, I had a mega good car, just sensational. Thanks to the team for that! However, it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. None of the drivers were familiar with such conditions and Audi was strong as well – particularly in the opening stages.” – Marco Wittmann, winner
Nico Muller used a great strategy by his Audi team which propelled him through the field from sixth place on the grid to finish the race in second just behind Whittmann. Speaking following the race, Muller commented by saying:
Our car was extremely fast. And moving up from sixth to second was really good. So we can be happy and we’ll be attacking again tomorrow. Today, our goal was to make our stop at a late stage, get the set of tyres to the right pressure and keep up the pace. Sadly, we didn’t get the second set to the right temperature quickly enough – I needed another half a lap to try and keep Marco behind.”
Rene Rast came home in third place and speaking following the race he said:
In cold conditions, we were better than BMW at getting the rain tyres to the right temperature. Still, we were stuck behind Marco, so I wasn’t able to benefit from this slight advantage. Nevertheless, the duel in the opening stages was fun. As the points leader, you can’t afford to start any crazy actions because points are crucial. Therefore, I happily settled for position. For us, third place is a good result to score many valuable points.