DTM at the Red Bull Ring challenging for Walkenhorst Motorsport
The DTM weekend at the Red Bull Ring was tough and unfortunately didn’t go as expected.
Red Bull Ring. Walkenhorst Motorsport started the penultimate DTM weekend of the season highly motivation. With a changed line-up, consisting of factory driver Marco Wittmann and Leon Köhler, the first qualifying session started on the 4.318-kilometer track in Styria. The #10 posted a strong lap time that resulted in P12. The #11 BMW M4 GT3 followed on P19.
In Saturday’s race, Marco Wittmann moved up to P14. Unfortunately, Leon Köhler had to park his vehicle early for technical reasons and was unable to finish the run.
Sunday promised to be exciting due to the difficult weather conditions. Qualifying began in heavy rain, which led to numerous incidents. Three red flags made it almost impossible to set a suitable lap time. Leon Köhler qualified for P11, Marco Wittmann in the Schaeffler design for P16. For safety reasons, the race in front of an Austrian audience was started in single file fashion. So there were relatively few incidents and the right tire strategy made the difference between victory and defeat in the end. The #10 and #11 Walkenhorst cars finished the last race at the Red Bull Ring on 14th and 13th place.
Theo Oeverhaus also had to overcome some challenges in Austria. In the first race he finished in P7. On Sunday he placed ninth. This puts him fourth in the championship standings.
The season finale takes place from October 7th to 9th at the Hockenheimring. Then the goal of the season, to win, shall be achieved.
Marco Wittmann, driver BMW M4 GT3 #11
“Of course, the crazy qualifying on Sunday was bad luck for us. Unfortunately, the strategy in the race wasn’t ideal as the track dried out at the end. Accordingly, it was a very difficult weekend where we weren’t able to collect any points. I hope that we can still get a positive result at Hockenheim.”
Leon Köhler, driver BMW M4 GT3 #10 “I sat in a BMW for the first time on Friday. For that I can be very satisfied. I was speechless that I was even allowed to drive DTM at the weekend because that was always my dream. This has now come true and I think I was able to perform well.”
DTM am Red Bull Ring für Walkenhorst Motorsport herausfordernd