ROWE RACING loses overall lead in Endurance Cup after emerging pointless from a difficult home race
Two-time German DTM champion Marco Wittmann, British driver Nick Yelloly and Austria’s Philipp Eng had to be content with 15th place, as they were unable to make an impact in the #98 BMW M4 GT3, which was damaged early on by a spinning rival. Having claimed victory at the season-opener in Monza and in the 24 Hours of Spa, and secured third place in Le Castellet in between, this result saw the trio drop out of top spot overall in the Endurance Cup. Ahead of the season finale on 1st October in Barcelona, they are now 18 points behind the Mercedes trio who triumphed on Sunday (76:94), and ROWE RACING is now 15 points adrift in the team standings (81:96). The BMW Junior Team, consisting of Neil Verhagen from the USA, German driver Max Hesse and Britain’s Dan Harper, finished eleventh at the Nürburgring in the team’s #998 car, just missing out on a points finish.
Marco Wittmann (#98 ROWE RACING BMW M4 GT3): “This was a disappointing race for us, as we scored no points and at the same time, the win went to our main rival for the Endurance title. Obviously, that puts us in a very difficult position for the final race in Barcelona. Our car had light damage from the start and suffered some very bad damage after the collision with the Lamborghini. The whole left side and the diffuser were smashed up. But in general, we have to admit that we could not keep pace with the speed of our rivals here.”
Dan Harper (#998 ROWE RACING BMW M4 GT3): “To be honest, after that qualifying and being 31st on the grid, we didn’t have a chance. Generally, theBMW M4 GT3 didn’t have the pace that it showed in the previous races. However, the WRT cars also seemed to be faster than we were. The team worked perfectly and made no mistakes, so thanks very much for that!
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