MarcoWittmann, born on 24th of November, 1989 in Furth, Bavaria, is a German racing driver and double DTM series champion.
Successful period in karting
When he was 7 years old, Marco started to drive karting and over the years he has competed in many regional events. In 2005, Wittmann stepped on the international stage and took 5th place in the European Championship. Next year, he won Asia-Pacific Championship and Andrea Margutti Trophy and finished as a runner-up in the German Championship and Italian Open Masters.
Wittmann during his karting days
Formula BMW runner-up
After graduating in karting, Wittmann moved to Formula BMW and finished the season as the world vice-champion. In 2008, while he was competing in European Formula BMW, he was again a runner-up but he was prepared to go to a higher level.
Marco Wittmann, Formula BMW
Marco Wittman spent three years in Formula 3 Euro Series
In 2009, Marco debuted in Formula 3 Euro Series, driving for Mucke Motorsport. The beginning wasn’t easy and Wittmann didn't score any points until the last round at Hockenheim where he scored points in both races. At the end of the year, talented German was 16th in standings.
Marco celebrates Formula 3 Euro Series victory
The following two years Marco spent in the same competition, driving for a Signature team and he established himself as one of the best drivers in the series, scoring a total of 6 wins and 15 podium finishes. In 2010, he was 2nd, losing to Edoardo Mortara, but finishing in front of Valtteri Bottas, Antonio Felix da Costa, Daniel Juncadella and other well-known names. In 2011, Wittmann again finished as a runner-up, this time losing to Roberto Merhi.
Marco Wittmann signed with BMW
In 2013, Marco signed a contract with BMW and became a factory driver, but he sat out the whole season, preparing himself for the new challenge. Next year, Wittmann debuted in DTM championship and was named Rookie of the Year after he finished 8th in the standings. The best result he achieved in his first season was the 2nd place at Red Bull Ring and a pole position at Zandvoort.
Since 2012 Wittmann is BMW factory driver
2014 DTM champion
The season of 2014 was the most successful in Marco’s career so far. He moved from BMW Team MTEK to BMW Team RMG, driving a BMW M4 DTM and winning the title in 4 out of 10 races of the season, at Hockenheimring, Hungaroring, Red Bull Ring, and Nurburgring. He also had one 2nd position at Zandvoort. Wittmann collected 156 points and was 50 points ahead of the 2nd placed Mattias Ekstrom.
Marco Wittman won 2014 DTM title
DTM changed its competition format in 2015. The number of races was doubled so Marco had to put a lot of effort in order to defend his crown. He managed to win the race at Zandvoort, he finished 2nd in Moscow and 3rd at Oschersleben which wasn’t enough for another title. Wittmann finished 6th in the standings and was the 2nd best BMW driver.
Wittmann wins another DTM trophy
He stayed with the same team and he drove the same car in the past two years. In 2016, Wittmann started a campaign with a lot of optimism. After two thirds of the season, this talented racer topped the standings in one of the toughest seasons in the history of the competition. he kept his nerves calm until the end of the campaign and for the second time was crowned as a DTM champion, only four points ahead of Edoardo Mortara.
With his BMW M4 DTM
Wittmann failed to pick points only twice and had scored three wins, at Red Bull Ring, Moscow Raceway, and Nurburgring. Marco finished 2nd and Zandvoort and in the first race of the Hockenheim finale, and also had a 3rd place at Nurburgring.
Marco Wittmann - 2016 DTM title winner celebrates with his team
F1 test with Toro Rosso and other racing experience
During his career, Marco Wittmann had also a couple of GT3 appearances, competing in VLN and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge. He also raced several times in 24 Hours of Nurburgring while in 2015 he had a test with Toro Rosso Formula 1 team.