DTM

Marco Wittmann completes BMW line-up for DTM's trip to Japan

Marco Wittmann will complete BMW's trio of drivers heading to Japan for the Super GT x DTM 'Dream Race' next month.

Wittmann joins the already confirmed Alex Zanardi and Kamui Kobayashi as DTM joins the Super GT field for a non-championship race at the Fuji circuit on November 22-24.

Seven of the eight DTM teams will enter a car for the 'Dream Race' which comes after Super GT fielded three cars at DTM's season finale at Hockenheim.

Wittmann, who claimed the DTM title in 2014 and 2016, says he's looking forward to seeing what he and the DTM field can achieve.

"It's great to be part of the ‘Dream Race’ in Fuji. Alex Zanardi, who is an idol of mine, Kamui Kobayashi and I make a strong team," he said. 

"I have been to Japan before, but have never been to Fuji. I really like the country. The people there are just so friendly, the fans are very enthusiastic and they love their motorsport.

"I am looking forward to the race and the event as a whole, and to the Super GT in particular. We have already seen what a great welcome the three cars from Japan received at Hockenheim.

"That shows that the DTM is going in the right direction with regard to the future. Of course, it will primarily be a show event but when the lights go green, you just want to be successful. So my aim is to be competing right at the front. I am looking forward to it so much."

BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt added: "Having finished the 2019 DTM season in third place, Marco Wittmann now completes our ‘Dream Team’ for the ‘Dream Race'.

"Marco is the most successful BMW DTM driver of recent years and is therefore the ideal ambassador to represent our DTM programme in Japan.

"We now have a strong driver line-up, with Alex Zanardi, Kamui Kobayashi and Marco.

"The journey to Japan is a trip into the unknown and an adventure for all of us. However, BMW Team RBM is an experienced DTM team that also knows all about the challenges posed by races in other countries. We are very well prepared for Fuji. The ‘Dream Race’ will be a fantastic event and we are all really looking forward to it."

Audi has confirmed its four drivers for the race will be René Rast, Mike Rockenfeller, Loïc Duval and Benoît Tréluyer, with R-Motorsport opting not to participate.