German talent Marco Wittmann tackles Mount Panorama for first time

TOO QUICK: Marco Wittmann recorded the fastest time in the Lightning Group B sprint one, in the BMW M6 GT3. Photo: ANYA WHITELAW

TOO QUICK: Marco Wittmann recorded the fastest time in the Lightning Group B sprint one, in the BMW M6 GT3. Photo: ANYA WHITELAW

IN HIS first drive in Australia, let alone Mount Panorama, German talent Marco Wittmann held his own on the world famous track. 

Even though Wittmann clocked the best time in the Lightning Group B sprint one (2:06.604 seconds), he understood that will not mean much come the Bathurst 12 Hour next February. 

“It’s nothing special [to drive the fastest time],” Wittmann said.

“It’s not all about lap time, it’s more about getting confident with the car and with the track.”

“It’s my first time here in Australia and it’s more about preparation for the 12 Hour. 

“We’re also getting in touch with the track and the layout.”

Wittman went on to record a time of 2:09.790 in the Lightning Group A sprint two and then 2:09.171 in Lightning Group Group A sprint three. 

After driving Mount Panorama for the first time, Wittmann believes the track has lived up to the hype, calling it “amazing”.

“I’ve already raced at a lot of special tracks like Macau and Spa and to be here in Bathurst is something special for me as well,” Wittmann said.

“The track is good fun, challenging and tricky, but that’s what we like – having some challenge on the track.

Confidence will be high for Wittmann going into the Bathurst 12 Hour next year, alongside teammates Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom.

“We have a good lineup and we can hope for a good week,” Wittman said. 

“We need to try and get all things sorted, but I’m looking forward to it.” 

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