BMW Team RMG driver Marco Wittman finally claimed a DTM victory in his home race at the Norisring in Nuremburg.
The Fürth racer came out on top after a thrilling battle on Sunday and secured the 11th DTM win of his career.
“That was really cool! Absolutely smashing! That was the race of my life,” the BMW driver enthused over the team radio.
Second place went to Edoardo Mortara of Silberpfeil Energy Mercedes AMG, while Mercedes Remus driver Daniel Juncadella, after his maiden pole position, scored his maiden DTM podium finish by coming home third.
“Today, I simply left out the second step on the podium. That is beautiful, I can’t describe it. Here, I have tried so many times and it never worked out. For me, this home win almost equals my two titles,” Wittmann said, as quoted by the official DTM site.
The 28-year-old also opted against enforcing a bet he held with Wolfgang Schlosser, the chairman of the organising Motorsport Club Nürnberg.
The chairman told the BMW driver years ago that he would cut off his shoulder-length grey hair if Wittmann won. “His wife likes his hair very much. Therefore, we leave the hair on and I just enjoy my victory," said the driver.
Wittman added, “Tonight, we will certainly open a bottle of wine. Then, I have one week holiday to recharge my batteries and then I am looking forward to Zandvoort. There, I have always been very successful, too.”
Gary Paffet leads the Drivers’ Championship, though he holds only a six-point lead over Mortara, who in turn is just one point ahead of both Wittmann and Timo Glock. The next round of the 2018 DTM series is set for Zandvoort on the weekend of 14-15 July.