Marco Wittmann has taken a significant stride towards the 2014 DTM title in only his second season after capitalising on drama around him to claim a third win of the season at the Red Bull Ring.
On a day BMW mostly dominated, controversial penalties for leading Mercedes' Robert Wickens and Audi's Jamie Green eliminated the challenge of the rival manufacturers, leaving BMW to control the race and allowing Wittmann to reap the rewards as its lead title contender.
With Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus moving over, Wittmann would leave a BMW 1-2-3-4 at the chequered flag, signalling the manufacturer's best DTM result since 1992.
Furthermore, with main rivals Mattias Ekstrom, Bruno Spengler and Edoardo Mortara finishing just seventh, tenth and 16th, Wittman has now extended his lead in the standings to a substantial 39 points.
“To be honest, I made a pretty poor start. I lost a few positions and dropped back down the field. However, it was important to keep calm, hold my nerve and avoid contact. I tried to move back up through the field, but the leading group was very evenly matched up until the pit stop. It was a good race, and I knew that everything was still possible.
“For this reason, I tried to look after my tyres and not push too hard, while the others were battling against each other quite a lot. The car had a very good balance after the pit stop and I was able to work my way forward again. To have four BMWs in the first four places is a great result for us all.”