BMW's Marco Wittmann says he arrives at the Nurburgring in a positive frame of mind as the Team RMG driver prepares to defend his championship lead ahead of Robert Wickens.
Following a commanding second win of the year at the Moscow Raceway, Wittmann currently leads the championship race by 12-points over the leading Mercedes of Wickens in second position.
As during his maiden title win in 2014, Wittmann's level of consistency has been near bulletproof. The 26-year old has recorded two just non-points scores [out of twelve] so far this season, significantly less than any of his title rivals.
Since making their return to the DTM in 2012, BMW have won at the Nurburgring on no less than three occasions, with Wittmann stepping onto the top step in 2014.
"The Nürburgring is always worth a visit - and that is true for drivers too. It is like a second home race for me, as BMW Team RMG has its headquarters nearby. We have had very good results here up to now," said Wittmann.
"I was able to win in 2014 and then Maxime did it in 2015. Especially after winning in Moscow, that is why I have a positive feeling about the race weekend at the Nürburgring."
Aside from Wittmann taking command of the title race, BMW also lead the teams' and manufacturers' standings ahead of Audi and Mercedes.
"We have also celebrated some great successes in the Eifel in recent years: in 2014 we had the win for Marco Wittmann, and then Maxime Martin won in 2015," said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.
"We are now leading all three DTM championships as we arrive at the Nürburgring, but we know that it will not be easy for us there. Everything is so tight that every point counts in the last third of the season."