Mercedes' Robert Wickens fulfilled his aim of getting into the points at the Nurburgring but a 'lack of pace' prevented the DTM title protagonist from pushing further forward.
Admitting he didn't get it right in qualifying, the HWA driver converted his 13th position starting slot into a ninth place finish, earning him two-points in the process.
Wickens had entered the 13th round of the season just 12-points in arrears of championship leader Wittmann but the BMW driver's third win of the season has created a 35-point gap between the pair.
From starting down the field it didn't take long for the Canadian to scythe his way into the points but his progress stagnated after the opening sequence of laps.
"Today was not our day, unfortunately. I didn't get things quite right in qualifying. That was my big problem, and then in the race, I simply didn't have the pace," said Wickens.
"We must now analyse the data carefully. I made a good start and was in the points. That was my main goal, but I was struggling with the car and just could not push forwards.
"In view of everything that happened, I should be satisfied with P9, but it was a disappointing day as far as the championship goes."