BMW's Marco Wittmann believes he goes into tomorrow's season deciding race 'well placed' after extending his DTM championship lead over Edoardo Mortara at the Hockenheimring.

As the opening sprint race reached its halfway point, Wittmann found himself in a championship winning position as Mortara struggled down the order in eighth.

However, while Wittmann consolidated his sixth podium finish of the year in second, Mortara refused to give up the fight and stormed from eighth to third.

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The Team RMG driver still extended his championship lead over Mortara but gap stands at 17-points with a total of 25 still left to play for.

While assessing his afternoon's work, Wittmann also tipped his hat to Mortara's late race heroics.

"That was a good race for us. On the whole, we had good pace and second place means we gained another three points on Edoardo Mortara. That was important." Wittmann said.

"You have to acknowledge that he also drove a good race. Despite this, I am well-placed for tomorrow's season finale. I will continue to focus solely on doing my job in the cockpit."

Knowing Audi and Mortara would make it tough for Wittmann, BMW boss Jens Marquardt praised the way in which his driver handled the race.

"As expected, that was hard work here in Hockenheim today. Marco Wittmann did a superb job and really earned his 18 points," Marquardt said.

"We were unable to maintain our pace towards the end of the race, and the Audis had also saved some DRS. We saw some fair battles out there - that is exactly how it should be.

"Tomorrow, it will be important to show the same pace as we had in qualifying in the race itself. Whatever happens, we will give it our absolute all. Marco's lead has grown again, and we now want to win the title with him tomorrow."