…“It was the coolest race of my life” – Says Driver
BMW Team RMG’s Timo Glock (GER) has won the second race of the DTM season at Hockenheim (GER) and has taken the lead in the drivers’ standings with 44 points.
During the second half of the most exciting DTM race race in recent history, he was embroiled in a spectacular duel for the win in his DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM with Gary Paffett (GBR, Mercedes). The two experienced drivers fought wheel-to-wheel time and again, with the lead changing hands many times.
Glock retained the upper-hand and celebrated the fifth win of his DTM career and 78th win for BMW after 36 laps. The 36-year-old had secured his fifth DTM pole position in qualifying.
Joel Eriksson (SWE, BMW M4 DTM) picked up his first point for qualifying in third place at his first DTM race weekend, and finished fourth after a strong race. Bruno Spengler (CAN) delivered a strong recovery drive from the back of the grid in his BMW Bank M4 DTM and crossed the finish line in eighth place. Augusto Farfus (BRA, Shell BMW M4 DTM) finished tenth ahead of Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM). Philipp Eng (AUT, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) finished his second DTM race in 14th place.
Reacting from Sunday’s race in Hockenheim, Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director) described the race result as a perfect advert for motorsport and for the DTM.
He said: “My nerves were shot at times, but it was a fantastic race. We saw hard, but fair duels from great athletes – that’s what motorsport should be like. Timo showed nerves of steel, kept on asserting himself and brought the win home.
“Congratulations on this extraordinary performance. Fourth place from our rookie Joel Eriksson was also a fantastic performance and a big thumbs up goes to Bruno Spengler, who caught up brilliantly from the back of the grid to finish in eighth. With a total of four BMW M4 DTMs in the top ten, we got a great result.
“The whole weekend went well for us. We lead the drivers’ standings with Timo Glock. Naturally, that motivates us for the rest of the season.”
Whereas, to Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG), the race of the day was totally incredible.
“What Timo did on the track today,” he pointed out, “is phenomenal. I’m really pleased for all the guys in the team, because we all worked extremely hard over the winter. But Marco and Augusto showed that not everything is perfect yet. The DTM field is so close that it doesn’t take much to be left being only able to fight for tenth place.”