Timo Glock shines after a long drought
While second-placed Bruno Spengler already was able to spray plenty of champagne during prize-giving ceremonies this DTM season – the Canadian scored his fifth podium finish of the year – his team-mate Timo Glock had a season premiere. Eight times, the ex Formula 1 driver didn’t even score any points at all. Saturday at Oschersleben was all the more of a relief for him. Glock put his car on pole, won the first race at the Motorsport Arena and also posted the fastest race lap.
“Relief is huge. Especially in qualifying, I had a heavy burden coming off my shoulders. This year, it simply never worked out so far. Fortunately, it was different here on Saturday afternoon,” the winner said. “In the race, everything went according to plan as well. I was able to control the race pretty quickly and pull a gap from Bruno. Finally, a win after such a long time. That is great!” For his team, it even was a historic race. MTEK team principal Ernest Knoors: “That is the best day since we joined the DTM. I am really happy for Timo Glock, because he didn’t have an easy season so far. But he never gave up and kept on working hard together with the guys. Now, everything was spot-on. Bruno Spengler always was among the front runners in the past races and showed another great performance today.”
During the 2013 season finale at Hockenheim, Glock had scored his first, and until Saturday only, DTM race win. Never before had he been on pole position: “I can’t remember when I last started a formation lap without having any other car in front of me. That was something very special. Crowing it all with a victory is even more beautiful.” However, there isn’t much time for Glock to enjoy his success. After all, the next encounter follows on Sunday. “Then, the whole fun starts all over again. Just one mistake on the decisive qualifying lap and I am all the way down the ranks again. In the DTM, you always have to do a perfect job and put in at least one top lap. When you are not up front, especially here at Oschersleben, it is difficult.” When things go equally well for Glock and Spengler on Sunday, nothing speaks against a huge party in the MTEK camp.