DTM 2018: Timo Glock drives at Hockenheim to the top

BMW Motorsport can look back on a successful Start into the DTM season in 2018. At the season-opener at the Hockenheimring BMW M4 DTM had a total of of the strongest vehicles and was able to ride in all the Sessions, and in the absolute top group. The overall best Performance showed quite clearly that Timo Glock, who was in both races, the strongest BMW driver, and on his third place from Saturday to his first victory of the Season on Sunday follow. His victory in the Pole Position in the Qualifying session was preceded by what impression rounds off its strong Performance over the entire race weekend.

Not entirely successful, the points went to collect the rest of the BMW drivers. In addition to Glock only Bruno Spengler made it two races in the Top-10 in the second race Joel Eriksson and Augusto Farfus were able to ride in the Top 10. In the drivers ‘standings, Timo Glock (44 points) and Mercedes Pilot Gary Paffett (43) after the first weekend at the top, in the manufacturers’ championship for Mercedes with 103 points, well ahead of BMW (72) and Audi (39).

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “it was perfect advertising for the Motorsport and the DTM. It has cost me, in the meantime, a lot of nerves, but it was a great race. We have seen hard but fair battles of great athletes – so it must be a Motorsport. Timo has shown nerves of steel, re-enforced and the thing drove home. Congratulations to this exceptional performance. And place four of our Rookie Joel Eriksson was also a great performance. To do this, kudos to Bruno Spengler, who has shown from the very back of a great catching up on rank eight. With a total of four BMW M4 DTMs in the Top-10, we have brought a Top result. The entire weekend went well for us. We lead with Timo Glock in the drivers ‘ standings. This motivates us for the further course of the season.“

Stefan Reinhold (team principal, BMW Team RMG): “just madness. Unbelievable. What has shown to Timo today, on the track, this is incredible. I am very happy for all the guys in the Team because we have worked over the Winter all is extremely hard. But if one has seen Marco and Augusto that not all of the little things to match perfectly. The DTM field is so tight that you can fight fast only the tenth place.“

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience, the M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG – Qualifying result: 8. Place Race Result: 11. Place, points: 2): “Both yesterday and today it went for us, more to the rear than to the front. We need to look at intensively the data to find out what it is located. In Qualifying we were pretty good on the road. We were not able to use in the race. It is of course disappointing, with only two points from the first Qualifying home. But the season is still long. Congratulations of course also to Timo and the whole BMW Team RMG for this great result.“

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG – Qualifying result: 13. Place Race Result: 10. Place, points: 1): “After all, we were able to get a point. After the first round we managed to fight back to us. We have given everything. The base is good, now we need to work on the subtleties. But the next race, we should be able to optimistic approach. Now we go home and start preparing for the second race weekend. Congratulations of course to Timo to victory.“

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – Qualifying result: 1. Place, Race Result: 1. Place, points: 44): “that was The hottest race of my life. To me, the words are still missing. I won the race, but the real winner today is the DTM. That was incredible Motorsport – exactly what we want to offer the Fans. The duel with Gary reminded me of a fight between two boxers in the Ring. We have given us nothing, and both wanted to end the victory. It was a hard but very fair fight. For us, it was the podium on Saturday, as well as the pole position and the victory today is a fantastic kick-off weekend.“

Bart Mampaey (team principal, BMW Team RBM): “Today we have seen a Motorsport classic. It was a great race and a great battle between Timo Glock and Gary Paffett. In the case of Joel, we had a good strategy, and in comparison to yesterday, we were able to improve us significantly. To come in as a Rookie so close to the Podium is a great achievement. Since it was at the top so exciting, not to many have noticed what an incredible race Bruno hazards. To start due to the penalty from the very back and then up to the eighth row of the grid, is great. The Team has shown in him also the fastest pit stop of the race. Philip could not drive from the back of the field forward, but has also learned a lot. Now we will draw our Lessons from this weekend and the top prepared to go to the lausitzring.“

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR – Qualifying result: 18. Place Race Result: 14. Place, points: -): “I am very happy for Timo and BMW. My race was quite good, certainly another step forward. The race Pace was, as yesterday, okay, the Start has worked out well this Time. After a good first round, I was stuck in traffic. Unfortunately this is the case, if one starts relatively far to the rear.“

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – Qualifying result: 14. Place Race Result: 8. Place, points: 12): “I went to my penalty for blocking in Qualifying, from the very back to the eight rank to the front. The car was very good over the distance. It has been really fun. The Team did a super Job, and our strategy was good and also during the pit stop, the guys were really fast. The penalty after Qualifying has cost us some points. But for now, we focus on the Lausitzring.“

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – Qualifying result: 3. Place Race Result: 4. Place, points: 13): “I think I can be with my first DTM weekend. Today is the first Stint was not so easy, after that it was all the better. I came up with the tire very well and had a couple of great battles. Against Gary, it was not quite so easy, but number four is at the end in order.“

[resources : bimmertoday.de]
by : klonr.com

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