“This is my living room”
The Motodrom at Hockenheim is a good venue for Timo Glock. On Saturday, the BMW driver added another chapter to his success story. Third place in qualifying was followed by a five places’ grid drop penalty as the 36-year-old had incurred his third warning in the previous round at Spielberg. As the chequered flag was out, Glock had worked his way back up to P3. “This morning, I said to my guys, if they give me room to breathe on the opening lap, we will end up on the podium. It just fits. This is like my living room. I just figured out together with my son how many trophies from Hockenheim we have in the cabinet. There really are quite a few.”
In the season opener, Glock had already shone with victory and a third place. After that, he was leading the drivers’ standings for quite some time. In the previous year, he did it likewise with second place in the season opener and third place in the finale. Back in 2013, his first year in the DTM, the ex-Formula 1 driver already won in the Motodrom. “As soon as I drive into the track here in Thursday, I know that I can achieve something. I reckon that you could put me in the car the other way round, and it would still work out.” Glock is simply having fun at Hockenheim and he clearly shows it. “I watched René and Gary on the screen and thought: ‘you guys wait for me, I am coming up, too’. Unfortunately, I was too far off.”
If he could have it his way, Glock would even revolutionise the race calendar. “Perhaps I should suggest to Gerhard Berger to change the DTM calendar and have nine out of the ten race meetings here. We really should consider this. Not because of me, but because of the show. Every race here is spectacular and totally crazy.” However, even with his strong performance, Glock wasn’t able to stop serial winner Rast either.
The stalwart shows his respect for the Audi driver. “Normally, you have the racing god on your side for two or three races, and then he heads off to somebody else. I don’t have a clue what René has paid him or said to him. But fact is, you really have to acknowledge the performance he is currently showing. He is there when it matters. Last year, the situation was similar. And eventually, he was the one to walk away with a huge smile.”
Glock is currently fifth in the drivers’ standings with 143 points, equal on points with fellow BMW driver Marco Wittmann. His goal is clear: “I will try to make life as difficult as possible for those guys. I will try to expand my trophy collection from here a little bit more, preferably with a win. For the fans, the decision for the title tomorrow is a dream scenario.”