BMW's Timo Glock says a new set up direction, founded at Zandvoort, was a key factor in achieving his maiden DTM victory at Hockenheim earlier today.
Glock, after making into Saturday's Q4 one-lap shootout for the first time yesterday, majestically guided his MTEK-run M3 through the rain-affected chaos to record his first ever tin-top victory since leaving Marrusia and F1 last season.
His route to victory, however, was not straight forward as the German had to fight back from ninth position after making a poor getaway.
An alternative strategy gave Glock the edge, staying out on worn tyres on a somewhat drying circuit enabled the DTM rookie to create a vital pit-stop margin over early leader Bruno Spengler who couldn't match the pace on newer rubber.
“What a day! My car was incredibly good all weekend,” said Glock.
“We have set the car up differently since Zandvoort. That lifted us to a completely new level. Thank you to my guys for the great job they have done – particularly during the pit stops.
“Thanks also to BMW for giving me this chance in the DTM as a former Formula One driver. I am pleased I was able to repay that faith today.”
Glock also went on to apologise to his BMW team mate Augusto Farfus following their turn 2 contact which spent the RBM-driver into a spin and ultimately out of race winning contention.
“I would like to apologise to Augusto,” said the race winner.
“I was squeezed out while braking into the first hairpin and ended up on the slippery white line. That meant I was not able to brake hard enough and unfortunately hit his car.
“It was a very unfortunate situation. That sort of thing should not happen between drivers racing for the same manufacturer.”
Finally, the 31-year old has dedicated his victory to his former Marrusia team mate Maria de Villota and Porsche Supercup star Sean Edwards who both tragically lost their lives in recent weeks.
“I would like to dedicate this win to my former colleagues Maria de Villota and Sean Edwards. I knew both of them well and really regret their tragic deaths.”