BMW's Timo Glock says strong points with an eye on the podium are the target after securing his first ever DTM front row position in yesterday's Budapest qualifying session.
The former F1-ace, now in his second DTM season since leaving the Marussia F1 team at the end of 2012, shares the front row with BMW team mate Marco Wittmann, who is proving to be the man to beat at the sharp end in qualifying form.
Glock admits since making the now axed Q4 shootout last year in Hockenheim's season finale, he finally has the formula to achieve the maximum out of his MTEK-run M4 machine on Saturday afternoons after tailoring his driving style around the series.
The German also put his front row slot down to changes made to the car prior to the Oschersleben round, a weekend where he said he failed to get the most out of it.
“I think it was the maximum we could have got out of the car today and I managed to get a good lap together as well,” Glock told crash.net
“In general, I'm now happy to be now in the top three in qualifying trim. I've been fighting for a long time to get there after struggling all last year to get the best out of the car, but in Hockenheim at the end of the year I managed the top four shootout there which was a good step.
“So thereafter I've been working on trying to adapt and change my driving style for this year and I worked hard on that after the winter tests.
“In Hockenheim I think we had a good pace and then I made a mistake in quail where we missed out on Q3. It was the same again in Oschersleben, not a good weekend where luck wasn't on our side but I had a really good feeling with the couple of laps I did with the car because we made some changes on the set up which paid off for Oschersleben and here.”
Unlike the majority of runners, Glock achieved his best time on the second lap of his final Q3 run, the 32-year old said the balance on his opening lap wasn't up to the optimum level and believes that may have cost him a run at pole position.
“Normally you want to hit it in the first lap because this is where the maximum grip is but for some reason I just struggled, with my only set of new tyres in Q3, to find a balance and the tyres didn't come in together.
“Then suddenly on lap 2 the tyres came in and the car was balanced even though I didn't have as much overall grip but due to the way the car is set up I was able to squeeze out the lap.
“I think if the tyres had been in a better shape on the first lap then maybe we could have challenged Marco. This is where we have to work in the future and make decent steps and this is what I said in the beginning of the year.
"I just want to improve myself step by step and tomorrow the target is to grab some points. If we can finish on the podium, even better!”