The BMW drivers have been having a tough time of it lately, with Timo Glock taking their first podium since the opening round of the year.
Glock, qualified in P14 taking to the pits when the safety car was brought out due to his team-mates Maxime Martin and Tom Blomqvist having made contact.
“We didn’t expect to move up from 14th on the grid into second place today. No doubt it would have been difficult in normal circumstances. I wasn’t able to pass Marco [Wittmann] at the start.”
The decision to pit when he did paid off as he surged up from the back of the field after the restart to finish on the podium.
“I knew I was able to keep up with the pace, which is why I decided to stop. I didn’t have anything to lose. I was fortunate that the safety car came out two laps later and then, when it became clear that only Paul [di Resta], Bruno [Spengler] and I had stopped, it seemed likely that I could be in with the chance of a podium.”
Much like in the first race, Glock once again finished behind di Resta in the second race of the weekend when he was elevated to seventh place after Wittmann’s race was brought to an end two laps from the chequered flag.