BMW Motorsport’s Team MTEK celebrated its first win in its debut season, thanks to DTM rookie Timo Glock, who could not hide his happiness in winning to round off a year, proving there is life after Formula One. The former F1-driver becomes the first driver since Mika Hakkinen in 2007 to win at Hockenheim.
“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,” said the German, who apologized for the incident that spun round stablemate Augusto Farfus on the very first corner. “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.”
He further dedicated his maiden victory to his former colleagues and paid tribute to them during his post-victory celebrations, former Marussia test driver Maria de Villota and Porsche Carrera Supercup driver Sean Edwards, who raced in the same colours as Glock this season: “I knew both of them well and really regret their tragic deaths.”
MTEK’s Team Principal, Ernest Knoors, took to the podium to help celebrate the new outfit’s first win, and says that the team goes into the winter break on a real high, as a result of the great performances both Glock and Marco Wittmann have shown this season: “This victory feels incredible. It is fantastic for us, as a fledgling team, to win the final race of the season in Hockenheim in our rookie year. Eleven months ago our team did not even exist. Over the past ten races we have worked together to achieve a position we can be proud of. We never doubted ourselves, even when there were difficult phases this year. It was clear to us it would not be easy to be successful in this closely fought series. However, we embraced the challenge.”
The 51st and final victory for the M3 DTM was an emotional farewell to a long-time servant, as Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt praised Glock’s prowess this season, along with the fact that the Manufacturers’ Championship was defended due to the results Munich’s drivers were able to achieve in the final race of the year: “That was an incredibly exciting finale to the season, with a fantastic outcome for us. Timo showed his strong nerves to claim his first win and second podium of the year in his tenth DTM race: all in all it has been a great debut year for Timo. That is a great conclusion to what has, at times, not been a particularly easy season for us. In the end we have five wins and four pole positions to our name, have also won the Manufacturers’ Championship, finished second in the Team competition, as well as picking up the unofficial ‘Rookie of the Year’ title and the award for the fastest pit crew with BMW Team Schnitzer – we can certainly be happy with that.”
It may have been a difficult season to defend all three titles for BMW Motorsport, but they all worked together for a common goal. With the long winter break now starting, t’s time for the outfit to recharge the batteries, and come back with renewed motivation, as the M4 DTM will be the car that Munich will put all its efforts into to hunt down the targets once again in 2014.