Reactions to the 10th DTM Race of the 2013 Season [Photo Gallery]
The podium had another BMW driver on its steps, Bruno Spengler. The BMW Team Schnitzer driver finished third after a spectacular race, claiming valuable points for BMW in the Manufacturer's Championship.
"That was an incredibly exciting finale to the season, with a fantastic outcome for us. We witnessed a sensational race from Timo Glock and BMW Team MTEK – it was hard to beat in terms of excitement," said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.
"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. Bruno Spengler and Andy Priaulx also drove great races, while Dirk Werner also finished in the points. Thanks to the good team performance, we also managed to win the Manufacturers’ Championship. That is a great conclusion to what has, at times, not been a particularly easy season for us," he added.
"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," said Ernest Knoors, Team Principal of BMW Team MTEK.
"Timo Glock did a great job in 2013, gradually coming to terms with the DTM, and produced a performance today in difficult conditions without any sign of nerves. He is simply a superb driver. The same goes for Marco Wittmann, who has been magnificent in his first year with our new team," the Principal added.
“What a day! My car was incredibly good all weekend. 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," said Timo 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," he added.
Timo also wanted to apologize for the contact with Augusto Farfus that almost put the Brazilian driver out of the race in the second turn: "I would like to apologise to Augusto. 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.”
After 10 races, the Drivers' Standings look something like this:
1. Mike Rockenfeller (142 points)
2. Augusto Farfus (116)
3. Bruno Spengler (82)
4. Christian Vietoris (77)
5. Robert Wickens (70)
In the Team Standings BMW Team RBM finished second, 13 points behind Audi Sport Team Pheonix whilst in the Manufacturer's Championship BMW claimed the number one spot with 369 points followed by Audi with 347 and Mercedes with 266.
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