Glock admits "not much hope left" of DTM title
BMW's Timo Glock admits he has "not much hope left" in the DTM championship race after he came away from last weekend's Brands Hatch round with no points.
Former Toyota and Marussia Formula 1 driver Glock finished 13th and 11th respectively in the two races on the DTM's return to the UK, not helped by spinning off at Surtees in the closing moments of qualifying on Saturday.
From seventh on the grid, the German suffered "massive understeer" with his Team RMR-run machine, although he was on course to score a single point for 10th before he was passed by three cars on the same lap just after half-distance.
"Qualifying wasn’t a big issue, I was a couple of hundredths up until Turn 4 [Surtees], I tried to squeeze a bit more out, and lost the rear and spun off," recalled Glock of the first race.
"That wasn’t that painful, but the race was just hard to understand why we had such a big balance shift in the car suddenly. I just had no front end from the middle part of the race on, massive understeer, I just couldn’t do anything.
"I don’t really understand why we lost so much time in the pitstop and with the slow zone [caused by Loic Duval getting beached in the gravel at Druids].
"Hard to understand, because Rene [Rast] went with me into the pits and the gap was three, four seconds, but it was not that massive we should not have lost out so much."
That result put Glock 55 points down on points leader Gary Paffett, before he fell 76 points adrift of the Briton after failing to score again on Sunday.
Asked by Motorsport.com about his title hopes, Glock replied: "It’s never over until the last race, but for sure over 50 points… there’s not much hope left."
After the Sunday race, Glock reported that his "race pace improved a lot" compared to Saturday, but that the "circumstances" of the race meant he failed to "convert that good pace into a correspondingly good result".
Glock's woes mean that Marco Wittmann has now taken over as BMW's best-placed representative in the standings, the two-time champion lying joint-third alongside Mercedes driver Lucas Auer.
Although he trails Paffett by 67 points, Wittmann believes a strong run of form in the remaining four rounds of the season could change the title picture.
"The gap to the frontrunners increased, instead of decreased, but it's not over," said the German. "Still eight races to go, we need to push and try to put them [Mercedes] under pressure and qualify a bit higher."
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