With the second round of the 2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season taking place at the Lausitzring this coming weekend, Team RMG’s Timo Glock is looking ahead to being part of the main attraction at the second running of the “Motorsport Festival.”
With several other German-based championships staying as a welcome part of this great festival of racing, which made it’s début last year, Glock is hoping to continue his good run of form at the 3.476-km track.
“It will be an incredible spectacle for the fans. I have very positive memories of the Lausitzring,” explained the 35-year-old, who is fourth in the driver standings behind current leader Lucas Auer, Gary Paffett and Jamie Green.
“This is even though BMW hasn’t always done so well there. I am excited to see how we are positioned this year and I’m looking to a full stand and a full paddock.”
One reunion that Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt is looking forward to in East Germany is that of Team Schnitzer also racing at the Brandenburg-based circuit this weekend, as Charly Lamm’s outfit will continue their good run of form in the ADAC GT Masters.
“No doubt the reunion with Charly Lamm and his team will be another highlight for the DTM fans,” admitted Marquardt, who said that the new format and regulations that the series has adopted for this year has helped to improve the racing already.
“The DTM delivered everything that we pledged it would at the season opener in Hockenheim. It was not only the races that were real thrillers, but the qualifying sessions too. We wanted to give the fans even more action – and we succeeded.”
With more focus being put onto the drivers for 2017, as a result of certain regulations limiting the input that had been very useful for the races last year, with both Marco Wittmann and Glock making good inroads at the Hockenheim opener.
Defending champion Wittmann secured his first drivers’ title back at Lausitz in 2014, as well as being the best of the BMW contingent last year, looking to continue his title defence in earnest.
“Even though the track has never really suited us, I did very well there last year,” said the 27-year-old, who is currently sixth in the running for a potential third title.
“I am extremely confident and think that with the new car and the new rules there is uncertainty on every racetrack this year. It goes without saying that the aim is to get a good result.”