The 40-year-old BMW works driver, who has scored five victories in the DTM in nine years, has visibly regained the fun: “The car puts a smile on my face.”
His chances of coming back at the weekend – both races on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. (race start at 1:30 p.m.) live on ProSieben – he still rates realistically: “A place in the top 15 would be good, a place in great in the top ten.”
The joy of working with his new team boss from Ceccato Racing, Roberto Ravaglia, the 1989 DTM champion, is so great that Glock does not even rule out a full return to the DTM with Ravaglia and Ceccato Racing.
Imola means a home game not only for Ferrari, but also for Lamborghini. Works driver Bortolotti knows the 4.909 kilometer circuit well. In 2006 he drove his first formula race there. “Imola is a technically demanding circuit, with both slow and fast corners. You need a good set-up and you have to know very well where to place your bikes.”
“It took a while, but on Sunday at the Lausitzring I finally felt really comfortable in the car, the changes paid off. Of course I know the R8 from the past few years, but sprint races like in the highly competitive DTM are something different than the usual long-distance races.”
Leader Sheldon van der Linde is now the hunted. “Lausitzring was just great, I’m still totally happy. The joy, especially among my fans at home in South Africa, was huge.” His goal: “Imola is a completely new race track for me. It’s going to be a tough weekend. I definitely want to take as many points as possible.”