BMW completes first test at Valencia, Timo Glock happy with BMW M3 car
By Berthold Bouman
BMW also successfully completed their first test of the 2013 season in Valencia, Spain. While Mercedes gave Robert Kubica a taste of their DTM car, BMW also had two special guests today: Formula One refugee Timo Glock and touring car driver Thomas Biagi.
Regular BMW works drivers Bruno Spengler (CA), Augusto Farfus (BR), Andy Priaulx (GB), Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) were on duty at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM the past three days at Valencia. Also new BMW team MTEK was present at the 4.005-kilometre Circuit de la Comunitat, unfortunately today’s test session was interrupted by heavy rain this morning.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said, “Everyone at BMW Motorsport and all of our teams were desperately looking forward to the first test of the year. Our new team, BMW Team MTEK, enjoyed its first outing and Marco Wittmann took to the track as a regular DTM driver for the first time.”
About his guest drivers he commented, “Timo Glock and BMW Sports Trophy winner Thomas Biagi also made their debuts at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM. That was a successful start to our preparations. However, we still have a lot of work ahead of us before the DTM season-opener on 5th May. At any rate, it is nice the new season is gaining momentum.”
Timo Glock felt at home at the BMW DTM team
After a long winter stop, 2012 DTM Champion Bruno Spengler was more than happy to get behind the wheel of his BMW again, “As soon as I stepped out of the plane in Valencia, I was immediately looking forward to getting back in the car after the long break. It was a very special feeling to drive out of the garage with the number one on my car for the first time. On the opening few laps it felt as though I had never got out of the car after the 2012 finale in Hockenheim.”
Glock, who agreed to end his contract with the Marussia Formula One team, was positive about his run with a, for him, unknown car. “My first impressions of the BMW M3 DTM were very positive. It did not take me long to get used to the car, and I came to understand it better with every lap. The fact that we were able to test in all conditions, from wet to dry, was perfect,” said the 30-year old German.
He felt very much at ease at the BMW DTM team, and a very relaxed Glock said, “I have been given a sensational welcome by everyone in the BMW Motorsport team, and even knew a few people from my time as a test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team.”
For the other guest driver Biagi, his outing in the BMW M3 was a dream come true. “Ever since I first heard that BMW Motorsport was returning to the DTM, I have dreamed of one day driving this BMW M3 DTM. That dream came true today. I knew I would enjoy this moment. But now, after 66 laps at the wheel of this unbelievable car, I’m simply speechless,” said the Italian driver.
And he added, “I would like to say a big thank you to BMW Motorsport for giving me this chance, and for the great support that privateers like me receive through the BMW Sports Trophy.”
Neither Glock nor Marquardt have made any comments about a possible BMW race seat for 2013, but BMW will compete with eight cars this season, if this test went well for Glock, surely Marquardt will find a place for him in one of his BMW teams.
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