Ex-F1 driver Timo Glock has 'not much hope left' in DTM title fight

BMW driver Timo Glock admits he does not have "much hope left" in the DTM title fight after failing to score a point at Brands Hatch last weekend

Ex-F1 driver Timo Glock has 'not much hope left' in DTM title fight

The Former Toyota and Marussia Formula 1 driver finished 13th in Saturday's first race and missed out on the final point in Sunday's race by a second.

Having been third in the standings at the start of the weekend, Glock has dropped to sixth and is 76 points behind leader Gary Paffett - who he defeated in an entertaining fight for victory at Hockenheim to head the championship early on.

Asked by Autosport 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."

Glock said his "race pace improved a lot" on Sunday compared to a day earlier, but that the "circumstances" of the race meant he failed to "convert that good pace into a correspondingly good result".

He had started Saturday's race from seventh, despite a qualifying spin, but suffered "massive understeer" with his Team RMR BMW M4 that he said was "hard to understand".

Glock was still on course to score a point until 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," said Glock.

"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, massive understeer, I just couldn't do anything."

Glock's woes mean Marco Wittmann is now BMW's best-placed representative in the points, in a share of third with Mercedes driver Lucas Auer.

Although he trails Paffett by 67 points, the two-time champion said a strong run of form over the remaining four rounds could still change the title picture.

"The gap to the frontrunners increased, instead of decreased, but it's not over," said Wittmann.

"[There are] 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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