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BMW has made “a significant step forward” says Timo Glock

The DTM has completed four days of testing at the Nürburgring with BMW Motorsport substantially improving the driveability of the M4 DTM according to Team RMG driver Timo Glock.

Glock was on duty for the last two days of testing, with the German driver – who will contest his eighth season in the series in 2020 – setting the sixth fastest time lap on the combined classification, 0.159 seconds away from WRT’s Ferdinand Habsburg.

“The car is much smoother to drive, with BMW making some adjustments to resolve the vibration problem we had last year,” Glock explained to TouringCarTimes. “It’s a completely different feeling, the car has a better driveability and the improvements are definitely headed in the right direction.

“The winter break was longer than usual, but I was lucky to be at Vallelunga for the shakedown and we could already see that the work we started at Jerez (for the Young Driver Tests) was working.”

The revised nine-event calendar stretches the 2020 season across three months, with several back-to-back events. Glock doesn’t think the tight schedule will have a significant effect on the competition.

“The season has a very tight schedule but, after eight months, it’s going to be good because it will also mean that we will get to spend a lot of time in the car,” added the 38-year-old. “I don’t think it will make a big difference, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

The season starts at Spa-Francorchamps, a favourite track for every racing driver. Glock is looking forward to the challenge.

“I haven’t made any specific work for Spa, as the key is fine tuning and understanding the car,” he said. “I’m very much looking forward to the first race of the season, it will be special racing at Spa with a DTM car.”