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Nuremberg. At the Norisring, Robert Wickens claimed the maiden pole position of his DTM career. In the final heat on Saturday, the Mercedes-Benz driver needed 48.384 seconds for the 2.3 kilometres long lap and was overjoyed after his fantastic performance. “I knew that I had done a good lap, but I wasn’t sure whether it was enough to be on top. I just had butterflies in my stomach until Gary told me that I was first. However, it will be a hard race tomorrow,” the Canadian said.

Wickens’s compatriot Bruno Spengler (BMW) ended up second in qualifying. Thus, two Canadians will be lining up on the front row of the grid for the first time in DTM history. “It was a difficult qualifying, but I am happy with the result. Tomorrow, I will be starting on the inside from second place, that could turn out to be a slight advantage,” the three times Norisring winner said.

Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who scored his first season victory at Lausitzring four weeks ago, will be starting from third place on Sunday and could make up ground on points’ leader Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who didn’t do better than 19th. Instead, the best-placed Audi driver was Edoardo Mortara in fourth place. “Mercedes-Benz was very strong, but we had a good qualifying as well. I had a good feeling for my car and I reckon that we will be even stronger in the race tomorrow,” the Italian said.

Rockenfeller, who is leading the points’ standings equal on points with Bruno Spengler, already was out after the first qualifying heat. “Our set-up simply wasn’t right, my team-mate Molina even ended up last. It is frustrating, but we won’t give up. Last year, I still finished sixth here after a rather poor performance in qualifying,” the Audi driver said. 

Classified fifth, DTM novice Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) missed out on making it into the final qualifying heat by only 17 thousandths of a second. Andy Priaulx will be starting next to him from sixth place on the third row with his BMW M3 DTM. Mercedes-Benz driver Daniel Juncadella, last year’s Formula 3 champion, also showed a strong qualifying performance with seventh place. Eight-placed Filipe Albuquerque was the second-best Audi driver from his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekström. 

Jamie Green (Audi), who is considered as ’king of the Norisring’ with four victories, didn’t do better than a disappointing 14th place in qualifying. Thus, another success at the street circuit in Nuremberg seems far off for the 31-year old. 

An overview of the tyre choice of every driver for the start of the race can be found atwww.dtm.com this evening. The fifth season round will cover 83 laps and 190.900 kilometres and will start on Sunday at 13.30hrs (CEST). ARD will already be broadcasting live from 13.15hrs.


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (D)

A turbulent race with Tom Blomqvist as a surprising winner-

Track: Norisring
Winner: Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational)
Pole position: Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
Temperature air / track: 27.7 °C / 29.7 °C
Weather: sunny, warm

British driver Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) became the surprising winner of an action-packed 16th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring. The son of former world rally champion Stig Blomqvist benefited from the fact that twelve drivers were given a 20 seconds’ time penalty after the race for not having sufficiently reduced their speed when the yellow flags were out. Harry Tincknell (Carlin) was classified second from André Rudersdorf (ma-con), who scored his maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In the drivers’ standings, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), who came fifth in the race, remains in the lead.

Raffaele Marciello took the lead at the start from Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who had started from pole position. As Rosenqvist raced under appeal due to a fuel sample after qualifying that didn’t comply with the regulations, he is not classified until the appeal has been dealt with. After 39 laps, Marciello still wasn’t able to celebrate his victory. Due to being too fast under yellow flags and the subsequent penalty, he was relegated from first to fifth place. For all drivers involved, the infringement would have resulted into a drive-through penalty, but as the penalties only occurred just before the end of the race, the drive-through penalties were converted into 20 seconds’ penalties. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports), Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who initially finished scond to seventh, lost their positions due to the 20 seconds’ penalties. Not only race winner Blomqvist, Tincknell and Rudersdorf benefited from this, but also Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), who was promoted to fourth, and Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing), who scored his first points in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

There were not only countless yellow flags, the safety car also had to be deployed twice in this race. Mitchell Gilbert (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) caused the first safety car intervention with a collision, the two lady racers Tatiana Calderón (Double R Racing) and Michela Cerruti (Romeo Ferraris) triggered the second safety car phase by another collision.

Tom Blomqvist (Eurointerntional) 
“For me, victory really comes as a surprise. I only was told that I had won the race after the prize-giving ceremony. Of course, I am happy with the points, although being declared as the winner in spite of not having been first across the line.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin)
“For me, being up here is a huge surprise, too. As always at the Norisring, it was an action-packed race. Indeed there were many yellow flags and we were told about the correct behaviour under yellow during the drivers’ briefing. Therefore, I made sure that I really backed off when the yellow flags were out.”

André Rudersdorf (ma-con)
“Of course, my maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is great. With so many spectators and a great atmosphere, the Norisring is unique. In the race, I tried to avoid any big risks. That this is the result, is fantastic!”



FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 5, race 3, Spielberg (A)

Qualifying at Norisring a close affair…

Track: Norisring
Pole position race 1: Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
Pole position race 2: Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position race 3: Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
Temperature air / track: 27.6 – 29.1 °C / 26.9 – 26.0 °C
Weather: sunny, warm

After the six weeks’ summer break, the battle for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title between Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) continues. At the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring, the Swede claimed pole position for the first race of the weekend while the Italian secured himself the best starting grid positions for the second and third race. In first qualifying, Marciello followed behind Rosenqvist. For the second race at Norisring, Marciello will be joined on the front row by his team-mate Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), while Marciello and Rosenqvist will be together on the front row of the grid for the third race. 

Starting grid for race 1
Felix Rosenqvist (0:48.997 minutes) claimed pole position for the first race of the sixth season weekend. Only a few seconds before the end of qualifying, the Swede moved up to the top of the timesheets, where Raffaele Marciello (0:48.998 minutes) had been before. The margin between the two front runners, who are also the main title candidates halfway through the season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, was only one thousandth of a second. Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 0:48.999 minutes) ended up third from Alex Lynn (0:49.004 minutes). The lap times of all the four front runners were within only 0.007 seconds. Alexander Sims (Threebond with T-Sport, 0:49.027 minutes) ended up fifth for his Formula 3 comeback from Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 0:49.095 minutes).

Starting grid for race 2
In the ranking of the second-fastest laps to determine the starting grid positions for the second race, Raffaele Marciello (0:49.016 minutes) came out on top. The Italian, who is backed by the Ferrari Driver Academy and came to Nuremberg as the points’ leader in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, toppled his team mate Alex Lynn (0:49.090 minutes), who came second. Felix Rosenqvist (0:49.149 minutes), Alexander Sims (0:49.158 minutes), Félix Serrallés (0:49.175 minutes) and Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 0:49.254 minutes) rounded out the first six positions.

Starting grid for race 3
In second qualifying, Raffaele Marciello (0:48.567 minutes) came to the fore with a few minutes remaining and successfully defended his position. He was 0.194 seconds faster than second-placed Felix Rosenqvist (0:48.761 minutes), who only moved up from the back of the field to the top end of the time sheets in the final two minutes of the session. Alex Lynn (0:48.797 minutes), Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 0:48.860 minutes), Lucas Auer (0:48.891 minutes) and Alexander Sims (0:48.931 minutes) followed suit.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“First qualifying was even worse than the second one, but I still managed to claim pole. I had a little bit of luck and I pushed really hard in the closing stages. In second qualifying, I had more bad luck, because I didn’t find a slipstream. Generally, I am happy with my performance, because actually, I don’t like this track. The races here will not be easy: one has to be clever and not make any mistakes.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“First qualifying was really close. I had a slipstream and a really good car, too. In second qualifying, things went really well for me. I think, it could hardly have been better. I came to Nuremberg with high expectations, I should be at least on the podium in all of the three races. I like the track and I was already quick here last year. Good conditions for the race weekend.”