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BRUNO SPENGLER CLAIMS FINAL DTM POLE OF THE YEAR—

 Hockenheim. Picture-perfect weather for the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, where the 22 DTM drivers battled it out for the starting grid positions for the race on Sunday for the final time this year. BMW dominated proceedings in qualifying, because the brand from Munich had a clean sweep in the final heat of the hunt for the fastest times, locking out the first four places. The fastest driver was Bruno Spengler. The 30-year old completed his lap of the 4.574 kilometres long track in 1:33.443 minutes and will thus be starting from first place on the grid for the 16th time in his DTM career. “In the last few races, I often had bad luck. Being on pole is simply so much fun. I am happy for the guys in my team who are working very hard. Moreover, we want to defend the manufacturers’ title,” the Canadian said after qualifying. 

Spengler’s fellow BMW driver Dirk Werner will be lining up next to him on the front row of the grid for the tenth season round of 42 laps, starting from second place. The driver from Hanover was 0.303 seconds down on Spengler’s time. “Our boss has said how important the manufacturers’ title is and what we have to do,” the 32-year old explained. Brit Andy Priaulx and Timo Glock, also with BMW M3 DTM, claimed third and fourth place on the grid respectively. For both, it was their best DTM qualifying result. Most recently, Audi had locked out the fourth DTM qualifying heat with all four cars at Zandvoort in 2012.

Miguel Molina was the fastest Audi driver in fifth place. “A nice moment for me. Being the best-placed Audi driver in the final qualifying session of the year is great. Today, I got the maximum out of the car and I didn’t make any mistakes. Tomorrow, we will battle for the manufacturers’ and teams’ title,” the Spaniard said.

Canadian Robert Wickens was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in 13th place. The 24-year old said about qualifying: “The DTM is a tough series. Unfortunately, I made a little mistake in Q2 and to make it beyond the second qualifying heat in the DTM, you need a perfect lap. I didn’t manage to get that, but anything can happen tomorrow.” 

Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who already secured himself the title in the race at Zandvoort, didn’t do better than ninth place. “Of course, I had hoped for more, but today, things simply didn’t go so well,” the newly-crowned DTM champion said.

Prior to the race on Sunday, Rockenfeller is leading in the drivers’ standings beyond reach with 142 points from Augusto Farfus (BMW) with 118 and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) with 71 points. The tenth and final round of the season will start on Sunday at 14.00 hrs. ARD is broadcasting live from 13.15 hrs

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BRUNO SPENGLER CLAIMS DTM CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN WITH VICTORY

Hockenheim. Bruno Spengler (BMW) is the 2012 DTM champion: in a thrilling season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, he claimed victory in the race after 42 laps and thus claimed the DTM championship crown for the first time in his career. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who had led the drivers’ standings prior to the finale, finished second behind Spengler and is runner-up. Eventually, Paffett (145 points) was four points down on the Franco-Canadian (149 points). Augusto Farfus (BMW), who started the race from pole position, finished third at Hockenheim. A full press release with quotes will follow shortly.

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ADVANTAGE GARY PAFFETT: THE BRIT TO START AHEAD OF BRUNO SPENGLER – AUGUSTO FARFUS ON POLE

 Hockenheim. Fans can look forward to a thrilling DTM finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. In qualifying for the final DTM round of the season, there was another entertaining head-to-head duel between the two main title candidates Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and Bruno Spengler (BMW). Paffett was a little bit faster and and ended up second in qualifying, one place ahead of Spengler. His advantage was only seven thousandths of a second.

BMW driver Augusto Farfus from Brazil secured his second consecutive pole position. “I really had hoped for a top five result, but of course, being on pole is the icing on the cake,” Farfus said. The third remaining title candidate Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) failed to make it into the final session of the four-heat shoot-out qualifying and will be starting from tenth place. As a result, his chances of winning the title are merely mathematic.

Gary Paffett was very happy after qualifying, “I am really very relaxed. We have worked hard on the car and prepared everything for the finale. It is great to drive. Even though I am surrounded by two BMWs at the start, I am not worried. They are all fair racing drivers, who want to win as well, but surely will behave correctly.”

Bruno Spengler was also very confident: “I an in the best position to overtake Gary. I am only one place behind him and, of course, I will do everything to be in front of him at the end. I am really looking forward to the race, it will surely be an interesting battle.”

In fourth position, Swede Mattias Ekström was the best-placed Audi driver on Saturday. “I am happy, because I have been trying to find a perfect set-up for qualifying for a couple of races. Today, I managed to do so, the car was spot on. I made the maximum of our opportunities. I am happy to be in the best place to watch the finale between Gary (Paffett) and Bruno (Spengler) tomorrow, right behind the two of them,” Ekström said.

The two Scottish drivers, Susie Wolff and David Coulthard (both Mercedes-Benz) announced their retirement from the DTM and will be starting from the last row on the grid for their final race.

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THE BATTLE FOR THE DTM TITLE WILL BE DECIDED IN THE SEASON FINALE AT HOCKENHEIM…

In the ninth DTM season round at Valencia in Spain, favourites Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) faltered. After collisions and penalties, they lost valuable points in the battle for the DTM champion’s crown. Augusto Farfus had his name written in the DTM history books by becoming the first Brazilian race winner with his BMW M3 DTM. He finished ahead of Adrien Tambay and Mattias Ekström (both Audi), who ended up second and third.

Points’ leader Paffett was involved in a collision on the opening lap, incurred a time penalty later on and finally parked his car in the pits on lap 27. The Brit still remains competitive: “We are still in the lead of the championship. Here, we had a bad weekend, but at Hockenheim, we will be quick and fight for victory.” Spengler dropped back to the end of the field after a drive-through penalty because of a jump start. The Canadian still scored valuable points by finishing sixth. “Fortunately, I was able to drive consistently fast after the penalty and score important points,” Spengler said. Green was given a drive-through penalty for leaving the track after his first pit stop. “Nevertheless, we will fight until the last lap at Hockenheim,” he said after his tenth place at Valencia. Prior to the Hockenheim season finale, Paffett is leading with 127 points from Spengler (124) and Green (109).

Race winner Farfus crossed the finish line full of emotions. “Winning here in the DTM is such a privilege. I am overjoyed,” said the 29-year old, who started from pole position and scored his maiden DTM race win. Rookie Tambay was equally happy with his second place. Swiss lady racer Rahel Frey left 15 drivers behind her by finishing seventh with her Audi A5 DTM, scoring her first-ever DTM points. For the Mercedes-Benz drivers, the race was disappointing. They would have loved to show this week-end’s 24,000 spectators at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo more than Jamie Green’s tenth place as the best driver of a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “Huge congratulations to Augusto Farfus. Being on pole and bringing victory home here as a rookie driver was a great performance. We have four BMWs in the top ten and Bruno Spengler has reduced the gap. Now, we have an entirely open championship situation for Hockenheim, which is what we wanted. Now, we need to continue to work in a concentrated way and see what comes out.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of motorsport Audi: “We have reached our goal to score many points for the manufacturers’ championship here. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win. Nevertheless, all our cars were at a high level and it is enthusing to see how many young drivers have come to the fore. Adrien Tambay scored a podium finish in second place and Rahel Frey has shown a great performance, too.”

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “Gary had a good start and already had made up several places. In the collision, his car was significantly damaged and there was no point in carrying on. It is the first time this season that Gary hasn’t scored any points. The finale at Hockenheim in three weeks’ time will be thrilling and Gary still has all the chances.”

The DTM finale takes place at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg from October 19th till 21st.

Valencia. The battle for the DTM title will be decided in the season finale at Hockenheim. In the ninth DTM season round at Valencia in Spain, favourites Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) faltered. After collisions and penalties, they lost valuable points in the battle for the DTM champion’s crown. Augusto Farfus had his name written in the DTM history books by becoming the first Brazilian race winner with his BMW M3 DTM. He finished ahead of Adrien Tambay and Mattias Ekström (both Audi), who ended up second and third.

Points’ leader Paffett was involved in a collision on the opening lap, incurred a time penalty later on and finally parked his car in the pits on lap 27. The Brit still remains competitive: “We are still in the lead of the championship. Here, we had a bad weekend, but at Hockenheim, we will be quick and fight for victory.” Spengler dropped back to the end of the field after a drive-through penalty because of a jump start. The Canadian still scored valuable points by finishing sixth. “Fortunately, I was able to drive consistently fast after the penalty and score important points,” Spengler said. Green was given a drive-through penalty for leaving the track after his first pit stop. “Nevertheless, we will fight until the last lap at Hockenheim,” he said after his tenth place at Valencia. Prior to the Hockenheim season finale, Paffett is leading with 127 points from Spengler (124) and Green (109).

Race winner Farfus crossed the finish line full of emotions. “Winning here in the DTM is such a privilege. I am overjoyed,” said the 29-year old, who started from pole position and scored his maiden DTM race win. Rookie Tambay was equally happy with his second place. Swiss lady racer Rahel Frey left 15 drivers behind her by finishing seventh with her Audi A5 DTM, scoring her first-ever DTM points. For the Mercedes-Benz drivers, the race was disappointing. They would have loved to show this week-end’s 24,000 spectators at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo more than Jamie Green’s tenth place as the best driver of a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “Huge congratulations to Augusto Farfus. Being on pole and bringing victory home here as a rookie driver was a great performance. We have four BMWs in the top ten and Bruno Spengler has reduced the gap. Now, we have an entirely open championship situation for Hockenheim, which is what we wanted. Now, we need to continue to work in a concentrated way and see what comes out.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of motorsport Audi: “We have reached our goal to score many points for the manufacturers’ championship here. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win. Nevertheless, all our cars were at a high level and it is enthusing to see how many young drivers have come to the fore. Adrien Tambay scored a podium finish in second place and Rahel Frey has shown a great performance, too.”

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “Gary had a good start and already had made up several places. In the collision, his car was significantly damaged and there was no point in carrying on. It is the first time this season that Gary hasn’t scored any points. The finale at Hockenheim in three weeks’ time will be thrilling and Gary still has all the chances.”

The DTM finale takes place at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg from October 19th till 21st.

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Maiden pole position for BMW driver Augusto Farfus…

Valencia. Qualifying of the DTM at Valencia in Spain was a thrilling affair. In the battle for the DTM title, all candidates made mistakes and failed to secure an optimal starting grid position. On Sunday, Brazilian Augusto Farfus will be starting from pole position with his BMW M3 DTM. Edoardo Mortarta from Italy and Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque (both Audi) will be starting from second and third place respectively. The Audi drivers turned out to be dominant with seven Audi A5 DTMs in the top ten.

“I am overjoyed with my maiden pole position in the DTM. Since my first lap on Friday, I have been feeling well at the track. Things were just going perfectly. On Sunday, there will be a good show and I will try to make it through without any problems,” said Farfus, who is in his maiden DTM season. The Audi drivers were also happy with their achievement. “I felt strong in qualifying. Unfortunately, I always made a little mistake at one place, so it wasn’t enough for pole,” Mortara explained.

At the 4.005 kilometres long Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the drivers had to deal with the recently applied, extremely slick asphalt. Title candidates Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz, 127 points), Bruno Spengler (BMW, 116 points) and Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz, 108 points) failed to set fast lap times to secure a decisive advantage for the penultimate round of the season. They will be starting from 16th, twelfth and 18th place. “Surely, 16th place on the grid is disappointing for me. Now, we have to analyse the data, but I am confident that our pace will be stronger in the race and with a good strategy, we can move up the ranks tomorrow,” points’ leader Paffett said.

The changeable conditions with rain on Friday and sunny spells on Saturday made it difficult to find the right set-up of the cars. Mercedes-Benz had problems with the track in particular, as only drivers from the brand with the three-pointed star were already out after the first qualifying heat: next to Green, the two ex-Formula 1 drivers David Coulthard (grid position 21) and Ralf Schumacher (grid position 22) were also affected with their DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés.

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Spengler scores dominant win and puts points’ leader Paffett under pressure…

Oschersleben. Canadian BMW driver Bruno Spengler has scored a dominant win in the eighth DTM round of the season. Thus, the 29-year old reduced his gap to championship leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who finished second, to eleven points. Paffett’s compatriot and fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green, who dropped back one place to third in the points’ standings, was the third driver on the podium. In the Magdeburger Börde region, Mike Rockenfeller was the best-placed Audi driver in sixth. Now, the battle for the title will be decided between Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

With an undisputed lights-to-flag victory, Spengler crowned a perfect racing weekend. For the twelfth time in his DTM career, he crossed the finish line in first place. “For me, this track is really fun. It is aggressive on the car, but everything lasted. Gary was very quick and I am delighted that I have brought victory home. Now, the concentration is on the two final rounds. Of course, I will try to score as many victories as possible,” said Spengler, who scored his third race win of the season.

At times, second-placed Gary Paffett had closed up to the eventual winner, but wasn’t able to overtake. After the race, the points’ leader said: “Being on the podium again is good. Nevertheless, I am a little bit disappointed, because we could have won today. The car was very fast, but we have lost too much time during the stops. There are still two races to go and of course, I will give everything.”

In fourth place, local hero Dirk Werner (BMW) achieved his best season result to date. His Brazilian fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus followed in fifth position. Mike Rockenfeller was the best-placed Audi driver in sixth. “At least, I managed to score valuable points with sixth place and now I am the best-placed Audi driver in the standings again. That is positive. But I simply couldn’t do more today,” said ’Rocky’ after the 51 lap race.

Behind Canadian Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz), Mattias Ekström from Sweden finished eighth. The Audi driver started from fifth place, but stalled at the start and then had to make his way up through the field from 20th place. Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque and German Timo Scheider (both Audi) rounded out the top ten.

The DTM is booming: in Oschersleben, the most popular international touring car series has already equalled the number of spectators of the entire 2011 season. This weekend, the drivers from Audi, DTM returnee BMW and Mercedes-Benz attracted 71,000 spectators to the circuit in the Magdeburger Börde region. Thus, the DTM already had 630,500 fans during the first eight rounds of the season and equalled the number of the ten rounds of the previous year. The penultimate round of the season takes place at Valencia in Spain, September 30th.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “I really am overwhelmed. This is an incredible victory by Bruno and a magnificent result for BMW. In the drivers’ standings, there is still somebody ahead of Bruno, but anyone who knows Bruno, also knows that he will be giving everything during the final two rounds.”

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough today. It remains as thrilling as the last couple of laps over here. Gary Paffett is heading into the two final rounds of the season at Valencia and Hockenheim with an advantage of eleven points. Not a huge lead, but we rather are eleven points ahead than eleven points down.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of motorsport Audi: “Unfortunately, we already lost all chances of a better result at the start today. Afterwards, Mattias Ekström showed what theoretically would have been possible with his recovery. But it is also a fact that all in all, we weren’t quick enough here at Oschersleben. We will continue to work hard and do everything to show a better performance again in the last two rounds at Valencia and Hockenheim. The title in the manufacturers’ standings is still within reach.”