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DTM

AUDI LOCKS OUT TOP THREE AT ZANDVOORT – BATTLE FOR THE TITLE HOTS UP…

Zandvoort. The seventh DTM round of the season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands brought plenty of action. Intermittent rain, two safety-car phases and thrilling overtaking manoeuvres turned it into the most exciting race of the season. After 43 laps, Italian Edoardo Mortara emerged as the jubilant winner with his Audi A5 DTM. After his success at Spielberg, this was his second DTM victory of the year. His fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller from Germany and Swede Mattias Ekström followed in second and third place. Excitement is rising in the battle for the title: points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and Bruno Spengler (BMW) finished seventh and sixth. The third title aspirant, Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) ended up fourth and overtook Spengler to claim second place in the drivers’ standings.

After the race, 25-year old Mortara said: “This was the best race of my life, a really tough battle with ’Rocky’. Conditions were incredible: rain, dry, then rain again. When you are driving in such conditions, you can get off the track on every lap.”

For Audi, the race started with a heart-stopping moment: on pole position, Timo Scheider stalled his engine at the start and dropped back to 14th place. Later on, the race was over for the two times’ DTM champion after the bonnet had come off his car. In the course of the race, there were numerous position changes at the front of the field. Rockenfeller led until lap 32, when eventual winner Mortara overtook him,

Brit Jamie Green started the race from sixth place on the grid and experienced 43 very turbulent laps. The 30-year old crossed the finish line in fourth position as the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver. “For me, this race was a topsy-turvy affair. At the start, it was very good, but then, unfortunately, our first stop was too slow. After that, I was stuck and couldn’t overtake. When the rain set in, I was back in the race again. All in all, fourth place is quite a good result,” the 30-year old said.

Behind Audi driver Adrien Tambay from France, Canadian Bruno Spengler finished sixth with his BMW M3 DTM. Having started the race from 18th place, the 29-year old showed a great recovery. “That was a very good race, even though I wasn’t able to show the full potential of the car. I am happy that I could make it to the finish, because it was really difficult out there. Sixth place is the best we could manage,” Spengler said.

For points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercdes-Benz), the race was an emotional roller-coaster ride. From sixth place on the grid, the Brit even had made it up into the lead. When rain set in again on lap 28, Paffett and BMW driver Martin Tomczyk collided in the battle for fourth place. The wheels of Tomczyk’s car locked up, he couldn’t avoid Paffett and turned the Brit around. Paffett dropped back to twelfth, but with first-class overtaking manoeuvres, he still made it all the way up to finish seventh. Tomczyk parked his car and immediately made his way to the Mercedes-Benz pit wall stand to apologize to head of motorsport Norbert Haug, who accepted the apologies. The two BMW drivers Dirk Werner and Augusto Farfus from Brazil as well as Ralf Schumacher with the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé rounded out the top ten.

In the drivers’ standings, Paffett remains in the lead with 109 points from Green with 93 and Spengler with 91 points. After his victory at Zandvoort, Mortara follows in fourth place with 74 points.

In total, 37,000 spectators attended the third DTM race of 2012 outside of Germany. The next round takes place at Oschersleben, September 16th.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of motorsport Audi: “This was an exciting race with a fierce battle between the three Audi teams. It is nice to see that the performance is there. Now, we are there again where we always want to be: capable of winning. Here at Zandvoort, we were strong as an entire team. I am happy for the guys who have been working hard to achieve this success.”

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “Gary was on his way to a podium finish until he was turned around, but the damage is limited with seventh place after a great recovery. Paffett and Green in first and second place in the drivers’ standings with three races remaining are a good basis. Today, our speed was very good, but the conditions weren’t.”

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport director: “One can sum up this race under ’maximum damage control’. Bruno and Augusto have done a tremendous job. I feel sorry for Martin. He was doing very well, but he misjudged the grip as the rain set in. It was a racing accident, in which Gary was involved, too. Fortunately, Gary was able to continue. All in all, it was a good race result after a mediocre qualifying.”

F3 Euro Series

DANIEL JUNCADELLA WINS TURBULENT RACE AT ZANDVOORT…

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) came out on top in an action-packed Formula 3 Euro Series race at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort. Behind the Spaniard, who is also leading the drivers’ standings, William Buller (Carlin) finished second on a track that was drying out. Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) followed in third place and was also the best-placed rookie.

Due to the asphalt still being wet, the race was started behind the safety car for safety reasons. At the re-start, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) ran into the rear of the car of race leader Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), forcing both of them to retire. The second safety-car phase followed, in which almost all drivers changed from rain to slick tyres. At the following re-start, Juncadella, who like Buller and Wehrlein, had been on slicks from the start, was in the lead. Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) defended his second place, until a group of four drivers started to attack from behind. In the process, Michael Lewis (Mücke Motorsport) and Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport) collided and were sidelined. The third safety-car phase didn’t upset Daniel Juncadella, who safely drove his race win home.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I knew that the track here dries out quickly and therefore took the risk of starting with slicks. It was very good for me that the safety car came out after the accident of Raffaele and Sven, because that allowed the track to dry out even further. I just wasn’t too happy with the final safety-car phase, because my margin was gone after that. But it was enough like that as well and I am happy.”

William Buller (Carlin): “On the first few laps, I tried to stay on track with the slicks more than anything else. After that, the asphalt dried out more and more. After my weekend here didn’t start too well, I am very happy with my second place.”

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “Starting only ninth after a qualifying that wasn’t so good, we opted for slicks. I lost time behind Sandro Zeller, so that Felix Rosenqvist could overtake me. On the final lap, I got my third place back again.”

DTM

Audi locks out first five starting grid positions – title candidates are showing nerves

Zandvoort. Audi surprises the opposition: in qualifying for the seventh DTM round of the year at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, the brand from Ingolstadt presented itself in excellent shape. No less than five Audi A5 DTMs lock out the first five places on the starting grid. The 2008 and 2009 DTM champion, Timo Scheider, was fastest in qualifying. For the German, it is the first pole position of the season and the tenth of his career. The three title candidates showed nerves: points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) will start from eighth place, his main rival Bruno Spengler (BMW) in 18th and third-placed Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) from sixth position.

For Audi, it is the best DTM result of the year. Behind pole-sitter Scheider, his four fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller, Filipe Albuquerque, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström will be starting the race from second to fifth place. “I really had misty eyes in the car. In the team, we have been working very hard for months and we are now rewarded with pole. I have always kept faith in myself and I am particularly happy having claimed the fourth pole in total at my absolutely favourite track,” said Scheider.

Best-placed BMW driver of the day was Dirk Werner, who ended up seventh behind the fastest Mercedes-Benz driver, Jamie Green. Paffett, who is leading the drivers’ standings with 103 points and will be starting from eighth place, said after qualifying: “Unfortunately, we didn’t make it into the fourth qualifying heat, but given the circumstances, I am happy. The track seems to suit Audi very much, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to use the full potential on a complete lap. Normally, our C-Coupé is very strong in the race and considering the weather forecast for Sunday, everything should be possible in the race.” Paffett’s fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Christian Vietoris and Audi driver Adrien Tambay from France rounded out the top ten.

Paffett’s fiercest rival Bruno Spengler gambled and lost. The Canadian, who is second in the drivers’ standings, 20 points down, drove one fast lap early in the first heat before returning to the pits, convinced that he would continue. “I thought, my time would be fast enough. However, conditions changed quickly and other drivers who were still on the track were able to improve. But worse things can happen. Now, I will try to make up positions from the back in the race and to score as many points as possible in the end,” said the 29-year old, who will be starting from 18th place following his retirement after the first qualifying heat.

The seventh round of the season covers 44 laps and 189.508 kilometres and will start on Sunday at 14.00 h (CET). ARD will be broadcasting live from 13.40 h

DTM

SPENGLER MAKES HIS MARK IN TITLE BATTLE WITH NÜRBURGRING VICTORY

Nürburg. Bruno Spengler is turning the battle for the 2012 DTM title into a thrilling affair. With a dominant lights-to-flag victory from Audi driver Edoardo Mortara, the Canadian BMW driver crowned a perfect weekend at the Nürburgring. The winner scored the maximum number of 25 points and is now the fiercest rival of points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who finished the race in sixth place. Spengler is 20 points down on the Brit in the championship standings. “What a dream day. It slightly reminds me of my maiden victory here. Today, it really was great fun. Edoardo was really quick, but I came out on top. There still are four races to go, in which we will give everything. Then, we will see where we end up,” Spengler said about his second victory of the season and his eleventh career win in the DTM. For his employer BMW, it was the first DTM race win in the Eifel in 22 years.

The runner-up in the hot race, with asphalt temperatures around 50 degrees, Italian Edoardo Mortara also kept cool with his Audi A5 DTM. After his victory in the race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the 25-year old achieved his second podium finish of the season. After the race of 49 laps and 177.821 kilometres, Mortara said: “A fantastic race with a great result for me. I pushed hard, but Bruno was always about one tenth of a second quicker. That was enough for him.”

Reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk started fifth with his BMW M3 DTM and made his way up to finish third with a strong performance. Together with Spengler, he brought BMW the most beautiful present at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the ’M’ brand.

Briton Jamie Green was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver at the Nürburgring. The fourth-placed scored twelve points and is third in the drivers’ standings. “The fact that we have improved today compared to yesterday’s qualifying is a good thing. But fourth place was all I could do. Action continues at Zandvoort next week and I hope that we will be even stronger then,” said Green.

Behind German Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), British driver Paffett took the chequered flag in sixth place with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. After eleventh place on the grid, his worst qualifying result of the season to date, the 31-year old focused on damage control. “Too bad, the car was really fast and we could easily have finished fourth. But after a bad pit stop, I came back on the track behind Rockenfeller and I couldn’t improve anymore,” the points’ leader commented.

Canadian Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) finished seventh, his best season result to date. The two Audi drivers Filipe Albuquerque from Portugal and Timo Scheider from Germany as well as Brazilian BMW driver Augusto Farfus rounded out the top ten.

Once again, the DTM turned out to be a real crowd-puller: 89,000 fans attended the race weekend in the Eifel. The next round already takes place at Zandvoort in The Netherlands in one week, on August 26th.

Jens Marquardt, BMW motorsport director: “This is an absolute dream result, a dream weekend for BMW. 40 years M on Friday, pole on Saturday and first and third place on Sunday – it doesn’t get any better. Nürburgring, BMW, M and Schnitzer – this combination is always good for a surprise. And this victory tastes even sweeter in the year of our comeback.”

Dr. Wolfgang UIllrich, head of motorsport Audi: “It was a really difficult race for the drivers and the equipment with such extreme temperatures. We are the most successful brand with four Audis in the top ten. Edoardo drove a faultless race, but unlike Bruno Spengler, he only had one fresh set of tyres left after qualifying.”

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “Considering our moderate starting grid positions, we have made the best out of it today, and Gary Paffett has defended his championship lead with a margin of 20 points. Today, seventh place was our best starting grid position. Today, at least we have three Mercedes among the first seven. The significant improvement from yesterday to race day speaks for a great team. Now, we are looking forward to the next round at Zandvoort.”

DTM

POLE FOR SPENGLER, SETBACK FOR PAFFETT…

Nürburg. For BMW and Bruno Spengler, the start of the second half of the season couldn’t have been better. In qualifying for the sixth DTM season round, the Canadian showed himself in an excellent shape at the Nürburgring and claimed pole position for Sunday’s race. Third-placed in the drivers’ standings, Spengler completed his 3.629 kilometres long lap of the tradition-steeped circuit in 1:24.284 minutes. “It was very hard today, because all drivers were quick. Therefore, I am all the more happy with pole position. I have to admit: an awesome feeling,” an overjoyed Spengler said after qualifying. For the 29-year old, it was the 13th pole in the DTM and the second of this season. Points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) had a setback: he only qualified eleventh.

Audi driver Edoardo Mortara was no less than 0.221 seconds slower. The Italian will be starting from second place, lining up alongside Spengler on the front row of the grid. “Unfortunately, I have made mistakes in qualifying today and I reckon that we had the potential to be all the way up front. But with two Audis in the top three, chances for the race are very good,” the 25-year old said. Mortara’s fellow Audi drivers Filipe Albuquerque from Portugal and German Mike Rockenfeller ended up third and fourth respectively.

Reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk and Brazilian Augusto Farfus (both BMW) were classified fifth and sixth in qualifying. British driver Jamie Green, Paffett’s fiercest rivel in second place in the drivers’ standings, ended up seventh in qualifying as the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver of the day. “Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed in getting the best out of the car. We have to accept that and improve as quickly as possible,” Green said.

Dirk Werner ended up eighth with his BMW M3 DTM. Canadian Robert Wickens achieved his best DTM qualifying result to date with ninth place in his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, followed by two times’ DTM champion Timo Scheider (Audi).

Briton Gary Paffett failed to build on the dominant performance he has been showing this season so far. “The car felt well, I didn’t make any big mistakes. Therefore, I am very surprised how slow we are. Now, we have to find out really quickly before the race what the reason is,” Paffett said. Swede Mattias Ekström wasn’t happy either. He will be starting from twelfth place alongside Paffett with his Audi A5 DTM. Ex-F1 driver Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz) will be starting from 15th position into Sunday’s race.

For local driver Christian Vietoris from nearby Gerolstein and David Coulthard, qualifying was a brief affair. Both Mercedes-Benz drivers were already out of the battle for the best starting grid positions after the first of four heats. Vietoris was classified 18th, Coulthard ended up 22nd

DTM

Schumacher and Green claim victory for Mercedes-Benz in Munich

Munich. The DTM provided an extraordinary motoring show in Munich’s Olympiastadion on Saturday. In an action-packed relay competition of the three manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Ralf Schumacher and Norisring winner Jamie Green with the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé beat two times’ DTM champion Timo Scheider and Adrien Tambay with the Audi A5 DTM in a very close final. After twelve laps in the final heat, the Audi drivers were only two tenths of a second behind the winners. “Of course, I am happy with our first place. This was a perfect day for me. I could get used to this”, said a buoyant Schumacher. “The team competition was a very special thing, it was great fun”, was the verdict of French DTM rookie Adrien Tambay after his successful day.

In the race for third place, Gary Paffett and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) finished ahead of Dirk Werner and Joey Hand (BMW). In front of a good crowd in the impressive surroundings of the Olympiapark, the drivers presented themselves in optimal shape. “Driving in the stadium is a special feeling. On the short track, you have to be extremely concentrated”, said Vietoris. In the battle of the brands, BMW was defeated in front of its home crowd, but Bruno Spengler showed his competitive spirit for the races on Sunday: “Things didn’t run optimally in the relay, but the individual competition is a totally new affair.”

The Munich event isn’t counting towards the official DTM standings, but that didn’t affect the drivers’ ambitions at the narrow stadium track. The unusual team competition, during which two drivers per team completed distances ranging from three to five laps after each other, required the right mix of driving precision and speed. Two times’ DTM champion Mattias Ekström (Audi) had bad luck, retiring in the quarter finals on his 34th birthday.

An extraordinary effort was completed before the event: 45 dump trucks were used to transport 21,000 tons of gravel. Workers installed 4,800 tons of asphalt for the two courses of 614 metres each. To make the competitions even more thrilling for the spectators, the drivers were simultaneously on two identical track lay-outs, making it clear immediately which car was in front.

The attractive side event programme with sport, music and show enthused the crowd on Saturday. Autograph sessions with the DTM drivers were just as popular as photo sessions with the grid girls and numerous concerts in the paddock area.

The event continues with the individual competitions on Sunday. The 22 DTM drivers will be competing against each other in a head-to-head format. ARD is broadcasting live in its ’Sportschau’ programme from 14.15 h CET.