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DTM

21 Marco Wittmann (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM

Pole for DTM champion Bruno Spengler…

Spielberg. Reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler (BMW) celebrated his maiden pole position of the season at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. In the final qualifying heat, the Canadian completed his lap at the 4.326 kilometres long track in the hills in 1:24.836 minutes. “One can never have enough pole positions. It was a great day with a great car. But this was only 50 percent of the work. The rest has to follow tomorrow,” said Spengler, who will be starting from first place on the grid in the DTM for the 15th time in his career already. 

Spengler’s fellow BMW driver and DTM rookie Marco Wittmann sparked a surprise by claiming second place on the grid. The 23-year old German only came 0.111 seconds short of the fastest time. “This is awesome. It was only my third qualifying in DTM, and I will be in second place at the start already,” Wittmann said.

Italian Edoardo Mortara eded up third. In 2012, the Audi driver had claimed pole position at Spielberg and then went on to win. “After my success from last year, third place on the grid is again a good result for me. In the first two races, things didn’t go too well and I am happy that we now have found the speed,” the 26-year old commented. 

With his BMW M3 DTM, fourth-placed Augusto Farfus already made it into the final qualifying heat for the third consecutive time. The 2008 and 2009 DTM champion, Timo Scheider, claimed fifth place on the grid with his Audi RS 5 DTM ahead of fellow Audi driver Filipe Albuquerque. 

Robert Wickens was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in qualifying. The surprising third-placed from Brands Hatch will be starting seventh with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. After qualifying, the Canadian said: “Unfortunately, I risked too much on my fast lap and I made a slight mistake. But in the DTM, that is already too much to be all the way at the top. Still, I am confident for the race, because the car is very good.”

Points’ leader Mike Rockenfeller ended up eighth in qualifying, but was dropped five positions on the grid as a penalty and will start from 13th place. In free practice, the Audi driver had disrespected a yellow flag and was penalised for it.

An overview of the tyre choice of each driver for the start of the race can be found at www.dtm.com in the evening. Drivers can choose between the standard tyre or the option tyre from series’ partner Hankook, which can only be used during the race. The third season round covers 47 laps and 203.322 kilometres and will start on Sunday at 13.30 hrs. ARD is already broadcasting live from 13.15 hrs.

F3 Euro Series

Macau Grand Prix: Juncadella vs. the rest of the world

This weekend, the best Formula 3 drivers of the world are going to meet in Macau to contest the SJM Macau Grand Prix and find out who is the fastest of them. In the recent past, the races held in the former colony located on the South China Sea were dominated by Formula 3 Euro Series drivers: in 2009 and 2010, the prestigious event was won by Edoardo Mortara and last year, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) took the chequered flag as race winner. The grid of the 30th Formula 3 race held at the demanding 6.12-kilometre circuit will feature six Euro Series teams and 11 Euro Series drivers – representing more than a third of the 30-driver field.

Last year, even Juncadella himself was surprised by his win – but this year, he travels to Macau as one of the favourites. And in addition to the 21-year old Euro Series Champion, there are another two Euro series drivers who may hope for winning the Macau GP: rookie champion Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) finished second and third, in their maiden season on the grid of the most competitive young-gun series on our planet and consequently, they will travel to Asia with a boosted self-confidence. In addition, they both demonstrated as early as in May in Pau, France, that they have got what it takes to deliver in a street race.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), William Buller (Carlin), Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational), Carlos Sainz (Carlin), Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport), Andrea Roda (Jo Zeller Racing) and Luís Sá Silva (Angola Racing Team) also are going to race in Macau and will try as hard as they can to give Daniel Juncadella a hard time.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I’m truly looking forward to Macau. Winning there a second time would be something very special – and by doing so, I would follow the footsteps of Edoardo Mortara, a great racing driver. For me, it would be the high point of a great season. Although I could travel to Macau in a rather relaxed mood as I already have got a Macau triumph under my belt, I’m feeling somewhat nervous. And I try to pressurise myself because I’ve learned this year that you just mustn’t be too relaxed as you tend to make mistakes, otherwise.”

Formula 1

ABU DHABI YOUNG DRIVER TEST – DAY TWO-
Driver:                  António Félix da Costa-
Car:                       RB8-
Laps:                     61 laps-
Best time:            1:42.679-
Circuit length:    5.554km-
Fastest lap:         A. Felix da Costa (1:42.679)-
 
For the second day of Formula One’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, Red Bull Junior driver António Félix da Costa returned to the cockpit of the RB8 for his final outing at the Yas Marina Circuit. And with a point to prove, the young Portuguese driver set the day’s fastest lap, clocking a time of 1:42.679.
 
António’s day was again split into sessions of aero and mechanical work, with the morning given over to aero mapping and the afternoon to tyre work as well the testing of some car components.
 
Of his final day at this test António said: “It’s been another good day. Again, we did a lot of mileage, which is good for me and for the team. On a day like this, when the conditions are perfect for testing, and with two grands prix to go, I think the team needs to make the most of it and today I think we did that.
 
“It’s been a great experience and I’d like to thank the whole team for their help and I hope I have been able to help them as well,” he added. “I’ll focus now on the future and I think most sensibly that probably means a full season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year.”
 
With António’s work done, the final day of the Young Drivers’ Test will see Formula Renault 3.5 Series winner Robin Frijns take over at the wheel of the RB8.
CATERHAM F1 TEAM
Giedo van der Garde: “It’s been a great couple of days here in Abu Dhabi and I want to thank the team for giving me the chance to drive in the rookie test yesterday and today. “Today we ran considerably more laps than on day one. We spent the morning running through more aero work and ran with a number of different setups that give the team a huge amount of data to work through that will be really useful for the last two races of the season. In the afternoon we switched to longer runs, looking at tyre management and how the car behaves on different fuel loads and I’m pleased with the progress we made. Towards the end of the session we put soft tyres on and I had a couple of runs that were closer to the performance runs we do in FP3 – the car had more fuel than in quali but I’m pretty happy with where I ended up.

“Next up for me is FP1 in Brazil, another track that’ll be new for me but with the time I’ve had on track here, and in the other FP1s I’ve done this year, I think that’ll be a good session for me. I’m not doing FP1 in Austin as the team needs maximum time on track for the race drivers, but I’ll be going to the race as Reserve Driver and I’m really looking forward to getting out there – it’s going to be a great week for sure.”

LOTUS F1 TEAM
Edoardo Mortara, E20-01  “I had a wonderful time and I’m so grateful to everyone at Lotus F1 Team for giving me this opportunity; I enjoyed every lap. At the same time, it was pretty tough; I’ve come from a car which is a lot slower and the first laps were certainly an eye opener. I improved gradually over the day and I think my progression was pretty good. Every time I was on track I got a little bit better. I completed the test programme scheduled by the team so it’s satisfying to be able to contribute to their season. It’s been one of the best days of my life.”

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.”

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.”

Motorsports Mondial

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Mortara on top in Austria – maiden DTM race win

Spielberg. Picture-postcard weather, a thrilling race with numerous overtaking manoeuvres and two premieres on the winners’ podium: in front of 48,500 spectators, the DTM enjoyed a successful race weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. With the first DTM race win of the year for Audi, Italian Edoardo Mortara became the overjoyed winner of the fourth season round. After a faultless race with great duels, the 25-year old made his dream come true and, after 203.322 kilometres, crossed the finish line as the winner for the first time in the DTM. “This is a great day for myself and for Audi. Pole position yesterday and victory today. It is almost unbelievable. I have already had some nice moments in motorsport, but this one is very special”, said the best DTM rookie of the year 2011 after his success in the longest DTM race in history to date.

Only one second later, Martin Tomczyk crossed the finish line. With his BMW M3 DTM, the reigning DTM champion started from fourth place on the grid, made his way up to finish second and scored 18 points in the battle for the title. After the race, the 30-year old said: “The timing of the second stop was perfect. I re-joined the field right behind the race leader. Today is a great day for the DTM. All three brands in the top three and a highly exciting race.”

British Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett completed the podium. The points’ leader started from second place, battled for the lead and still had to let Tomczyk past after the latter’s pit stop. Paffett said: “We came to Spielberg to score as many points as possible for the championship. Finishing on the podium is great, even though, of course, I would rather have won. Fortunately, I was still able to extend my points’ lead.”

In the drivers’ standings, Paffett is now leading with 83 points from Mattias Ekström from Sweden (Audi), who finished fourth in Styria and now has 47 points to his tally. Brit Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) with 44 points and BMW driver Bruno Spengler from Canada with 43 points are also within striking distance. Green finished the race in fifth place, Spengler had to park his car and retire on lap 33.

With his Audi A5 DTM, Timo Scheider had a topsy-turvy race. Having started 16th, the 33-year old was able to make up positions, but lost ground again after tangling with BMW driver Augusto Farfus. Scheider battled and finished sixth after 47 laps. His fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Filipe Albuquerque as well as Joey Hand and Augusto Farfus (both BMW) rounded out the top ten. The next round takes place at the Norisring in Nuremberg, July 1st.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of motorsport Audi: “Winning such a thrilling race is a particular joy. This was first-class promotion for the DTM, for the Red Bull Ring and for Audi. Here, our A5 DTM was the benchmark. We were on top in every practice session and Edo did a perfect job turning his maiden pole position into his first-ever race win. He had to work hard for this success, which was very important for all of us. The entire crew has been working in the last couple of weeks to be back on top again in the DTM.”

Jens Marquardt, BMW motorsport director: “A big compliment to Audi for their performance of today, but also to the great fans on the stands. Martin Tomczyk has shown a great performance, his crew an ideal strategy. Today, we had overtaking manoevres on the track and in the pit lane: everything that a great race needs. I reckon that this was one of the best DTM races of the last couple of years.”

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “What we have seen today was a DTM gala. The stands were packed, the race was incredibly exciting. The battle for the lead was just fantastic. When two people quarrel, a third is often rejoicing. A duel costs time, so that Martin Tomczyk could benefit. Victory was within reach, but Gary was able to extend his points’ lead. Competition in the DTM is immensely close. Five of the first six-placed drivers did lap times of 1:27.00 minutes.”