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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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GP3

Abt flies to first pole on home ground in Hockenheim-
 
Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt secures maiden pole in Germany-
 
Qualifying for Round 5 of the GP3 Series in Hockenheim was a closely fought contest but it was home favourite, Daniel Abt who came out on top and achieved his first pole of his rookie season!
 
After rain had fallen on Friday, conditions for qualifying were dry and warm with dark clouds hovering over the circuit threatening to spoil the party. Germany’s Abt was first onto track as the field set their installation laps. After ten minutes, it was Series leader Mitch Evans heading the timings over Antonio Felix Da Costa and Giovanni Venturini.
 
Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas went P1 at the midway point with Abt up to P2 until his Lotus GP teammate Conor Daly put in a flier to go top. There was a spectacular moment for Dmitry Suranovich who after running wide, was sent briefly airborne but the Russian was able to continue on with his qualifying lap unscathed.
 
Daly further improved on his laptime to enhance his advantage at the front but Evans soon put a stop to that with three minutes remaining to claim provisional pole. With all the local support behind him, Abt was a man on a mission to please his fanbase and produced a laptime of 1:31.961, to secure pole position in his homeland and become the only driver to break into the 1.31s barrier.
 
Evans will join Abt on the front row with Daly and Ellinas on row two. Aaro Vainio qualified fifth but will line up in 15th place after a ten place grid penalty from Silverstone. Felix Da Costa was P6, ahead of David Fumanelli and Patric Niederhauser. Marlon Stockinger qualified P9 but like Vainio has a ten place grid penalty. Kevin Ceccon completes the top ten.
 
Race 1 takes place later today at 17.20pm.

GP2

Valsecchi on top in free practice in Hockenheim-
 
Italian leads the way in damp session-
 
Davide Valsecchi has got his weekend under way in fine style by topping the timesheets in a rain (and red flag) affected free practice session this morning in Hockenheim, claiming the top spot just in time to sneak past Luiz Razia and Esteban Gutiérrez.
 
The session got underway under overcast skies but on a dry circuit, with the field storming out on track to make the most of the conditions while the teams kept an eye on the radar screens forecasting rain on the way. Gutiérrez and Marcus Ericsson set the early pace, swapping the top spot each time across the line as many of their rivals went too wide at turn one and paid the price with their times.
 
Around the ten minute mark Giedo van der Garde and Razia got into the mix too, with the Dutchman just catching some traffic in the complex to slow his ultimate lap times, before Valsecchi nailed a lap to steal the top spot. It looked as though this time was going to fall too, but for Giancarlo Serenelli running slightly wide coming into the complex and getting caught on the grass, which flicked the Venezuelan across the track and heavily into the wall, bringing out the red flags instantly.
 
As the marshals retrieved the various pieces of the broken Venezuela GP Lazarus car the rain started to come down, spitting at first and then raining heavier just before the session restarted with six minutes remaining: given the conditions there was no chance of any improvement in times, so Stefano Coletti, van der Garde, Fabio Leimer, James Calado, Max Chilton, Ericsson and Fabio Onidi were unable to take the fight to the top three.
 
With 18 drivers within a second of the quickest lap, and the rain falling even heavier after the session, this afternoon’s qualifying session promises to be more dramatic than ever at the famous German circuit.

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Second season victory: Paffett wins home race at Brands Hatch

Fawkham. At the moment, he is the man to beat in the DTM: with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Briton Gary Paffett dominantly won the third round of the year at Brands Hatch (GB). At this season’s first round of the most popular international touring car series outside of Germany, the 31-year old scored a lights-to-flag win in his home race. “This was a great race, everything was perfect. Although my start wasn’t that good, I remained in front and was able to bring victory home without any problems. It would be great when things go on like this”, said Paffett, who already won the season opener at Hockenheim and now has 19 DTM race wins to his tally.

Bruno Spengler was also overjoyed having crossed the finish line after 97 laps to finish second with his BMW M3 DTM. The Canadian looked set to drive an undisputed second place home until ten laps before the end. Then, a front splitter broke on his car and the 28-year old had to defend his place from Mike Rockenfeller, who was behind him with the Audi A5 DTM. “I had a good race and tried to overtake Gary, but he didn’t make any mistakes. After the front splitter was broken, I lost downforce and I had to be careful. That enabled Rockenfeller to put me under pressure. Fortunately, it still was enough for me”, said Spengler. With 43 points, he is closest behind points’ leader Paffett, who is leading tzhe drivers’ standings with 68 points. Mattias Ekström (Audi) is third with 35 points.

With his Audi A5 DTM, Mike Rockenfeller made up one position at the start. The 28-year old German successfully defended his position against the attacks from reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk (Audi) and managed to score a podium finish by coming home third. Rockenfeller commented after the race: “The result is very important for Audi and gives a boost to the entire team. At the end, I still tried to get past Bruno, but I didn’t want to risk everything, because the points for third place were very important to me.”

Swede Mattias Ekström (Audi) finished fifth behind Tomczyk. Christian Vietoris dropped back from second to ninth after a poor start. The Mercedes-Benz driver fought back and took the chequered flag in sixth place. Spaniard Miguel Molina (Audi), Briton Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) and the two Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara (IT) and Filipe Albuquerque (PT) rounded out the top ten.

In total, 27,000 fans attended the racing weekend in Kent County in the south-east of Great Britain. The next round takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, June 3rd.

Norbert Haug, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “Now that was a really thrilling race and I am really delighted with this victory. It would be great when we can continue this series. Gary split up the race the way he needed it. Nevertheless, it wasn’t a walk in the park, because one has to remain incredibly focussed. After his poor start, Christian Vietoris has made up positions and finished sixth. That is something you first have to achieve at a track like this.”

Jens Marquardt, BMW motorsport director: “Bruno had a great start and moved up into second place. He put pressure on and was able to keep this up. After his front splitter was broken, we had problems with the aerodynamics of the vehicle. But Bruno did a great job in bringing his second place home. That was a very strong performance! The second podium after three races already is not what we had expected beforehand.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of motorsport Audi: “Today, we have made the best out of our possibilities. Especially Mike Rockenfeller and Miguel Molina were very quick in the race. The podium reflects the current situation in the DTM: all three manufacturers are competing at an identical level. It is a matter of tenths, hundredths and thousandths. Rocky’s third place gives the entire team an additional boost. Mattias Ekström has moved up to third place in the standings.”

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FACES GOING PLACES

Marco Wittmann


Photo courtesy: Marco Wittmann

Q: In 2010, your second year in F3 Euro Series, you finished second in the Championship, on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your season?

A: Well difficult to say, cause I had ups and downs during the season. But at the end I would say something around 7 and 8.

Q: The season saw your first pole and win, how much confidence did you gain from these achievements?

A: I mean I felt already from the first race confident. I started the season 2010 with a new team, with new partners, with a new engine – quite a lot of changes. But I felt comfortable and straight ahead it worked already in Le Castellet.

Q: Apart from victory and pole, what were some of your best performances of the season?

A: After Hockenheim, I would say Norisring. We had a strong weekend with two second places. There we scored a lot of points and especially in front of my home.

Q: And moments you don’t wish to remember?

A: Valencia was really a weekend to forget with only one point. Also Oschersleben we struggled a lot.

Q: This year you had VW power, how is their engine in performance and drivability compared to power you had last year, Mercedes?

A: It’s difficult to compare which is better or which not – at the end I have to say both of them are on the same level. I think the difference of success make the team and driver performance.

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Q: Was VW power main reason for switching from Mücke to Signature team this season?

A: VW Motorsport gave me the opportunity to drive for them with Signature. I got a great support from all of them during 2010 – so at the end it was the best step I did in my career.

Q: How was your experience in Macau where you finished fourth?

A: For me it was great experience. The country, the people and of course the track – completely different to Europe 😉

Q: Do you enjoy street racing as much as racing at Spa?

A: Haha – that’s a good question 😉 I love both 😉 I really like street circuits but I won already in past in Spa and love this track as well. So I can’t give you an answer which I prefer 😉

Q: You are part of Gravity Management, if Eric Bouiller was to ask you what series you want to race in 2011, what will be your answer?

A: Sometimes it’s not only what you want, it’s something where you have the best opportunity to grow up and step up for the future! Of course my dream is to reach F1 but for the moment it’s really difficult to arrive at that target because you have to bring a lot of money to get a seat.

Q: You went from 18th in points in last year’s championship to second this year with 10 podium finishes, what did you learn most from last year that helped you this year?

A: I’m sure I was already 2009 quick. But we had a lot of problems with the teams and of course I did mistakes as well. This year I think I was strong in races, did less mistakes also compared to the other drivers.

Q: What is your favorite German track?

A: Hockenheim.

Q: Your friend and home boy, the new world champion, Sebastian Vettel, is fond of saying ‘I don’t need a Manager, I can get to the track on my own,’ do you agree with him? How important has been Gravity in the guidance and success of your career?

A: Well Sebastian was always a Red Bull driver, so they gave him the money to drive – at the end he didn’t need a manager! May be now it’s for him necessary. I have not a big sponsor who is paying for me the seasons – for that I’m part of Gravity – which support me through the years.

Q: You also had a long and successful karting career, can one become a good racing driver without karting experience?

A: I don’t know, but I know nearly all who have been good in karting, have been also quick in single seaters.


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Q: Please tell us about Marco Wittmann, the young man and not the racer? Like your taste in food and music, and what sports you enjoy apart from motorsports?

A: Well next to motorsport I’m still working as a body worker on cars. I like to do a lot of sport and if there is free time I go also out with some friends to meet them. Italian food is the best of all 😉

For more information please visit www.marco-wittmann.de


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