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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.


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.

F1weekly podcast # 479

Podcast number 479

“Happy New Years from the F1Weekly crew”

Special end of year interview: Ralf Schumacher.

Fernando Alonso insists he’s not afraid of Vettel.

“I’m not afraid at all of Vettel, Should he come to Ferrari one day it won’t be a problem, I have nothing to say on that.

“But I’m not afraid to face any team-mate, because I’ve never feared them. None of my team-mates have ever done a single point more than I have, so I don’t see why I should be afraid of anyone.”

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