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9 Christian Vietoris (D), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé

Mercedes-Benz buries qualifying jinx – pole for Christian Vietoris…

Klettwitz. At last a successful DTM qualifying for Mercedes-Benz, and that with a premiere. With his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Christian Vietoris drove the fastest lap in qualifying at Lausitziring and thus secured his maiden pole position in the DTM. The 24-year old from Gerolstein completed his lap of the 3.478 kilometres long track in the Lausitz region in 1:17.715 minutes. “This season, I have definitely stepped up a gear. So far, we got plenty of critics and this is the right response. Now, I am up front for the start and that is where I want to be at the end, too,” Vietoris said. His team-mate Gary Paffett was 0.225 seconds slower and will be starting from second place alongside Vietoris on the front row. 

For the first time since leaving Mercedes-Benz, Brit Jamie Green made it into the final qualifying heat and set the third-fastest time with his Audi RS 5 DTM. “For me, the first three races weren’t ideal. Now, we are back, and that is nice. On Friday, I had my birthday, and it would be nice to score my first points of the season here,” said Green, who was on pole at Lausitz in 2005 and 2006, but didn’t win. Behind Green, Canadian Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) will be starting from fourth place.

The third row of the grid also promises excitement. Here, Canadian Bruno Spengler with the BMW M3 DTM will be in fifth place and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) in sixth position, the first and second placed drivers in the points’ standings will be starting alongside each other. “Fifth place is okay, but it isn’t the result I wanted. My lap was nearly faultless, but that simply was all I could do today. It was clear that our opponents would improve. But today was only qualifying, the race is tomorrow,” Spengler said.

Augusto Farfus (BMW) ended up tenth in qualifying, but will be starting from 15th place on the grid. As the Brazilian had used a set of tyres that wasn’t allocated to his car in free practice on Saturday morning, he will be dropped five places.

For three DTM stalwarts, qualifying at Lausitz was very disappointing. Timo Scheider, Mattias Ekström (both Audi) and Martin Tomczyk (BMW) didn’t do better than 17th, 18th and 22nd place respectively. Marco Wittmann (BMW), the surprising second-placed from Spielberg, failed to build on his good performance and will start from 19th position. After finishing third in the race at Spielberg, team-mate Timo Glock had to make do with 14th place on the grid at Lausitz.

An overview of the tyre choice of every driver for the start of the race can be found in the evening at www.dtm.com. The fourth season round will cover 52 laps and 180.856 kilometres and starts on Sunday at 13:30 hrs. ARD is broadcasting live from 13:15 hrs


Motorsports / DTM: german touring cars championship 2013

The two times’ DTM champion is back – pole for Timo Scheider…

Hockenheim. The 2013 DTM season has started. With his Audi RS 5 DTM, Timo Scheider was fastest in qualifying for the season opener at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. The 2008 and 2009 DTM champion will be starting from pole position on Sunday. The 34-year old completed his lap of the 4.574 kilometres long track in 1:35.918 minutes and thus ended ahead of Brazilian Augusto Farfus (BMW) and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz), who were second and third respectively.

For Scheider, it is already his eleventh pole in the DTM. “I am extremely happy. This is a perfect start into the season. Today, we have achieved a really good lap. Let’s wait and see how many good laps we can do in the race on Sunday,” Scheider said after qualifying, which started on a wet track after continuous rain. However, conditions improved steadily and the asphalt dried out towards the end.

Farfus, who will be starting alongside Scheider from the first row with his BMW M3 DTM, was also very upbeat with his qualifying result: “That was a difficult qualifying with changeable conditions. I got it together quite well and I am very happy with second place. Tomorrow, it will be exciting, especially with the new features, the option tyres and DRS.”

With his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Christian Vietoris came within 0.276 seconds of the fastest time of the day. Vietoris said: “We didn’t know where we are. I am happy with the result. The team has done a great job. In the final qualifying heat, I pushed, but unfortunately, Augusto and Farfus pushed a little bit more.” 

For Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz), qualifying ended with disappointment. For the first time in his DTM career, the Canadian made it into the final heat of the four-heat qualifying, but then, in the battle for first place, he crossed a white line of the track limit with all four wheels of his car, after which he was disallowed his lap time by race control. Fifth-placed Swede Mattias Ekström (Audi) was followed by the two title contenders of the previous year, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and DTM champion Bruno Spengler (BMW) in sixth and seventh place respectively. “Seven was my starting number in 2012, so the result is not that bad when you look at it this way,” Spengler said with a smile. 

The youngest driver in DTM history, Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz), showed an impressive performance. In his first-ever DTM qualifying, the 18-year old ended up eighth.

The DTM is booming and even three times’ Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel took the opportunity to watch first qualifying of the year from up close at the track. Like his fellow F1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Nico Hülkenberg, Vettel witnessed the qualifying premiere of Timo Glock (BMW), in which the ex-Formula 1 driver ended up in 15th place. “It is too bad that we didn’t end up more to the front. I felt really well in the car, but we have to learn to understand the tyres, especially in wet conditions,” said Glock. 

On Sunday, two technical novelties will be used in the race for the first time. The Drag Reduction System (DRS), which allows the driver to temporarily adjust their rear wing from the cockpit and thus increase their top speed, as well as the option tyres, which differs from the regular DTM tyre with a softer rubber compound and allows for 1 to 1.5 seconds faster lap times for a while. 

The first race of the season covers 42 laps and 192.108 kilometres and starts on Sunday at 13:30 hrs (CET). ARD is already broadcasting live from 13:15 hrs.