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    • DTM 2011 - Bruno Spengler takes pole position for 4th time, Mercedes has 5 out of the first 6 start positions for Norisring

      This is the second straight qualifying pole position for the Canadian Bruno Spegler. Unfortunately, the pole position in the previous race didn't transfer into a victory with him finishing in 3rd place. Audi finishing 1-2 in the previous race has tightened things up with Audi's Tomczyk taking over first in the drivers standings from Spengler. Mercedes is still in first in the team standings, barely.

      Mercedes will have 5 out of the first 6 starting positions for the race.


      Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) - pole position (48.222):

      “I’m very happy with my performance today. The lap times on this circuit are incredibly close, and it’s really important to start from pole here. I was already into a good rhythm during free practice, and if we can show the same pace in the race, I’m in with a very good chance of claiming my third win at the Norisring.”

      Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO AMG Mercedes C-Cass) - second (48.418):

      “Of course, I would prefer to be on pole, but second place is a very good result. My times were improving all the way through qualifying and my THOMAS SABO AMG Mercedes C-Class performed very well. I like the track and hope to have a good race.”

      Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class) - third (48.532):

      “Things weren’t quite perfect in the practice session this morning, but my car performed very well in qualifying itself – a big thank you to the entire team. I’m pleased with my third place. As for the race, I expect to be in with a good chance of securing what would be my fourth victory in a row at the Norisring.”

      Ralf Schumacher (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) - fifth (48.124):

      “It was very close in qualifying. It’s a pity that I didn’t make it into the top four, but we had a difficult day on Friday and I had very little track time, so I’m glad that today went so well. It could have been much worse. We still have a good chance starting from fifth position.”

      Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) - sixth (48.189):

      “Sixth is a great result. The team did a fantastic job and my C-Class was working really well. For a while there, I thought I might make it through to the fourth segment, but then the other drivers stepped up a gear. Qualifying was a lot of fun and I’m now looking forward to the race.”

      This article was originally published in forum thread: DTM 2011 - Bruno Spengler takes pole position for 4th time, Mercedes has 5 out of the first 6 start positions for Norisring started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. Mort's Avatar
        Mort -
        Good luck Bruno.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Bruno Spengler took the pole for this race and made good use of it. Martin Tomczyk was ahead of him in the standings goings into the race but Spengler has now retaken the top position in the driver standings. Mercedes also now increases its lead in manufacturer and team standings. Full race breakdown below, Audi finished 3-4-5.

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        Start behind the safety car due to the rain.

        Lap 1 Five laps behind the safety car.

        Lap 5 At the end of the lap, the safety car will pull into the pit lane.

        Lap 6 Green. Spengler remains in front from Paffett, Green. Coulthard overtakes Vietoris. Scheider past Engel for sixth.

        Lap 7 Molina collides with Jarvis at Grundigkehre and turns Jarvis around.

        Lap 9 Tomczyk attacks Engel for seventh.

        Lap 10 Ekström attacks Green for third, but the Brit defends his position.

        Lap 11 Nice battle between Tomczyk and Engel. Under braking for Dutzendteich, Engel misses his braking point and Tomczyk gets past. The German is now seventh.

        Lap 13 Spengler is leading Paffett by 2.1 seconds, then Green, Ekström, Schumacher, Scheider, Tomczyk, Engel, Mortara, Coulthard.

        Lap 15 Molina battling with Coulthard for tenth.

        Lap 16 Paffett into the wall coming out of Schöller S.

        Lap 21 Mortara is the first driver to come in for his pit stop.

        Lap 22 Molina into the pits.

        Lap 25 Rockenfeller into the pits.

        Lap 29 Battle between Green and Ekström for second place.

        Lap 32 Vietoris into the pits.

        Lap 35 Coulthard into the pits.

        Lap 38 Engel into the pits.

        Lap 39 Frey into the pits.

        Lap 40 Engel and Mortara tangle at Dutzendteich.

        Lap 41 Albuquerque into the pits.

        Lap 43 Van der Zande into the pits.

        Lap 44 Scheider into the pits. Incident between Engel and Mortara is under investigation.

        Lap 45 Spengler, Stoddart, Jarvis into the pits.

        Lap 46 Ekström and Green battle for second. Partly side by side. Scheider into the pits for his second stop.

        Lap 47 At the exit of Grundig, Ekström overtakes Green. The Brit counters at Schöller, but Ekström stays ahead. Schumacher into the pits.

        Lap 48 Green past Ekström again. No further action against Engel or Mortara. Green into the pits.

        Lap 49 Ekström into the pits. Tomczyk is now the only driver yet to make a stop.

        Lap 50 Tomczyk into the pits.

        Lap 51 Tomczyk almost hits the Armco barriers coming out of the pits. Ekström into the pits for his second stop.

        Lap 52 Tomczyk, Engel, Stoddart, Rockenfeller also into the pits.

        Lap 53 Frey into the pits.

        Lap 54 Vietoris, Jarvis into the pits.

        Lap 55 Spengler, Molina, Albuquerque into the pits.

        Lap 56 Green into the pits.

        Lap 57 Van der Zande into the pits.

        Lap 58 Safety car. Mortara, Schumacher, Coulthard into the pits.

        Lap 59 All drivers having completed their pit stops, Spengler is leading from Green, Tomczyk, Scheider, Mortara, Schumacher, Ekström, Coulthard, Engel and Van der Zande.

        Lap 65 Red flag. Spengler wins from Green, Tomczyk, Scheider, Mortara, Schumacher, Ekström, Coulthard, Engel and Van der Zande.
      1. Mort's Avatar
        Mort -
        Congrats to MB for increasing their lead in the DTM Series and to the great 1-2 finish of Spengler and Green. Nice to see Bruno Spengler at the top of the driver standings. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mort Click here to enlarge
        Congrats to MB for increasing their lead in the DTM Series and to the great 1-2 finish of Spengler and Green. Nice to see Bruno Spengler at the top of the driver standings. Click here to enlarge
        Guy is good, very good. After the next race we will be past the mid-point of the season. If Mercedes increases their lead they have a good chance to hold Audi off.
      1. cpais's Avatar
        cpais -
        Sticky, I was trying to send you a PM but I couldn't see how to do it. If it's possible can you send me one so that I can respond?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cpais Click here to enlarge
        Sticky, I was trying to send you a PM but I couldn't see how to do it. If it's possible can you send me one so that I can respond?
        Since you are a guest vendor you can not use PM's.

        You can e-mail me at administrator@benzboost.com