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Adria: Opel qualifying report

Peter Dumbreck will start the second race of the DTM season from the third row of the grid. In the super-pole qualifying session the Scot drove the best time in the OPC Phoenix Astra V8 Coupé. Alain Menu (OPC Holzer) and Joachim Winkelhock (OPC...

Peter Dumbreck will start the second race of the DTM season from the third row of the grid. In the super-pole qualifying session the Scot drove the best time in the OPC Phoenix Astra V8 Coupé. Alain Menu (OPC Holzer) and Joachim Winkelhock (OPC Euroteam) also qualified for the super-pole and will start Sunday's race from the fourth row of the grid.

Volker Strycek (Opel motorsport director):

"Three Opels in the top ten and Peter Dumbreck starting from the third row -- that is a clear improvement compared to earlier. Also, the space between times in the previous practices is improving. For the race I expect a hard fight, in which the drivers must be strong and tyres and brakes must be used intelligently."

#19 Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) 5th, 1:12.667:

"To be on the third row is special on this track and a good starting position for the race. My lap was good; I feel right with Opel and in the Astra cockpit. For me it's great fun."

#8 Alain Menu (OPC Team Holzer) 7th, 1:12.707:

"I am content because my lap was very careful at the end; I completely out-braked myself in the first corner then backed off a bit."

#16 Joachim Winkelhock (OPC Euroteam) 8th, 1:12.800:

"I watched and discovered that the Opel drivers were always faster in the second laps (in first qualifying) so I drove once two, then three laps. The lap in the super-pole was absolutely okay, nobody manages an error free lap."

#17 Jeroen Bleekemolen (OPC Euroteam) 12th, 1:13.092:

"Starting twelfth is great. With my second set of tyres I was faster in the first round but then I made a small driving error. I'm still learning."

#18 Timo Scheider (OPC Team Phoenix) 16th, 1:13.239:

"Naturally I'm disappointed. In my third attempt I got a problem when changing gear. We must look at why. It will be a hard race on Sunday."

#7 Manuel Reuter (OPC Team Holzer) 17th, 1:13.465:

"Not one attempt was suitable. Blocking wheels, lack of grip, faster sector times on the in lap than in the later tries. There are days when it just goes wrong."

-opel- (translated from German)

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Series DTM
Drivers Peter Dumbreck , Joachim Winkelhock , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Volker Strycek , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Alain Menu