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Norisring: Abt Sportsline qualifying report

Abt driver Mattias Ekström takes his first pole in the DTM With an absolute dream lap, Mattias Ekström claimed his first pole position in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) at the Norisring. For tomorrow's fifth season round (17.10 on...

Abt driver Mattias Ekström takes his first pole in the DTM

With an absolute dream lap, Mattias Ekström claimed his first pole position in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) at the Norisring. For tomorrow's fifth season round (17.10 on ZDF), the Swede will be starting alongside his team mate, points leader Laurent Aiello, who has all the chances to make an early decision in the championship. Christian Abt, whose search for a quick lap time came to an early halt already after his first attempt because of a defective gearbox, is sixth from Karl Wendlinger. Junior driver Martin Tomczyk will not be competing in the race on Sunday: the 20-year old from Rosenheim spun into a tyre barrier at high speed after a brake problem, severely damaged his Abt-Audi TT-R and suffered from a bruised left shoulder.

Quotes after qualifying

Laurent Aiello (49.369 sec., 2nd place):

"To be honest, I didn't expect such a good position on the grid. We have been working with the brakes a lot since yesterday and we never came beyond a position in the midfield. Even during qualifying, we tried a few things and probably found the right way just at the right time."

Martin Tomczyk (accident):

"Under braking for the Grundig-hairpin, I suddenly had no brake pressure anymore and then the car turned around. The impact was massive, but it also showed once again, how safe our TT-R is. Too bad that I am having so much bad luck here at the Norisring - I will keep my fingers crossed for my four team mates tomorrow and I will be back in full swing myself in a fortnight."

Karl Wendlinger (49.455 sec., 7th place):

"Probably, I could have done even better, but I slid a little bit on one of my last laps, which cost me some time. And with this close competition, a few tenths are already deciding about a couple of places on the grid. In the race, it will be also important how we are using our brakes. We are very well prepared for it."

Christian Abt (49.425 sec., 6th place):

"Of course, I really would have liked to be on pole here. But when you take into account that I had only one attempt, before my gearbox went, I was really lucky. I am looking forward to tomorrow: here at the Norisring, I can probably still make up a couple of places."

Mattias Ekström (49.239 sec., 1st place):

"This year, I have been fighting for pole many times and therefore, I am all the more happy that I finally made it. Last year, I have learned a lot here and now, I have a much better feeling. As far as I am concerned, Germany can win the World Cup tomorrow, as long as Sweden wins in the DTM."

Hans-Jürgen Abt (team boss):

"Today, the main thing is that Martin is more or les all right after his accident. Today, Mattias and Laurent have been driving lap times that we didn't even thought would be possible. I think that we will have a great show tomorrow with a yellow and a blue Abt-Audi TT-R on the first row of the grid."

-abtsportsline-

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Series DTM
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Laurent Aiello , Martin Tomczyk , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Hans-Jurgen Abt