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Nuerburgring 3rd practice notes

Third free practice session 3 - Jorg van Ommen DTM's "Marathon Man" was the fastest of the Mercedes "Seniors" and felt quite confident after the session: "Still I got some problems, as my car doesn't stay as calm as I'd like it to while braking.

Third free practice session

3 - Jorg van Ommen DTM's "Marathon Man" was the fastest of the Mercedes "Seniors" and felt quite confident after the session: "Still I got some problems, as my car doesn't stay as calm as I'd like it to while braking. But this isn't very important and besides of this problem I'm feeling really comfortable in the car and I think it will be rather competitive."

1- Klaus Ludwig The reigning champion was the fastest of the six Opel drivers in this session but only 8-fastest of the grid and wasn't very delighted: "It's a pity, that we couldn't finish our Friday program yesterday and had to do some of it today. But nevertheless I wouldn't be too unhappy with my car which seems to be rather quick. If there wouldn't be the big progress of Mercedes. I had never expected them to drive 1:38-times and I'm totally sure, that I won't be able to do a lap as fast as this afternoon."

8 - Nicola Larini DTM's champion of 1993 was nineth altogether and the third fastes of the Alfa drivers. "I really don't know what to think about this session. It wasn't bad and it wasn't good. But there is a problem we got to change: We haven't got enough topspeed."

9 - Manuel Reuter Reuter wasn't as fast as Friday but wasn't worried at all. "we did a lot of testing for the race on used tyres with a full tank. And when we wanted to test the new tyres, I had some technical problems like a defect catalytic converter on the one hand and lots of traffic on the other. But I'm not worried about the Mercedes times. If I could do a 1:39.29 in the heat of Friday afternoon, why shouldn't a 1:38 time have been possible for me today. So I'm really optimistic for Top Qualifying."

14 - Bernd Schneider The leader didn't go for a fast lap in this session, but did work on a race set-up. "I did a long run and I'm very satisfied by it's result. My car has got a very good balance now. My team mate instead did work for Top Qualifying and I hope, that I'll succeed in using his set-up this afternoon."

20 - JJ Lehto For the first time since he is driving the '95 Calibra Lehto was happy with his car: "First of all: Regarding all the problems of yesterday, this is the first time that I really could work on the set-up, as I could do only four laps yesterday. But today's free practice session was a good one. Finally I can go the pace of the others. I think now my car is competitive. A 1:40.00 would have been possible in this session and I hope, this weekend will bring some good results."

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