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Nurburgring: Mercedes-Benz race report

Uwe Alzen Won in Front of Record Crowd - Bernd Schneider Third Uwe Alzen won the seventh round of the 2002 DTM at the Nürburgring, beating championship leader Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) after 28 thrilling laps by 0.348sec at the finish line.

Uwe Alzen Won in Front of Record Crowd - Bernd Schneider Third

Uwe Alzen won the seventh round of the 2002 DTM at the Nürburgring, beating championship leader Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) after 28 thrilling laps by 0.348sec at the finish line. Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) followed in third place, another 0.269sec behind. Marcel Fässler (Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes) in fourth place was 1.479sec behind winner Alzen. 73,000 spectators attended the Nürburgring weekend, a record crowd for DTM races at the "Ring".

Qualification race (9 laps 32.544 km): Starting from his second career pole position, Uwe Alzen made it a clean sweep and won the qualification race after an exciting battle ahead of Aiello, Schneider and Fässler. At the finish line, all four cars were within one second.

Main event (28 laps 101.248 km): Again, Alzen accelerated into an immediate lead, whilst Schneider was hit by Christian Abt (Abt-Audi TT-R) at the first corner and dropped to sixth behind Fässler. Aiello followed Alzen closely until both drivers made their compulsory pit stop on lap 9, Schneider pitted on the same lap and moved up three spots.

After all drivers had made their stops by lap 16, Alzen led one second ahead of Aiello, Schneider and Fässler. While Aiello continued to attack, Schneider reduced the gap from more than 4secs to less than 2secs. Entering lap 21, Schneider came closer to the leaders under braking. He tried to pass Aiello on lap 24 at the same place. However the order remained the same until the chequered flag and Alzen achieved his sixth DTM victory, his first of the season.

Bernd Schneider Vodafone AMG-Mercedes:

"Today's third place is a bit frustrating because a better result has been possible, but after being hit by Christian Abt in the first corner, I lost three positions. However it was a fantastic race and we enjoyed a great battle. We will now focus on the final three races of the year."

AMG-Mercedes, Jean Alesi was pushed into a spin in the qualification race's first corner and finished 11th. In the main race he was involved in an incident in the same corner and retired.

Uwe Alzen Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes:

"This is an important victory for me and the highlight of my season in which I lacked success so far. It was a fierce but always fair race and I withstood a lot of pressure. I was able to control the speed and saved my rear tyres so that I could push again in the closing stages."

Marcel Fässler Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes:

"Both my starts were poor, particularly the second one. However thanks to a great pit stop I was able to race with the leaders again."

Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes: Thomas Jäger fought for eighth place with his team mate Peter Dumbreck. After a mistake under braking Jäger dropped to 13th while Dumbreck came home eighth.

Oase AMG-Mercedes: Bernd Mayländer retired on lap 5 of the qualification race after a collision. In the main race he improved from 21st on the grid to 14th at the finish line. CEB AMG-Mercedes: Patrick Huisman was pushed into spins twice and ended up 18th.

Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes: Stefan Mücke finished 16th. Christijan Albers had a short off after a mistake under braking on lap 14 and came home 17th.

Norbert Haug Mercedes-Benz Motorsport chief:

"A fantastic event with a record crowd for touring car races at the Nürburgring and great motor sport. Uwe Alzen did a very good job. Unfortunately Bernd lost the chance for a better result after being hit at the start. Our teams will continue to fight. And will do our best in the season's final three races."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Christian Abt , Patrick Huisman , Thomas Jäger , Stefan Mücke