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Nurburgring: Spengler takes maiden pole

Exciting qualifying - maiden DTM pole for Spengler In the final 20 seconds, three different drivers topped the time sheets. Eventually, Canadian Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes C-Class) claimed his maiden DTM pole-position with...

Exciting qualifying - maiden DTM pole for Spengler

In the final 20 seconds, three different drivers topped the time sheets. Eventually, Canadian Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes C-Class) claimed his maiden DTM pole-position with a lap time of 1:23.462 minutes and thus secured himself the most favourable starting position for the race on Sunday."

"At last, my maiden pole in the DTM. I am overjoyed, that is what I have been working for such a long time," the Norisring winner beamed. The drivers will be starting into the first of 43 race laps of the sixth season round of the DTM on Sunday at 14.00 h.

Just before Spengler set his fastest time, points leader Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG Mercedes) and then the second-placed driver from the championship standings, Tom Kristensen with the Siemens-Audi A4, were on pole. Thus, the grid order for the race on Sunday is exactly the reversed order from the current championship standings.

Lining up alongside Bernd Schneider on the second row of the grid will be his fellow-Mercedes-Benz-driver Jamie Green (Salzgitte-AMG-Mercedes). Fourth and fifth place were occupied by Mattias Ekström with the Red Bull-Audi A4 DTM and Stefan Mücke with the TV Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class.

The first two heats of the shoot-out entertained the spectators with exciting battles between the former Formula 1-drivers for making it through. Just before the end of the first session, Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Audi A4 DTM) pushed Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2005) into 15th place, so that the Frenchman wasn't qualified for the second heat of the shoot-out.

In the second session, the driver from Mönchengladbach beat Mika Häkkinen (AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2006), who had to make do with sixth place on the grid. In eight place, Frentzen was the last driver to make it through into the third and final qualifying heat.

Bruno Spengler (1st place, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes): My first pole-position in the DTM, I am overjoyed. First my victory at the Norisring, today pole-position, just great! My final lap was perfect, my car was sensational."

Tom Kristensen (2nd place, Audi Sport Team Abt): "Congratulations to Bruno. I am very happy with my qualifying session, even though I am a little bit disappointed having been pushed from pole in the final second. Last year, we scored a double win here in changing weather conditions. I think that everything is possible tomorrow as well. As the weather is so uncertain, we have to keep our strategy for tomorrow open. For sure, it will be a long evening for the engineers. Would I have been on pole, it would have been different."

Bernd Schneider (3rd place, Vodafone AMG Mercedes): I am very happy with this qualifying, although I would have liked to be out in front. As I ruined one set of tyres by my excursion in the first heat, I had only one set left for the final heat, so that I could react no more in the end."

Mercedes-Benz motor sport director Norbert Haug: "For me, this was the most exciting DTM qualifying session that I can remember. And it could just as well have been the other way round. The improvement of the lap times from the second to the third session by almost a second is impressive. The drivers were totally focussed. Tom Kristensen's lap was great, but then Bruno Spengler countered in the final second. It can't be more exciting. Remarkably and truly great motor sport action."

Audi motor sport director Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich: "This was the first time that I was delighted with a pole position that we didn't even have anymore at that moment. Of course, we had an eye on Bruno Spengler's split times, but we didn't expect him to do such a good time in the final sector to make it to pole. But that is also a part of motor sport and surely can only happen in a championship like the DTM, where all the cars are always so closely together. For tomorrow, we have the best conditions for an exciting race."

-credit: dtm

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Tom Kristensen , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green
Teams Team Abt