DTM Zandvoort: Christijan Albers Third, Gary Paffett Fourth Bernd Schneider had qualified third behind Paffett and overtook his English team mate at the start to take second place. Albers was seventh after the first lap. Schneider and Paffett...
DTM Zandvoort: Christijan Albers Third, Gary Paffett Fourth
Bernd Schneider had qualified third behind Paffett and overtook his English team mate at the start to take second place. Albers was seventh after the first lap.
Schneider and Paffett made their first pit stops on lap six followed by Albers one lap later and Jean Alesi on lap eight. During the first round of pit stops Paffett dropped to sixth, but overtook Christian Abt on lap 11 toimprove to fifth.
Alesi came in for his second stop on lap 16. Schneider pitted on lap 17 with Albers and Paffett making their stops on lap 18. Schneider rejoined the race immediately in front of Martin Tomczyk and was passed by the Audi driver shortly afterwards.
On lap 24 the race was red-flagged following an accident of Peter Dumbreck (Opel Vectra GTS V8) at the beginning of the front straight. After more than one hour it was restarted, the remaining distance according to the rules was ten laps.
At the restart Albers improved from sixth to third, followed by Schneider and Paffett. The Englishman overtook Schneider to take fourth position. On lap seven, Albers posted the fastest lap of the race with a 1:36.441. Ekström won ahead of Tomczyk, Albers and Paffett.
Christijan Albers, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes:
"After my poor grid position I'm happy about my podium finish with which I keep a small chance of the title. I don't give up at all."
Gary Paffett, C-Klasse AMG-Mercedes:
"I'm not satisfied. Starting second and finishing fourth is not enough. My first start and my first pit stop were not really good, therefore I was not able to finish on the podium."
Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes:
"A turbulent race. After quite a good qualifying result I had expected more for today. However, it's important that Christijan and Gary still have a theoretical chance of the title."
Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes:
"A difficult race. My car's set-up was really good. Unfortunately I hadn't achieved a good qualifying lap and 13th on the grid was a poor basis for the race."
Markus Winkelhock, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes ended up 14th ahead of Bernd Mayländer, CLK AMG-Mercedes. Jarek Janis, Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes came home 16th after a battle with Stefan Mücke, CLK AMG-Mercedes who finished 17th.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"A turbulent race in front of a record crowd. Fortunately Peter Dumbreck escaped without injury from his spectacular accident. The result probably means a preliminary decision. However, we're not tensed up and fight until the end and want to make best use of our chances. Our pit stops were not the best, so that particularly Gary and Bernd lost time. Congratulations to Mattias Ekström, Martin Tomczyk and Audi."