Oschersleben: BMW Motorsport qualifying report

Jorg Muller fastest BMW driver in WTCC qualifying in Oschersleben. Oschersleben (Germany), 25th August 2007. Jorg Muller (GER) of BMW Team Germany secured fourth place on the grid for round 15 of FIA World Touring Car Championship. In an...

Jorg Muller fastest BMW driver in WTCC qualifying in Oschersleben.

Oschersleben (Germany), 25th August 2007. Jorg Muller (GER) of BMW Team Germany secured fourth place on the grid for round 15 of FIA World Touring Car Championship. In an exciting qualifying session at the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben" the current championship leader posted a personal best time of 1:36.353 minutes, thus being just 0.062 seconds slower than pole-sitter Gabriele Tarquini (ITA/SEAT).

Augusto Farfus (BRA) rounded off the BMW Team Germany's promising performance on home soil by finishing sixth. BMW Team UK's Andy Priaulx (GBR), who is ranked third in the drivers' classification behind Muller and Farfus, is also in the position to score a good result in tomorrow's races: The reigning World Champion claimed eighth place in qualifying. Felix Porteiro (ESP) of BMW Team Italy-Spain recorded the tenth-fastest time in the 30-minute session. His team-mate Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) had to make do with 21st place on the grid.

"I didn't expect to be up there on the grid despite carrying 55 kilograms of handicap weight," commented Muller after qualifying. "Given that, I'm even more satisfied with laying the foundation for a strong performance on Sunday. I'm confident I can put on a good show for my German fans. Perhaps I could have made it even further up. On my final assault, however, I pushed too hard and had a brief off-track moment."

Farfus was on his way to improve his time in the dying moments of the session. During his out-lap, however, he got hit by a competitor, spun off and was forced to abandon his final run. "Things like this are obviously not what you want as a driver," he said. "But it's no tragedy. I'm still in a good position to walk away with some points in the bag from Oschersleben and this is extremely important in our championship."

The German motor racing fans in the Magdeburg Borde region witnessed an exciting qualifying, with conditions at the 3.696-kilometre improving from one lap to the next. Priaulx and Porteiro only made their decisive improvements in the closing part of the session. The same went for most of the other drives on the grid. The final spurt for fast lap times was kicked off six minutes before the end, when qualifying was re- started following a red-flag situation. Michel Jourdain jr (MEX/SEAT) had clipped the barrier at the Bilstein Chicane, calling for a short interruption while the marshals cleaned the track.

-credit: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jorg Muller , Augusto Farfus , Felix Porteiro , Gabriele Tarquini , Michel Jourdain