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Adria: Opel qualifying report

At the third DTM race weekend Heinz-Harald Frentzen (OPC Team Holzer) was the best Opel driver in qualifying. The prominent new addition to the DTM, as previously in Estoril, succeeded in making the super-pole qualifying at the Adria International...

At the third DTM race weekend Heinz-Harald Frentzen (OPC Team Holzer) was the best Opel driver in qualifying. The prominent new addition to the DTM, as previously in Estoril, succeeded in making the super-pole qualifying at the Adria International Raceway. He set the sixth best time for a third row start.

Timo Scheider (OPC Team Holzer) was the second Opel driver in the super-pole qualifying for the top ten. The Holzer driver, who took part in the individual timed laps for the third time this season, starts the race from the fifth row on Sunday.

Again the DTM drivers showed how close the competition is in this series, probably like in no other racing series, because at the end of qualifying 20 cars were within one second.

Volker Strycek Opel motorsport boss:

"Again many complements to Heinz-Harald and Timo, who are in the top ten. While their starting positions for the race are good, our remaining results are disappointing. Even if the competition in the DTM is very close, we cannot be happy that only two Vectra GTS V8's will start in the top ten."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (OPC Team Holzer) 1:11.510, 6th

"I undertook three runs and each time I got a free track. My super-pole lap was better still than the previous attempts. Our extensive data analysis was worthwhile in itself."

Timo Scheider (OPC Team Holzer) 1:11.830, 9th

"I became faster in each of my three runs but the super-pole was not perfect. Nonetheless I'm happy because our long run on Friday is hopeful for tomorrow."

Marcel Fässler (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:11.824, 14th

"It was getting increasingly better but it was not enough by far. I am disappointed."

Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:11.963, 17th

"We didn't change anything since this morning, when I was sixth, but I was by far not fast enough. Now I must hope for the race."

Manuel Reuter (OPC Team Holzer) 1:11.993, 20th

"In my runs I was making a personal improvement but I'm far off the competitive times."

Laurent Aiello (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:12.039, 20th

"It's hard for me to find an explanation for the bad result. The car just didn't develop any grip."

Jeroen Bleekemolen (OPC Euroteam) 1:12.562, 21st

"We can give the other year-old cars a challenge in fast races, we proved that in Hockenheim. On such a close track like Adria, unfortunately not."

-opel- (translated from German)

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Volker Strycek , Jeroen Bleekemolen