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Fassler on pole at A1-Ring

Fassler on pole at A1-Ring

AMG Mercedes driver Marcel Fässler will start the eighth round of the DTM at Austria on pole position, his third pole of the season. Fässler was out fourth in the super-pole after qualifying seventh in the first session and set a 1:27.212 for ...

AMG Mercedes driver Marcel F?ssler will start the eighth round of the DTM at Austria on pole position, his third pole of the season. F?ssler was out fourth in the super-pole after qualifying seventh in the first session and set a 1:27.212 for pole. AMG teammate Jean Alesi was second, just three hundredths behind the Swiss and Express Service driver Christijan Albers made it a 1-2-3 for Mercedes.

Pole winner Marcel Fassler celebrates with teammate Jean Alesi.
Photo by ITR e.V..
The first qualifying saw a few spinners and Manuel Reuter caused a brief red-flag period when his Opel was stranded in a gravel trap at the Gerhard Berger corner. Bernd M?ylander, Peter Terting and Jokel Winkelhock all spun and there was a fair bit of dirt on the track in places.

Opel's Timo Scheider made the super-pole and the Phoenix driver was out first in the session. He looked likely to remain tenth until Abt's Martin Tomczyk spun on his flying lap, which demoted him to the end of the top ten. Scheider's teammate Peter Dumbreck was hampered by dirt on the track from Tomczyk's incident and finished seventh.

F?ssler set his pole time relatively early -- he went out on used tyres after struggling for grip in the first session and it paid off. Abt's Mattias Ekstr?m and Christian Abt set average times for seventh and six respectively. The front runners from the Friday practices couldn't match F?ssler's pace, although Alesi came very close.

Championship leader Bernd Schneider was a disappointing fifth and reigning champion Laurent Aiello made fourth. Aside from Tomczyk's spin, which made his time irrelevant, the top nine were separated by less than a second and the top five within half a second. Mercedes looks good at the A1-Ring and the Audi's slightly off the pace but, as always in the DTM, anything can happen in the race.

"Everything worked, the car was perfect," said F?ssler, who has yet to convert his pole-positions into a victory this year. "Already this weekend my car was running well and we could prepare well for Sunday. My super-pole lap didn't have any big errors; I will be giving everything for victory tomorrow but it all depends on the start."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Christijan Albers , Timo Scheider , Christian Abt , Peter Terting