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Hockenheim II: Opel qualifying report

Opel starts the season finale of the DTM in Hockenheim with Marcel Fässler (OPC Team Phoenix) on row three. The Swiss improved continuously in all three runs in qualifying and took the sixth best time in the super pole. Teammate Peter Dumbreck...

Opel starts the season finale of the DTM in Hockenheim with Marcel Fässler (OPC Team Phoenix) on row three. The Swiss improved continuously in all three runs in qualifying and took the sixth best time in the super pole.

Teammate Peter Dumbreck was the best Opel driver after his runs in qualifying. He started the individually times laps in fifth and finished seventh in the Opel Vectra GTS V8. Laurent Aiello (OPC Team Phoenix) missed the super pole round by just three hundredths of a second.

Volker Strycek Opel motorsport chief:

"After we temporarily had three cars in the top ten, I am disappointed that at the end it was only enough to have two of our drivers participate in the super pole qualifying. Marcel and Peter's result compensated somewhat, with third and fourth row starting positions for the season finale."

Marcel Fässler (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:36.132, 6th:

"It was more difficult than Friday to calculate the grip of the track. My car oversteered too much. My super pole round was unspectacular as I didn't want to make any mistakes."

Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:36.245, 7th:

"The time in qualifying was okay but I'm disappointed about my individually timed lap. I made a mistake in the first corner, which I took too fast. More could have been possible today."

Laurent Aiello (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:36.331, 11th:

"I barely missed making it into the super pole qualifying, which is very annoying. In qualifying we increased two places lap by lap."

Manuel Reuter (OPC Team Holzer) 1:36.335, 12th:

"On my first attempt I was ninth, then tenth. For the third attempt we changed a little thing which should have adapted the brake balance. I'm very annoyed."

Timo Scheider (OPC Team Holzer) 1:36.516, 13th:

"We were simply not good enough because my car didn't develop enough grip. I didn't make the top ten in any of my three runs."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (OPC Team Holzer) 1:36.826, 16th:

"I couldn't reproduce the times of this morning when we were in the top ten without any problem. Unfortunately the handling did not improve after slight changes."

Jeroen Bleekemolen (OPC Euroteam) 1:37.137, 20th:

"In the first attempt we were 16th but then I had no more clear laps. It's unbelievable that on slow down laps the ideal line was inconsiderately being driven."

-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