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Hockenheim: Opel qualifying report

Opel arrives in qualifying for the DTM 2005 at Hockenheim with Marcel Fässler on starting position four Volker Strycek, Opel motorsport director: "Congratulations to Marcel Fässler on fourth place in qualifying. Therefore all three ...

Opel arrives in qualifying for the DTM 2005 at Hockenheim with Marcel Fässler on starting position four

Volker Strycek, Opel motorsport director:

"Congratulations to Marcel Fässler on fourth place in qualifying. Therefore all three manufacturers are represented on the first two starting rows for Sunday's race. The track conditions changed unbelievably fast which is why our pilots drove their best times in the first session. Subsequently no faster laps were possible."

"It was particularly hard for Manuel Reuter and Heinz-Harald Frentzen because neither of them had a good time at the start. Places 17th and 19th are disappointing -- clearly we need to improve in the race. Laurent Aiello missed getting into the individually timed laps by one thousandth of a second. The distances are so close in the DTM!"

Marcel Fässler (GMAC Team OPC), 1:36.075, 4th:

"Starting place four -- that is a beautiful beginning to the season! I stayed with the same set-up from qualifying to the individually timed laps because it worked well from the start. In the Motodrom I unfortunately made two small mistakes but nevertheless, row two is a good starting position for Sunday's race."

Laurent Aiello (Team OPC), 1:35.435, 11th:

"I had three runs; with the first attempt my Vectra went well and was very well balanced. Then the track became slower, not only our times but also our competitors. I missed getting into the super pole by one thousandth of a second!"

Manuel Reuter (Team OPC), 1:35.880, 17th:

"I did my best time with the first set of tyres but the two following laps were slower each time. Obviously we must improve, the gap is still much too big, but I hope for a good race."

Heinz Harald Frentzen (Stern Team OPC), 1:35.967, 19th:

"We didn't achieve the result I expected in any of my three runs -- we just didn't get it together. I am very disappointed. We must now focus on exhausting all the possibilities of how we can improve."

-opel- (translated from German)

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Manuel Reuter , Volker Strycek