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Lausitz: Opel qualifying report

Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) will start the fourth DTM race of the season at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz from the second row of the grid. With the third fastest qualifying time, the Scot obtained the best starting position for the Opels. A row...

Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) will start the fourth DTM race of the season at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz from the second row of the grid. With the third fastest qualifying time, the Scot obtained the best starting position for the Opels.

A row behind Dumbreck is teammate Timo Scheider, who went out fourth in the super-pole qualifying for his flying lap. Alain Menu (OPC Team Holzer), in the super-pole session for the third time, is on the third row with Scheider.

Volker Strycek, Opel motorsport director:

"Naturally we are happy because our upswing continues. Three Opels in the top six is a good starting situation for the race. As for Turn 1, I can only say we tested and we were well prepared for the steep turn over the past year, as the results showed on Friday."

"We have supported the decision to drive on the Grand Prix course because safety always has priority. The DTM is well known for the ability to recognize possible problems early on and react quickly. The ITR is a working community and as such we made this decision together."

Peter Dumbreck , (OPC team Phoenix) 1:40.114, 3rd:

"With third position I am very happy, it continues our upward trend. I felt fine in Turn 1 but I also like the Grand Prix course. A good result is possible, which would make a perfect week for Opel and Phoenix."

Timo Scheider, (OPC Team Phoenix) 1:40.331, 5th:

"At last I'm in the super-pole qualifying! I managed a perfect lap -- I had to break off an earlier approach but then did my three laps."

Alain Menu, (OPC Team Holzer) 1:40.366, 6th:

"The first session was okay but in the second it took a while before the tyres were working properly. Also in the individual timed laps, the grip was not particularly good."

Manuel Reuter, (OPC Team Holzer) 1:40.534, 12th:

"My tyres were working well, the tuning better than before, it simply wasn't enough."

Joachim Winkelhock, (OPC Euroteam) 1:40.574, 13th:

"I felt fine, the car felt good so I'm disappointed about my time."

Jeroen Bleekemolen, (OPC Euroteam) 1:40.826, 14th:

"We had a problem, which we're tying to find the cause of by looking at the data. Still, in free training an hour before the car was great. It was afterwards, however, that we had difficulties with it."

-opel- (translated from German)

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Series DTM
Drivers Peter Dumbreck , Joachim Winkelhock , Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider , Volker Strycek , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Alain Menu