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N?rburgring: Opel qualifying report

Alain Menu to start Sunday's race as best placed Opel driver on the third row of the grid in the third DTM race of the season. A row behind the Swiss, Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) starts from seventh position and a row further on, Jeroen ...

Alain Menu to start Sunday's race as best placed Opel driver on the third row of the grid in the third DTM race of the season. A row behind the Swiss, Peter Dumbreck (OPC Team Phoenix) starts from seventh position and a row further on, Jeroen Bleekemolen (OPC Euroteam) starts from ninth.

In Saturday first qualifying Dumbreck set the third fastest time and 21-year-old Bleekemolen joined the top ten for super-pole qualifying for the first time.

Volker Strycek, Opel motorsport director:

"That was again a very exciting DTM qualifying session and the gap between drivers was very small. Again, three Opels in the top ten and Alain Menu fifth -- that is a good starting position. Many compliments to Alain and Peter, and also Jeroen, who left many experienced drivers behind him. For the race we are confident after Peter's good run."

Alain Menu #8 (OPC Team Holzer) 5th 1:25.308:

"I increased from 1:25.876 to 1:25.580 and then to 1:25.355 on each lap. The super-pole lap was good but at the start the rear went out and I had to lift. The third row is good and I'm pleased we have made progress."

Peter Dumbreck #19 (OPC Team Phoenix) 7th 1:25.512:

"In my second run I went wide in the arena but I stayed on the gas and drove my best lap. In the final elimination I drove consistently and I'm content."

Jeroen Bleekemolen #17 (OPC Euroteam) 9th 1:26.370:

"For the first time I drove three runs, as I had to back off in the second due to yellow flags. In the super-pole I drove a good lap, I am very lucky."

Manuel Reuter #7 (OPC Team Holzer) 12th 1:25.819:

"My first two attempts were okay but in the third try a car got in my way and I had to avoid it. I wanted to make the time up but it did not happen."

Timo Scheider #18 (OPC Team Phoenix) 14th 1:25.891:

"In the first attempt I braked too much, the second was error free but too slow. We changed some things before the third run but unfortunately I was just not fast enough."

Joachim Winkelhock #16 (OPC Euroteam) 15th 1:25.977:

"The tuning was not good for qualifying. For Sunday we will be sorted out."

-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