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Norisring: Mercedes qualifying report

Gimme Five: Five AMG-Mercedes in Front Jamie Green on pole position, 0.020sec ahead of Bernd Schneider Top Five within 0.166sec Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday's fifth round of the 2006 DTM at Nuremberg's...

Gimme Five: Five AMG-Mercedes in Front
Jamie Green on pole position, 0.020sec ahead of Bernd Schneider
Top Five within 0.166sec

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday's fifth round of the 2006 DTM at Nuremberg's Norisring from pole position. It is the fifth DTM career pole for the 24-year old Brit and his third of the season. Green leads a Mercedes-Benz quintet: In a thrilling closing stage Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class) qualified second two hundredths of a second behind. Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes C-Class) was third with a 48.622sec.

Jean Alesi qualified the 2005 stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class fourth (48.647) ahead of Mika Häkkinen (AMG-Mercedes C-Class/48.655). The five C-Class drivers were within 0.166sec, the gap between positions three and six was 0.054sec.

Bruno Spengler was fastest in the exciting first part of qualifying with a 48.538sec. Between Bernd Schneider in ninth place and Alexandros Margaritis in 11th the gap was only three thousandths of a second. Mathias Lauda (Second Hand AMG Mercedes C-Class) was 15th and missed the next group by 24 thousandths. Susie Stoddart (AutoScout24 AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up 17th with a 49.331sec whilst Stefan Mücke (TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class) finished 19th on a 49.787sec.

Jamie Green's 48.458 was the fastest lap for the second qualifying and also the best time of the day. Daniel la Rosa (TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class) was 11th with a 48.857sec. He was three thousandths behind Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) who was eighth and last to qualify for the final round. Alexandros Margaritis (Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class) ended up 13th with a 48.984 sec.

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class), pole position (48.489): "I'm really happy about my pole position. The team gave me a perfect car and I was able to push throughout. I now look forward to tomorrow's race. With the track and the weather, the conditions here are similar to those at Brands Hatch. The pole position is a good basis and the win is possible."

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class), second (48.509): "That was close. I gave it my all, but I made a small mistake on my final lap. The Dutzendteich hairpin is just not my corner. Anyway we have a good basis for tomorrow. It will be crucial to make a good start and to avoid any of the first corner mayhem."

Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes C-Class), third (48.622): "I'm a little disappointed because I had expected a better result. My car ran well all weekend and we have a perfect set-up. However, Jamie and Bernd were just a little bit too fast for me today."

Jean Alesi (stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class), fourth (48.647): "This was our best performance this year. I'm happy about my fourth place and we will now focus on an optimum preparation for the race to be as competitive as yesterday and today. I like Norisring."

Mika Häkkinen (AMG-Mercedes C-Class), fifth (48.655): "Fifth position on the grid is not what I had expected. Unfortunately I couldn't make the best out of my second set of tyres in the third part of qualifying. But tomorrow is what counts. So far our team did a very good job and I'm confident for the race."

Daniel la Rosa (TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class), 11th (48.857): "This was more than we had hoped for. In the end it was very close and I missed the top eight by only three thousandths of a second. Still, 11th on the gird is a good result for me."

Alexandros Margaritis (Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class), 13th (48.984): "It is extremely close here. The first part was very good, but in the second qualifying my brakes faded and therefore I missed the final part."

Mathias Lauda (Second Hand AMG-Mercedes C-Class), 15th (49.065): "I'm quite satisfied and my time is OK. I missed the second qualifying by 24 thousandths of a second. It's a shame; however, I'm the best driver with a 2004 C-Class."

Susie Stoddart (AutoScout24 AMG-Mercedes C-Class), 17th (49.331): "All in all a good qualifying considering the fact that I was not able to practice yesterday afternoon due to an oil leak."

Stefan Mücke (TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class), 19th (49.787): "No good result. On my second lap I touched the barrier and damaged the connecting rod at the left front. Therefore I was not able to improve. In free practice I had shown that I'm fast enough for the top eight."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "The HWA team did a great job with all four drivers, and the same goes for Jean Alesi and his Persson team in fourth place with a 2005 C-Class. Once again Jamie Green demonstrated his abilities in qualifying. For the sixth time in six races since the 2005 season finale he will start from the front row of the grid -- four times from pole, twice from second place."

"Never before have I seen such an exciting qualifying. For example, Mathias Lauda in a 2004 C-Class was 15th and missed the second qualifying by 24 thousandths of a second. In the second part there were three thousandths between positions nine and 11. This shows how closely fought the DTM is. We are, of course, happy; however we regard ourselves only as Saturday's winners. Tomorrow is what counts."

-mercedes-

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Alexandros Margaritis , Mathias Lauda , Stefan Mücke , Daniel la Rosa , Jamie Green