Lead change in the DTM: victory for Tom Kristensen Excitement in the battle for the DTM title. In the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Tom Kristensen scored his first win of the season with his Audi A4 DTM. After two victories for Mercedes-Benz in...
Lead change in the DTM: victory for Tom Kristensen
Excitement in the battle for the DTM title.
In the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Tom Kristensen scored his first win of the season with his Audi A4 DTM. After two victories for Mercedes-Benz in the first two rounds of the season, the Dane showed a dominant performance and took the lead in the drivers' standings from Bernd Schneider. "Our early second pit stop was a tactical geniality and the key to success", the winner was delighted with the good work by his team.
For Kristensen, it was the second win in the most popular international touring car series. The seven times' winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours had scored his maiden win at the same venue in 2004. After 161.348 kilometres in the race, Bruno Spengler and Jamie Green finished second and third respectively.
At the narrow track in the region of Magdeburg, team tactics were mainly decisive about the outcome of the race. After a good start and a successful first pit stop, Kristensen initially pulled clear from his rivals. But then, the Dane lost precious seconds and his margin over main rival Spengler as he got stuck in traffic.
The Audi Sport Team Abt decided spontaneously to make the second stop earlier and thus prevented Kristensen from losing more time. Back on the track, he drove on to victory in a dominant way and even managed a hattrick during the weekend: pole-position, victory and the fastest race lap with 1.21.121 minutes.
Mercedes-Benz-driver Bruno Spengler had a very good start, went past fellow-Mercedes-Benz-driver Jamie Green and took second place, which he wasn't to lose again. For the Canadian, it was the first podium finish in his DTM career. Audi-driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen crossed the line in fourth place. Bernd Schneider came home fifth with his AMG Mercedes C-Class and takes home four valuable points in the fight for the championship.
Swede Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) who had started ninth finished seventh at Oschersleben behind his team-mate Martin Tomczyk. The two ex-Formula 1-drivers Jean Alesi and Mika Häkkinen (both Mercedes-Benz) came home in eighth and ninth place respectively. Alesi was the best-placed driver with year-old machinery.
Once again, Greek driver, Alexandros Margaritis showed a fine performance. After the 21-year old already scored championship points in the first two rounds of the seasons, he was running in fourth place with his AMG Mercedes C-Class from last year until two laps before the end. Because of problems with the wheel nut, Bonn-based Margaritis had to retire early.
In the championship standings, Audi-driver Kristensen is leading with 26 points, just ahead of Mercedes-Benz-duo Bernd Schneider (24) and Bruno Spengler (12). The fourth round of the DTM will be taking the 20 drivers to Brands Hatch in Great Britain on July 2.
Tom Kristensen (winner, Audi Sport Team Abt):
"That was a great weekend for Audi, the team and myself. It was my first win in the DTM since Oschersleben 2004. We have broken our duck. It is a great feeling."
Bruno Spengler (2nd place, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes):
"My first podium in the DTM. It is great and I am overjoyed. I can get used to that. I had a great start and managed to overtake Jamie, but unfortunately, I couldn't find a way past Tom."
Jamie Green (3rd place, Salzgitter AMG Mercedes):
"My start was not perfect. I dropped back to third place because I had some wheelspin. Too bad, because in fact, I was quick and constant throughout the race. But unfortunately, overtaking here at Oschersleben is almost impossible when your opponent doesn't make a mistake."
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Audi motor sport director:
"I think that personally, I can be very satisfied. Tom Kristensen and the team have shown a great performance. After we had already been very strong in the first two races and our rivals were as strong here as we know them, I can say: "mission completed". I am also happy that we are now in the lead of the championship. This result makes it a great weekend for us. The race was hard, but fair."
Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz motor sport director:
"Congratulations to Audi and Abt. Here, Audi was a great, good and fit opponent. Going home being two points down in the championship standings was certainly not our goal. It is important, however, that we have shown here as well that we are capable of winning. We might have lost the lead in the battle for the title, but we are strong in our hunt for the leader."