Oschersleben: BMW preview

BMW aims to continue positive trend at home in Oschersleben. Munich, For the BMW national teams rounds 15 and 16 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Oschersleben (DE) have the same significance as the German Grand Prix has for the BMW...

BMW aims to continue positive trend at home in Oschersleben.

Munich, For the BMW national teams rounds 15 and 16 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Oschersleben (DE) have the same significance as the German Grand Prix has for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. The five drivers travel to their home event held in the "Magdeburger Borde" region with a strong fighting spirit.

BMW Team UK driver Andy Priaulx (GB) is third in the championship, so being the best-placed BMW driver. The triple World Champion is still determined to battle his way back to the very top. With a Brands Hatch (GB) win under his belt, BMW Team Germany driver, Jorg Muller (DE), also showed his championship chances are still alive. Meanwhile BMW Team Italy-Spain's Felix Porteiro (ES) and Alessandro Zanardi (IT) also recently displayed an improvement in performance. Carrying a rather low handicap weight of 30 kilograms, Muller's team-mate, Augusto Farfus (BR), is also set to make his return to the WTCC podium. All in all the stage is set for a thrilling motor racing weekend at the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben".

Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):

"Obviously, Oschersleben is a home race for all of us BMW drivers - no matter where we come from. My personal memories are of wins, and also the emotions of 2005. That year I stood on the podium alongside Alex Zanardi when he won his first WTCC race - there was not a dry eye at the track."

Jorg Muller (BMW Team Germany):

"I just can't wait for my home race. The 15 points I scored at Brands Hatch came at the perfect point in time. I'm far from giving up the fight for the title. Now I have to score as many points as possible in Oschersleben. I'm aware this will be no easy task with 70 kilos of handicap weight, but still I hope for a top result."

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany):

"For me things can only get better. Following all the bad luck I have suffered so far this season, I finally want to make full use of our car's fantastic performance by scoring some good results, and the fact I won one of last year's Oschersleben rounds demonstrates that the circuit suits me well."

Felix Porteiro (BMW Team Italy-Spain):

"I'm the only driver who has scored points in each of the past six races - twice I was on the podium. I wouldn't mind continuing this way at Oschersleben. This consistency is the result of the hard work put in by me and my team."

Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Team Italy-Spain):

"Quite obviously, my relationship with Oschersleben is a very special one. Being back on the highest step of the podium there in 2005, for the first time after my accident, will always remain unforgettable. But there's no reason for me to only look back. Following my good recent results I now also want to score in Germany."

History and Background:

In the past, the BMW drivers have celebrated numerous triumphs at the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben". Five of the six World Championship rounds held at the 3.696- kilometre track were won by BMW drivers. Andy Priaulx secured race wins in both 2005 and 2006, with Jorg Muller and Augusto Farfus winning for BMW Team Germany in 2006 and 2007 respectively. But the driver who created the most emotional moments was Alessandro Zanardi when celebrating his maiden WTCC win in 2005.

Oschersleben is one of the constants on the FIA Touring Car Championship calendars. From 2002 to 2004, it staged six European Championship rounds. Again BMW won five of these six races, with Priaulx celebrating two wins and Muller one.

The circuit is one of Germany's newest and most modern motor racing facilities. On 25th July 2007 it was opened as "MOTOPARK Oschersleben" and in August 2005, it was re-named "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben".

Last year the track layout was slightly modified. The pit straight was extended and now ends in a 90-degree bend with a following right-hander ending in the track's older part. At the same time, the track was resurfaced and provided with an additional gravel trap.

One of Oschersleben's characteristics is the "Hasseroder-Kurve". This 180-degree corner is slightly banked - and a rare feature of state-of-the-art circuits. In the chicane before the back straight the drivers produce spectacular moments: while going over the kerbs quite often two wheels are off the ground. The final turn leading back to the pit straight offers a good overtaking opportunity.

Apart from the circuit staging both car and motorcycle races, the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben" also features a state-of-the-art kart circuit. This outdoor facility provides a regular race venue for several German Karting Championships.

Oschersleben is located 35 kilometres from Magdeburg, and has a population of 17,000. The city of Berlin is located some 150 kilometres to the Northeast of Oschersleben.

The two WTCC rounds are each 14 laps long, representing a total distance of 51.74 kilometres. The first round will start on Sunday at 12:05hrs CEST (11:05hrs BST), the second at 15:50hrs CEST. The two races will be covered by both Eurosport on TV and in the World Wide Web at the official BMW Motorsport website, www.bmw- motorsport.com. On Saturday, from 17:00hrs, the BMW national team drivers will be available to the media for interviews in the BMW Hospitality.

-credit: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Alex Zanardi , Jorg Muller , Augusto Farfus , Felix Porteiro
Teams Sauber