BMW aims at claiming further victories in Oschersleben. Munich, 29th May 2006. For rounds seven and eight of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the BMW national teams are returning to a traditionally successful location. During the...
BMW aims at claiming further victories in Oschersleben.
Munich, 29th May 2006. For rounds seven and eight of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the BMW national teams are returning to a traditionally successful location. During the last eight races in the "Motorsport Arena Oschersleben", a BMW driver was able to claim victory seven times.
Last year, Andy Priaulx (GBR) of BMW Team UK secured victory in the first race. In race two, BMW Team Italy-Spain driver Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) provided emotional moments when he won the first race since his accident in 2001, in which he lost both legs. The 39-year-old will enter the races in Oschersleben without additional weights - jut like his team-mate Marcel Costa (ESP).
Following two difficult races in Brands Hatch, Priaulx, as well as the two drivers of BMW Team Germany, Jorg Muller (GER) and Dirk Muller (GER), are hoping to be able to benefit form the fact that they will compete with less handicap weight on board. Priaulx is forced to load an additional ballast of 50 kilograms, Jorg Muller needs to take 25 kilograms on board of his BMW 320si WTCC, and Dirk Muller 20 kilograms.
While local hero Priaulx was at the centre of the fan interest in Brands Hatch, particularly the drivers of BMW Team Germany are now looking forward to their home event in Oschersleben.
Dirk Muller (BMW Team Germany):
"I'm really looking forward to the only World Touring Car Championship races in Germany. The track is interesting and offers some technical sections that you simply need to know. I like Oschersleben. It is important to find a good compromise in terms of car set-up here. There are many different types of corners, and you need to have the correct balance everywhere. The few kerbs you are forced to cross in Oschersleben are a hazard and need to be taken into consideration for the set-up."
Jorg Muller (BMW Team Germany):
"Overall, the Motorsport Arena is one of the slower tracks on the race calendar. Most important is a good mechanical grip, particularly under partial loads, as for instance in the 180-degree corners. Additionally, the car has to be able to cross the kerbs quickly. I was able to win in Oschersleben in 2003. However, past successes are useless in this extremely close field of drivers in the championship. The really nice part is to be able to compete in front of a home crowd again. My family and many friends will be on site to support me. That is a great feeling."
Charly Lamm (Team Manager BMW Team Germany):
"In Oschersleben, 14 diversified corners and two short straights, where good acceleration is crucial, await the drivers. Absolute concentration is a must in the cockpit. During the home event of BMW, especially our BMW Team Germany will give its all to improve our position in the World Championship."