Saturday, 04 September 2010 07:43
DTM report and quotes - Title defender Timo Scheider as the best Audi driver will start from position three at the DTM’s UK round at Brands Hatch while all five Audi A4 DTM cars from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline will go into the race from the first five rows.
For the third consecutive time Scheider was the quickest Audi driver on the 1.929 kilometre circuit which is the shortest one in the DTM.
"I was aiming for the two front rows, and that’s where I am," said the 31 year old after qualifying on the demanding track on the outskirts of London where he clinched the pole position in 2008 and second place on the grid in 2009.
"On new tires my Audi A4 was very good, but not completely perfect in the last segment. I’ll give everything tomorrow to make the best of what is another good qualifying result."
Scheider’s team colleagues Mattias Ekström, Oliver Jarvis, Miguel Molina and Martin Tomczyk achieved grid positions six, seven, eight and ten. Ekström had a minor modification made to his Audi A4 DTM between the second and third qualifying segments which didn’t produce the desired result, though.
"I didn’t manage to get the front tires to work properly in Q3," commented the Swede.
"Unfortunately, with Timo (Scheider) we’ve just got one driver in the top four on the grid and we know how difficult overtaking is at Brands Hatch," said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
"But on a positive note, we’ve had a very good race simulation here in free practice, particularly with Timo. So we should be in a good position for the race which, with 98 laps, is extremely long. The strategy, too, is very important on this short circuit."
The starting order for the seventh DTM race of the year promises particularly high suspense, seven of the nine rows are shared by an Audi A4 DTM and a Mercedes C-Class, respectively.
DTM rookie Miguel Molina will again start into the race as the best driver of a 2008 specification vehicle, Molina immediately handled the difficult Brands Hatch circuit well and secured eighth place on the grid.
Alexandre Prémat and Mike Rockenfeller will start from positions eleven and 13 for Audi Sport Team Phoenix and Katherine Legge (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) again won the ladies’ duel against Susie Stoddart, just barely missing the leap into the second qualifying segment at her home round by one thousandth of a second.
Her team colleague Markus Winkelhock had to settle for grid position 18.
Timo Scheider (GW:plus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM #1), grid position 3:
"I’m very pleased with position three. Especially for me personally it was important to show that my performance in qualifying at Zandvoort wasn’t a nine days’ wonder. I managed to do this. But for us it’s about beating Mercedes. They were a bit stronger today. Now I’m banking on our performance over the long run, which was very good in practice on Friday. Then we’ll see how we can convert this on Sunday.”
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #5), grid position 6:
"My last trial was basically very good, but we were simply not quick enough. We didn’t manage to get the best performance out of the tires. And if that’s the case you’re simply not on one of the front rows in the DTM.”
Oliver Jarvis (Tabac Original Audi A4 DTM #2), grid position 7:
"Things were looking pretty good up to the third qualifying, and then I was struggling with a tendency toward understeer. I made a mistake as well and we lost two tenths. I’m hoping for a good race on Sunday in which I’ll be able to make up a few positions.”
Miguel Molina (Audi Bank A4 DTM #18), grid position 8:
"The first and the second qualifying went very well. In the third qualifying I no longer managed a good lap. The car was good but I wanted to change something about my driving style. Tomorrow will be about gathering as many points and as much experience as possible.”
Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Cola Audi A4 DTM #6), grid position 10:
"At Brands Hatch we experienced a difficult qualifying. There were no particular phenomena for me to complain about. Looking at the factors car, team and driver I’ve got say that I was simply too slow.”
Alexandre Prémat (TV Movie Audi A4 DTM #9), grid position 11:
"Qualifying on this track with the narrow time gaps is always very difficult. Although I only finished in eleventh place our times weren’t really far away for our car to have taken a place among the top eight. Unfortunately, there was some gravel on the track on my last lap. Consequently, I was struggling with under and oversteer and lost two or three tenths, which prevented me making it into Q3. But, starting from position eleven means that a result in the points is still basically possible.”
Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM #10), grid position 13:
"I had zero grip. It was totally difficult. I think the times show that. Something isn’t right. On the first laps the tire doesn’t provide any grip whatsoever. It’s very frustrating when there’s nothing you can do. You give everything, but more than that just isn’t possible.”
Katherine Legge (Glamour Audi A4 DTM #15), grid position 15:
"Unfortunately, I’ve not been out on the track enough so far this weekend. In the end, I was lacking one thousandth to make it into the second qualifying. In that case it would have been possible to fight with ‘Rocky’ and Prémat. But unfortunately it wasn’t enough for that. Still, I’ve got a more positive feeling after the qualifying than I did after the previous practice sessions this weekend. Now, we’ve got to move forward in the race.”
Markus Winkelhock (Playboy/GW:plus Audi A4 DTM #14), grid position 18:
"I normally hesitate to say that a car is not drivable. But today it was extremely difficult. I wasn’t able to get along at all after things had actually not been that bad in free practice. Even then the car tended to oversteer, but it was still controllable. There are about two or three courage corners here and that’s where I was really in awe of the car. More than that wasn’t possible.”
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport):
"Unfortunately, we again only managed to put one of our cars into the top four. Timo (Scheider) confirmed his good performance from Zandvoort and is again our best driver. In the most recent races we unfortunately had two poor starts from the pole position. I think the motivation to make a good start here is particularly high. Maybe we’ll be able to grab a couple of positions at the start. We had a very good performance on Friday across long runs. We’ll try and repeat this in the race.”
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