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Date 19/06/2011 Hits78,459

Category Motorsports

Bruno Spengler claims pole position

Bruno Spengler claims pole position

- Last year’s winner on top in Lausitzring qualifying

- Hankook tyre convinces at all parts of the track with huge traction and grip

Klettwitz/Germany, June 18th, 2011 - At the Lausitzring, Mercedes-Benz driver Bruno Spengler is a class of his own. In qualifying for the fourth DTM round of the season, the winner of last year’s race and the points’ leader set the fastest lap time of 1:19.119 minutes and thus secured himself his third pole position of the season. With a time of 1:19.524 minutes, his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green will be starting from second place on the grid at the 3.478 kilometres long track on Sunday. Mattias Ekstrom ended up third in qualifying and thus was the best-placed Audi driver ahead of his fellow Audi driver Martin Tomczyk, who won the previous race in Spielberg a fortnight ago.

Seventh in qualifying, Tom Kristensen made a successful DTM comeback. With his Audi A4 DTM, the Dane had come in to replace Mike Rockenfeller at short notice, the German taking a break from racing due to a slight concussion following his accident at Le Mans. Second in the previous race, Ralf Schumacher had to take in a setback. At the Lausitzring, the Mercedes-Benz driver failed to do any better than 17th place on the grid.

The Hankook tyres showed a particularly strong performance. In the slower infield section, the Ventus F200 provided the necessary traction for quick accelerating out of the corners. And also on the fine asphalt of the Lausitzring, the slick built up enough grip for the top-speed sections. The high quality and the consistency of all the Hankook tyres was also mirrored by the fact that the first and the last driver in the first qualifying heat were just a little bit over one second apart.

Bruno Spengler: “I am very happy with this pole position at Lausitz. I have to thank Hankook. The tyres were all equally good, I was also able to drive very quickly, to push and to attack with the used ones in the fourth qualifying heat. Mercedes-Benz has always been very strong at Lausitz, but we have to wait and see tomorrow how the race develops.”

Mattias Ekstrom: “Mercedes has been very strong here in recent years. When we want to beat them, we have to deliver a special performance in the race. When we have normal or light rain tomorrow, that is no problem, because in that case, the Hankook rain tyres work perfectly and I am feeling really well. One can put in the maximum performance during every lap and that is just fun.”

Tom Kristensen: “I have little experience with the new Hankook tyres, but so far, I have a positive impression. They provide a large window in which you can work and they are giving good feedback in every situation. I am curious how the tyre behaves on the distance, but already now, I can say: they seem to fit the DTM really well.”



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