After the round at Valencia where Martin Tomczyk (Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM) raced to the top of the driver’s standings, the final round of the 2011 DTM will be held today at Hockenheim, a German town in northwest Baden-Württemberg, in the Upper Rhine valley.
Miguel Molina, driving a Red Bull Audi A4 DTM has secured the pole position. Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class) stands second and the inevitable 2011 DTM champion Martin Tomczyk will be third on the front row.
Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Klasse) of Canada who was the runaway points leader in the DTM series early in the season but lost the lead due to a damper failure in the Oschersleben race, qualified sixth whereas Mike Rockenfeller (E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM ) and Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi A4 DTM) took the fourth and fifth positions on the grid.
Ralf Schumacher (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Klasse) managed a 13th, David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Klasse) took 16th and Susie Wolff (remember Susie Stoddart? Yes, she’s married to Toto Wolff now. Congratulations Susie!) in the TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Klasse took 17th.
That was nice! It was really tight today, a nice way to close this year’s DTM season. After Valencia, making it into Q4 was a way of thanking my team. In the last qualifying segment it didn’t quite work out, I lost some time in the last turn. On top of that, I needed two laps in the third session. So my tires weren’t so fit anymore. Still, I’m pleased. I’ll be starting into the race alongside Mike (Rockenfeller), which is great. We’ll manage …” said Tomczyk.
David Coulthard on his 16th place, “I had hoped for more than 16th place in the final qualifying session of the season. Actually, I thought I had done enough to go through to the next stage in qualifying, since the balance of my C-Class was really good. In the cool conditions, however, getting the tyres up to temperature wasn’t easy.”
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