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Date 07/13/2013 Hits73,243

Category Motorsports

Pole for Robert Wickens - two Canadians on the front row

Nuremberg/Germany, July 12th, 2013 -Nuremberg/Germany, July 13th, 2013 - Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) surprisingly came secured P1 in qualifying at the Norisring, celebrating the maiden pole position in his DTM career. In the fourth and final qualifying heat, the Canadian set the fastest time of 48.384 seconds and ended up ahead of his second-placed fellow Canadian Bruno Spengler, making it an all-Canadian front row for the Norisring starting grid.

Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett who had scored his first win of the season at the Lausitzring four weeks ago will start from third place and thus has the chance to reduce his gap in the drivers’ standings tomorrow. In fourth place, Edoardo Mortara emerged as best-placed Audi driver ahead of DTM rookie Pascal Wehrlein in fifth, who just missed out on making it into the final qualifying heat with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe by 17 thousandths of a second.

Mike Rockenfeller, who is jointly in the lead of the drivers’ standings together with Spengler, already retired after the first qualifying heat and will start the race from 19th place. His fellow Audi driver Jamie Green, considered as ‘king of the Norisring’ with four previous wins only ended up 14th today and is likely to have a hard time to score his fifth success at the legendary street circuit in tomorrow’s race.

Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz): “It will be exciting tomorrow, races at the Norisring are always crazy. Starting from first place is nice, but it doesn’t mean that you also finish first. In qualifying, the Hankook tyres were very good and I am confident that in the race, they will be working as well as ever.”

Bruno Spengler (BMW): “The Hankook tyre was very good. In spite of the high temperatures and the many bumps, we had a lot of grip and the tyre was incredibly consistent in every heat. For us as the drivers, who are on the limit, that is very important. As usual, the question is for how long the option tyre will allow for fast lap times. I am expecting some surprises during the race.”

Edoardo Mortara (Audi): “For us, qualifying was good, the set-up of the car was all right, but it was more for the race. In the first few laps, we had some difficulties to set fast lap times, but we are confident that things will be better in the race. For Audi, the option tyre has always worked very well. I hope it will be like that tomorrow again.”


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