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Bruno Spengler claims pole position and then loses it
Oschersleben/Germany, September 14th, 2013 - Bruno Spengler's run of bad luck simply won't let up. After two races earning him zero points and 39 points behind the leader, the BMW driver took pole position in the qualifying in the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena. Everything was set for a great catch-up show for the Canadian at the 400th DTM race on Sunday. An unfortunate error probably wrecked all Spengler's hopes of defending the title. The 30-year old was moved down to sixth place on the starting grid by the racing officials for using wrongly marked tyres even though this mistake did not give him the slightest performance edge on the competition.
This decision propelled the second-placed Jamie Green (Audi) to pole position with Augusto Farfus (BMW) next to him in the first row on the grid. Overall leader Mike Rockenfeller in third place can head into relaxed eighth race of the season in Oschersleben since both his main competitors ended up with poor positions. Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) who is currently second in the championship and 35 points behind the Audi pilot, will only start off from 20th position. His brand colleage Robert Wickens managed a little better taking 11th position on the starting grid. Wickens, in third position overall, left the pits too late in Q3 and had no chance of making a fast run as it had begun to rain slightly.
Jamie Green (Audi): "The light rain reduced tyre grip on the wet track, but that was the same for all drivers. And for me the track was mainly dry. I'm hoping it will be dry tomorrow and I think my first victory for Audi is within reach."
Augusto Farfus (BMW): "The Hankook tyres performed outstandingly in these difficult conditions and were very fast and consistent in spite of the slippery track. No matter whether it's hot or cold, the Hankook slicks are unbelievably stable, fast and good in all conditions."