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Date 10/01/2013 Hits74,433

Category Motorsports

Farfus and Rockenfeller at eye level

Zandvoort/The Netherlands, September 28th, 2013 - Augusto Farfus keeps the DTM championship, the most popular international touring car series, on the boil. The 30-year old was only beaten by his brand colleague Marco Wittmann in Saturday's qualifying on the dune course in Zandvoort and will start from P2 on the grid on Sunday.

In the overall standings the Brasilian is 33 points behind front runner Mike Rockenfeller and must gain at least eight points on the Audi driver to have any chance of winning the title in the last DTM race at the Hockenheimring. However, this should prove to be a very difficult task, as the championship leader will start from third place with his opponent clearly in his sights. If the race on Sunday were to finish as it started from the grid, Mike Rockenfeller would become DTM champion prematurely. Timo Scheider (Audi) finished his qualifying laps to gain fourth position on the grid and the best Mercedes-Benz driver was Gary Paffett in twelfth position.

"The conditions in Zandvoort were difficult as expected but the Hankook Ventus Race met all the challenges it was faced with", is how Hankook's DTM racing engineer Christophe Stuck sums it up. "For the teams it was important to reach the optimum target tyre pressure during the qualifying. The weather conditions will be decisive for how the option tyres perform on Sunday - the less wind there is and the higher the track temperature, the lower the drop-off for the Ventus Race Plus during the race."

Marco Wittmann (BMW): "Finally I got my first pole. To start the race from P1 is an unbelievable feeling. Thanks to Hankook's option tyres, driving was really fun as it is almost a second faster per lap than the standard tyres. It's important to find a compromise between driving fast and reducing wear since Zandvoort makes very high demands on the tyres. I'm hoping to end up on the podium."

Augusto Farfus (BMW): "Zandvoort is a very special course and the toughest one for the tyres. Our car was very good - again, just like the Hankook tyres. In the race we'll have to see how long the option tyres can go. The sand on the track affected grip very much today, but the car is set up really well."

Mike Rockenfeller (Audi): "My grid position is okay, but I hope that we'll be closer to BMW in the race, otherwise things may get difficult. The Hankook option tyre also worked very well for BMW in Oschersleben. So I'm not expecting a massive advantage for us tomorrow."


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