Mike Rockenfeller in a Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix missed a stick position on a short, 1.929-kilometer competition lane on a hinterland of London by usually 0.035 seconds. After his stick position in a 2011 deteriorate and grid position 4 final year, a 2010 Le Mans leader is so entering a British DTM spin as a best Audi motorist for a third time in succession.
“In perspective of a slight time gaps, this morning we was still observant that anything’s possible: a front or a final quarrel on a grid,” commented Mike Rockenfeller. “Fortunately, it incited out to be a front quarrel – that’s good. Naturally, I’d have favourite to be on stick yet I’m going to try and spin this around tomorrow, to win a start and to finish a competition in initial place as well.”
In a morning’s giveaway practice, in that a whole domain had been using within reduction than 6 tenths of a second, a German had been a second-quickest. In any of a 4 subordinate segments, he posted fastest times right in a commencement and was one of a few drivers to make it into Q2 on usually one set of tires. In a essential fourth section, ‘Rocky’ was usually bumped to position dual by BMW motorist Martin Tomczyk during a really end.
In total, 4 Audi RS 5 DTM cars will be on a initial 5 rows on Sunday. Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM/Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) missed a jump into Q4 in sixth place by a razor-thin domain of 15 thousandths of a second. Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM/Audi Sport Team Rosberg) in Q3, after dual clever initial sectors, done a mistake in a finish spin and had to settle for grid position nine. On his favorite track, Miguel Molina, in Q2, set a day’s best time of 41.085 seconds, that he subsequently did not grasp again himself though. On Sunday, a Spaniard will be starting a competition alongside Mortara from a fifth quarrel of a grid.
Mattias Ekström took 13th place after carrying mislaid profitable time in a pits during a morning’s giveaway use event on comment of repairs to a front splitter of his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM and was no longer means to find a purify path in Q2. Adrien Tambay shop-worn his Audi RS 5 DTM, that had been totally rebuilt after a glow during Hockenheim, by slipping in Q1. The Frenchman will start from position 16.
Extreme set-back was suffered by Jamie Green (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM). At his home race, a Briton was separated in 18th place right in Q1, after carrying been blocked twice by rivals and being means to tackle his final lap, that would have changed him brazen to sixth place, usually a tenth of a second after a mottled dwindle was dropped. Filipe Albuquerque in a Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM will start from position 19.
“That was a standard Brands Hatch subordinate event with intensely slight time gaps,” pronounced Dieter Gass, Head of DTM during Audi Sport. “Mike (Rockenfeller) was really clever currently right from a commencement and usually missed a stick position by 35 thousandths. Obviously, we’d be happier if we’d have taken stick as we did during Hockenheim. But on a whole, we’re not unfortunate with 4 of a cars being on a 5 front rows of a grid. Tomorrow, we’ll be in for a prolonged competition with 98 laps in that anything’s possible.”
The competition during Brands Hatch starts during 12:30 internal time (13:30 CEST). ARD starts to broadast live on “Das Erste” during 13:15.
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