1 January 1901
DTM Preview: EuroSpeedway Lausitz.
Fresh from his dominant win in the first round of the German Touring Car Championship at Hockenheim earlier this month, Mercedes' victor Bernd Schneider will head into this weekend's second round at the shortened 3.44km EuroSpeedway Lausitz with a slight weight problem.
Alongside Schneider, his HWA team mates Jamie Green, Mika Hakkinen and Bruno Spengler will also suffer the five kilogram weight penalty whereas the Audi squad, desperate to deny Mercedes, will have five kilograms removed handing them the advantage in the bulk stakes.
In the build up to Sunday's race near Dresden, Germany, Schneider is confident of success despite the additional weight, and hopes to make it a hat-trick of wins at the EuroSpeedway.
"After two race wins at the Lausitzring I aim for victory number three," said the former champion, "weight handicap will make it quite a challenge."
Britain's Jamie Green meanwhile alluded to his frustrating start in Hockenheim where he claimed pole before spinning on the warm up lap due to electrical problems and retiring early on.
"I have already three pole positions, but no victory," sighed Green, "maybe I should try a different grid position!"
Meanwhile, fellow Mercedes challenger Hakkinen, who goes well at the circuit deep in the former GDR, is hoping to continue his rich seam of form there.
The Double Formula One World Champion hinted that a strong qualifying run on Saturday could hold the key to Sunday's race for the Finn. "One year ago, I claimed my first DTM podium finish here. This time I want more, but to achieve this I have to qualify better than in Hockenheim."
Norbert Haug, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport admitted the weight gain will cause an issue for his cars, but cites past form as possibly negating the effect.
"It will be more difficult for us than in Hockenheim,” he said, "due to the handicap weight. However, last year we won here with the same weight gap and nothing but winning is our target again."
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