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Mercedes team-mates confident for Brands.

As the DTM championship heads to the UK for the fourth round of the series at Brands Hatch, Mercedes team-mates are relishing the challenge of the Indy circuit in Kent, especially the team's British charger Jamie Green.

So far this season Green has claimed pole position in the opening two rounds at Hockenheim and the EuroSpeedway Lausitz and after a hard fought third place in the last race at Oschersleben, the HWA driver is looking forward to his home race.

"It's three years after my last race in the British Formula 3 Championship and this will be my first race in front of my home crowd," said Green, "I really look forward to this because the English spectators are particularly well informed and enthusiastic."

Green's team-mate Mika Hakkinen who is sitting joint fourth in the championship alongside Green with eleven points is aware that 82 laps of the short, tight Brands configuration will be a big test for the drivers.

"82 laps on such a short track will require maximum concentration for one hour and will be physically very demanding," admitted Hakkinen, "there are almost no straights where you could relax and I have I used the last six weeks since Oschersleben to prepare for Brands Hatch."

Meanwhile, the other two HWA Mercedes drivers Bruno Spengler and Bernd Schneider are equally aware of the prospect of some close racing at Brands, and the young Canadian Spengler will look to carry the momentum from his second place at Oschersleben.

"After ninth and fifth positions I finally made it to the podium," enthused Spengler, "I hope to continue this trend at Brands Hatch. However, with 20 cars on this short track it will be a close fought race."

Schneider, the three time DTM champion led the championship standings until Audi's Tom Kristensen triumphed at Oschersleben to lead Schneider by two points, and with two race wins this year, the German ace is looking to reclaim the championship lead in the UK.

"The handicap weight of the new C-Class compared to the 2006 Audi will be reduced from 20 to ten kilos," stated Schneider, "therefore I expect an exciting race. With a little luck I hope to regain the championship lead."


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Motorsport / DTM : 2. Lauf Lausitzring Eurospeedway 2006,  Bernd Schneider (Germany, Team Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) gewinnt das Rennen vor Tom Kristensen (DK, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline),
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Mika Hakkinen - AMG Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Motorsport / DTM : 2. Lauf Lausitzring Eurospeedway 2006,  Bernd Schneider (Germany, Team Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) gewinnt das Rennen vor Tom Kristensen (DK, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline),
copyright: ITR / Juergen Tap
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original Teile AMG-Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original Teile AMG-Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider celebrates alongside Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekstrom on the podium [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original Teile AMG-Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original Teile AMG-Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original Teile AMG-Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider holds Martin Tomczyk at bay for his first win of the season [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original Teile AMG-Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Bernd Schneider - Original-Teile AMG Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]

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