Heinz-Harald Frentzen is eyeing up a maiden win in the DTM having secured his first ever pole position during qualifying for the 2006 season finale at Hockenheim with a surprise last gasp effort.
Coming to the end of his third season in the DTM, Frentzen has shown an upturn in form since switching from the outgoing Opel to the works Audi squad, with his two podiums at the Hockenheim season opener and at Barcelona helping him towards sixth in the standings.
Sitting just a point behind former Formula One rival Mika Hakkinen, Frentzen is hoping he can now translate his debut pole position into a maiden win, as well as overhaul the Finn.
“I am very happy with my first pole-position,” he said. “I can hardly describe my feelings and I am very surprised with the result. Here, being on pole is quite important. I am curious to see whether we can get a similarly good result tomorrow.
Indeed, Frentzen was lucky to have even qualified in the top ten after only just scraping through the first knockout session by a mere 0.001secs, before eventually finding an ideal set-up and a clean stretch of circuit to a hook a lap good enough to beat Bruno Spengler. His pole is all the more surprising at Hockenheim is a traditional Mercedes stronghold
“In the first qualifying session, we were having a few problems. Fortunately, we have made the right changes to the set-up, so everything was all right in the end.”