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Schneider: I didn`t know Martin was leading!

Bernd Schneider admits he was surprised to come away with victory in the fourth DTM round of the season at Brands Hatch, the German earning the win from sixth on the grid courtesy of a perfect race strategy.

Although hardly a stranger to the top of the podium, the multiple champion had nonetheless barely featured as a front runner through the weekend, but hinted at his pace during morning warm-up when he emerged with the fastest time.

Even so, Schneider had to produce something special on a circuit that offered up precious few overtaking opportunities and, together with his Mercedes crew, duly did so by entering the pit lane after just a handful of laps for a new set of tyres.

Pumping in a series of strong laps, Schneider – fifth after the first lap – was effectively up to third when Alex Premat and Mika Hakkinen made their stop and re-emerged behind the German.

Although he fell behind Hakkinen again during the second round of stops, Schneider's fresher tyres in the latter stages of the race saw the Finn concede the place to his team-mate, allowing him then to leapfrog a late stopping Bruno Spengler and Mattias Ekstrom too.

Up to second, Schneider went on to edge Martin Tomczyk coming out of the pit lane to take the lead of the race for the first time on lap 62 and go on to hold off his countryman to the chequered flag for his first win of the season.

“After the first tyre change,” the reigning champion told Crash.net Radio, “he was quicker than I was when he was behind me but when I made my second stop it was the other way around, which put me off a bit..

“At this stage, we did not know whether or not to let me by because we didn't know how the race would go. Then he started having problems and he was slowing down so he let me by and I was able to keep the Audis behind me.

Indeed, Schneider reveals he did not believe he would be able to win from sixth on the grid, not least because the Brands Hatch circuit had shown itself to be very difficult to pass on.



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