A1 Team Germany collected seven points in its home race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz after Timo Scheider finished in fifth and tenth positions in Sunday's two races.

As a result, the team, managed by Willi Weber, improved six positions to tenth overall among the field of 24 nations.

On a high-spirited motorsport weekend despite the disappointing attendance, a problematic pit stop thwarted a potential podium run for Scheider in the feature race after a feisty performance by the home nation in both races.

After Scheider qualified on the third row with fifth fastest time in Saturday's aggregate qualifying session he survived an assault by the Portuguese entry on the opening turn of the sprint race to make an early move on Malaysia's Alex Yoong and claim fifth spot in the 18-lap opener.

After the standing start to the 35 lap main race, Scheider snatched fourth place on the second lap. Following A1 Team Brazil's early pit stop, he ran in third place for six laps. However the Germans lost 15 positions during the mandatory tyre change when the rear-right wheel nut could not be loosened.

The ensuing fight back ended in tenth position for A1 Team Germany after a breath-taking duel with the Portuguese team.

"When compared with the opening race of the season in Great Britain, A1 Team Germany demonstrated with fifth position that it is on the up and up in qualifying and in the sprint race," commented Scheider afterwards. "The main race also started off very well, since we were among the fastest four teams who pulled easily away from the pack. That's why I'm bitterly disappointed that the team was deprived of a good result because of the pit-stop."

"The basic upward trend is obviously a positive signal," added Weber. "Tenth position in the main race is however disappointing particularly as A1 Team Germany had planned to finish at the sharp end in its home race. During the opening stages of the race this was more than possible. Unfortunately a problem with a wheel nut put paid to any chances."

 

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