Audi driver Martin Tomczyk celebrated his first pole position of the year at the MotoPark Oschersleben today [Saturday].

The 22-year-old clocked a 1 minute 20.752 seconds in the superpole session, around a tenth quicker than his nearest rival. It represents the second pole position of the German's DTM career after Zolder in 2002.

"Up to now it's not only been a good qualifying but also a good weekend overall," he noted. "My Audi A4 handled well from the onset. I'm of course exceedingly satisfied with the result, especially given that I managed to lap my fastest time of the weekend right there in the super pole.

"However, it was very difficult notching up a perfect round today as there was sand lying on the course in parts."

Audi team-mate Tom Kristensen meanwhile will start Sunday's seventh championship race from second position, after he posted a 1m 20.828s.

"In order to be really fast on this circuit you've virtually got to 'ram' your car into the turns and drive very hard over the kerbs," commented Kristensen. "But that also means that the car then gets very restless.

"The MotoPark is the only circuit in the whole calendar where I've already driven before. I'm pleased with my best position in the starting grid this year and am very confident about tomorrow."

Audi motorsport director, Dr Wolfgang Ullrich was also happy.

"All three makes were strong today," he added. "I'm of course very pleased to have two cars in the first start row. Martin Tomczyk has been fast all weekend. Mattias Ekstr?m has improved, but he had difficulties with the grip at the end of the super pole. The track is very demanding. No driver was able to pull off two equal laps one after the other here."

Gary Paffett, winner of the last race on the Nurburgring, just managed to secure third place by two thousandths of a second ahead of fellow Mercedes team-mate Bernd Schneider.

"My lap wasn't perfect," said the Brit, "there were a few errors. Although the third start place is okay, the pole position would also have been possible with my C-class. The race will definitely be tough. And I think that the pit stops will play a major role, especially in respect to whether one gets stuck in traffic after a pit stop."

Manuel Reuter was the fastest Opel driver in the super pole, steering his Opel Vectra GTS V8 into fifth.

"I'm pleased with my best start place of the season," noted Reuter. "I've had a new engineer since the last three races and things have definitely improved since then. I was the fastest yesterday, and our cars were also very good over the distance - in other words during the so-called long runs. That's why I'm convinced that we'll be in with a big chance in the race. The race will certainly be very exhausting due to the heat."

Christijan Albers, second in the overall standings, starts the race in sixth position - one berth ahead of championship leader Mattias Ekstr?m. Opel drivers Peter Dumbreck, Laurent Aiello and Timo Scheider captured the remaining slots in the top 10.

Former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen was unable to compete in qualifying due to a bowel infection, but hopes to be fit again for tomorrow's race.


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