Oschersleben, May 21, 2006
Green had qualified second, nine thousandths of a second behind Kristensen’s pole position. At the start Green lost one place to Spengler. Häkkinen dropped from fourth to fifth and Schneider from sixth to ninth.
On lap two, Schneider overtook Alexandros Margaritis (Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class) and was eighth behind Martin Tomczyk (Audi). On lap six, both came into the pits for their first stops and resumed in reverse order. One lap later, Schneider got stuck behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Audi) but was not able to pass.
Spengler and Green made their first pit stops on lap 14 and accelerated back on the track behind Kristensen. Häkkinen pitted on lap 16.
When Kristensen came in for his second stop on lap 18 he was immediately followed by Spengler. Now Margaritis was in the lead ahead of Jean Alesi (stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class) and Stefan Mücke (TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class), who still had to make their first stops.
The next pit stops: Schneider on lap 19, Green on 20 and Häkkinen on 21. On lap 33, all drivers had completed their pit stops and Kristensen was in the lead ahead of Spengler, Green and Margaritis. Schneider was sixth behind Frentzen.
The leading three set almost identical lap times. On lap 40, Margaritis slowed because the left rear wheel stud came loose after his second pit stop. He resumed after a short stop but retired two laps later.
After 44 laps, Kristensen won ahead of Spengler who achieved his first DTM podium. Green came home third and Schneider fifth with Alesi and Häkkinen in eighth and ninth positions respectively.
Bruno Spengler, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2006, second: “I made a very good start, but it was not enough to catch Tom Kristensen. At Oschersleben it is particularly important not to make any mistakes and today I didn’t. I’m very happy about my first DTM podium.”
Jamie Green, Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2006, third: “I’m quite satisfied with my third-place finish. Unfortunately I didn’t start so well, therefore Bruno was able to pass me. He didn’t make any mistakes and I wasn’t able to overtake him.”
Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2006, fifth: “I lost three positions at the start, but then the race was OK. Our first pit stop was perfect, but during my second stop the engine stalled. Therefore I wasn’t able to pass Heinz-Harald Frentzen and this was it.”
Jean Alesi, stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2005, eigth: “A great race for me and the team. After the disappointing qualifying we had a good balance and strategy and consequently a good speed. I’m satisfied to have scored a point after starting 14th on the grid.”
Mika Häkkinen, AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2006, ninth: “I am very disappointed. I didn’t find a good speed with my car and we don’t know the reason for this performance yet. I was not able to attack and to overtake. Leaving without points is always annoying.”
Daniel la Rosa, TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2005, 11th: “Unfortunately I lost some positions at the start, but afterwards my race was quite OK. There was no way to overtake Stefan.”
Stefan Mücke, TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2005, 12th: “Starting 16th I was not able to achieve more, because overtaking is very difficult here. With my first two sets of tyres I didn’t have a good balance, but with my third set it was better. Then it was too late to improve my result.”
Susie Stoddart, AutoScout24 AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2004, 15th: “It was a bad start but a good race. In the end the tyres faded, but still I have learned a lot and it was great to drive.”
Mathias Lauda, Second Hand AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2004, 16th:
“I lost time on the opening lap when Timo Scheider spun in front of me and I had to drive through the grass to avoid him. It’s a shame, because I started well and my lap times were OK.”
Alexandros Margaritis, Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class 2005, retired: “This was the race of my life. My team did a perfect job all weekend and gave me perfect car. It’s a shame that I retired to a loose rear wheel stud.”
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
“We had expected a difficult race; however, despite the weight handicap we performed well and ended up in the points with four cars. Congratulations to Tom Kristensen and Abt-Audi on a hard fought victory. After two wins in a row, Bernd Schneider had not an optimum race today. He lost positions at the start and during his second pit stop the engine stalled, therefore he got stuck behind Frentzen. It’s a shame for Alexandros Margaritis who drove a first-class race and posted the second fastest lap of the race. He retired from fourth place because the left rear wheel stud came loose after his second pit stop.”