Did you actually know… | DTM
2005-09-01 15:03:03

Did you actually know…

Did you actually know…

…that Gary Paffett has secured a total of eight DTM wins in his career so far? One more win and he will be on the same level as Frank Biela (9) and one of the top-ten drivers regarding DTM wins.

…that Bernd Schneider took his 24th DTM pole position, at Zandvoort. The German is clear record holder, in this category, with Denmark’s former DTM ace, Kurt Thiim (16), holding second place. Mattias Ekström (eight poles) currently holds sixth position.

…that the Zandvoort round was the first since the one held at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz back in 2003 where all the three brands made it to the podium. At that time, Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz) clinched the win, with Peter Drumbeck (Opel) and Mattias Ekström (Audi) finishing second and third respectively.

…that the 77,000 travelling to Zandvoort for this year’s DTM round represent another new attendance record? Last year’s DTM weekend at the Dutch circuit attracted a 73,000 crowd.

…that it was the second time this year that Gary Paffett and Mattias Ekström took the chequered flag in this order? In round five, held at Oschersleben, the Briton also won, with his Swedish rival coming second.

…that the driver who set the fastest time in the qualifying session once again failed to gain the pole position? Gary Paffett (Brno) is the only driver who succeeded in doing so in the season so far.

…that former DTM driver Christijan Albers completed several fast Zandvoort laps, with his Formula 1 Minardi and thrilled the crowds by performing countless ‘donuts’? Yet, he didn’t succeed in beating Luca Badoer’s lap record.

…that Christian Abt is the best German driver regarding the drivers’ championship? Abt has scored 16 points and holds sixth position. At the same time, he is the best driver of a 2004 spec car.

…that Gary Paffett set a new DTM lap record, in the race? By lapping the circuit in 1:34.785 minutes, the Briton was clearly faster than Christijan Albers, who had set the previous DTM lap record (1:36.441 minutes) in 2004.

…that Bernd Schneider’s pole lap in the Super Pole was 1.321 seconds faster than Ekström’s (1:34.051 minutes) in 2004?

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