EuroSpeedway Lausitz: the analysis - part 2
78,000 spectators came to the EuroSpeedway Lausitz for the second round of the 2005 DTM season and witnessed several great performances, during the course of the 48 laps: pole-sitter Gary Paffett, who lost his lead only twice – during the pit stops; Mika Häkkinen, who clinched a podium finish in his only second DTM race; three 2004 spec car drivers - Pierre Kaffer, Frank Stippler and Stefan Mücke – who succeeded in scoring points. We have checked the performances of teams and drivers and assigned grades from 1 to 6.
Rinaldo Capello: ‘Dindo’ was 16th on the grid and was hampered by a massive understeer. His third DTM race turned out to be a relatively unobtrusive one.
Martin Tomczyk: Experienced a close encounter with Bernd Schneider in lap one. Due to the puncture caused by this incident, the Rosenheim based driver had to make an additional pit stop. Following his ninth place in the Super Pole, he was expected to be able to secure a better result.
Marcel Fässler: The Swiss was the best placed Opel Vectra GTS V8 driver on the grid but didn’t meet the expectations. A poor start and a collision with Allan McNish cost him his chance of clinching a better result. Just as it had been the case in Hockenheim, the fast Swiss could have scored points hadn’t he spun.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen: Once again, the racer from Mönchengladbach endured an unobtrusive race weekend. He qualified 17th and at the end of the race, he had to settle for 14th place. He also was hampered by a shut wheel nut (right rear wheel) that cost him some 20 seconds, during his first pit stop. “But I won’t allow this bad luck to discourage me and will continue to work hard for a better result in Spa-Francorchamps.”
Bruno Spengler: The Franco-Canadian seemed to be on the way to secure sixth place and three points – but in the very last lap, he was forced into retirement by a suspension failure. Prior to this incident, the climber from the Formula 3 Euro Series delivered a good performance.
Manuel Reuter: Manuel Reuter struggled due to a badly balanced car, and in lap 27, he went off and stranded in the gravel. Some time later he was salvaged and continued but experienced a race without any highlights. From 15th grid position, he finished 16th.
Bernd Schneider: In the qualifying session and the Super Pole, things went fine and Schneider qualified for fifth grid position. The race, however, turned out to be a different affair. According to Schneider, his car suffered from a lack of top speed, and in lap 39 he retired.
Allan McNish: In his 2005 spec Audi A4 DTM, the Scotsman qualified 13th, thus failing to meet the expectations, already in the qualifying session. In the race he was forced into an early retirement after the collision with Marcel Fässler in lap 23.
Alexandros Margaritis: Had to settle for 19th position in the qualifying session. In the very first lap of the race, he collided with his team-mate, Stefan Mücke, and had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop. Retired in lap 20 due to his right front tyre abrading in the fender – a damage that couldn’t be repaired.
Jamie Green: Together with Gary Paffett, he had been on the first row of the grid, but lost his second place already before entering turn one. Up to his retirement in lap 12, the rookie was involved in a spectacular battle with Ekström. But then, Ekström hit the rear of Green’s car, thus pushing the Briton off track and forcing him into retirement.