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    DTM: Audi kommt als Spitzenreiter nach BarcelonaDTM: Audi going to Barcelona as the leader

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    Es wird ernst in der DTM: Mit dem Rennen in Barcelona (Spanien) beginnt am 20. September die entscheidende Phase im Titelkampf der populärsten internationalen Tourenwagen-Rennserie. Noch neun Fahrer haben theoretische Chancen auf den Gesamtsieg. Die besten Karten im Titelpoker hat dabei Audi.

    Mit Timo Scheider und Mattias Ekström liegen vor den drei letzten Rennen der Saison zwei Audi Piloten an der Tabellenspitze, die wissen, wie man die DTM gewinnt: Scheider wurde im vergangenen Jahr Meister, Ekström 2004 und 2007. Beide haben einen klaren Auftrag: Sie sollen den prestigeträchtigen Titel erneut nach Ingolstadt und Neckarsulm holen. Es wäre der insgesamt siebte für die Marke mit den vier Ringen. Zudem wäre Audi der erste Automobilhersteller der Geschichte, der die DTM-Krone zum dritten Mal in Folge gewinnt.

    Rein rechnerisch können noch neun Fahrer Meister werden. Realistisch betrachtet reduziert sich der Kreis der Titelkandidaten jedoch auf sechs Piloten: Zunächst Scheider (43 Punkte), Ekström (38) und Gary Paffett (34), der als bester Mercedes-Fahrer auf dem dritten Tabellenrang liegt. Auch Paul Di Resta (29), Bruno Spengler (29) und Martin Tomczyk (27) dürfen sich noch Außenseiterchancen ausrechnen. Dafür müssten aber alle drei Favoriten in Barcelona straucheln.

    Die DTM gastiert 2009 bereits zum vierten Mal auf dem Circuit de Catalunya, der drittkürzesten Strecke im DTM-Kalender (2,977 Kilometer Länge)

    Der Zeitplan der DTM in Barcelona

    Freitag, 18. September 2009
    17:20 – 17:50 Uhr Roll-out

    Samstag, 19. September 2009
    08:45 – 11:15 Uhr Freies Training
    13:35 – 14:28 Uhr Qualifying

    Sonntag, 20. September 2009
    09:35 – 10:05 Uhr Warm-up
    14:03 Uhr RennenThe situation in the DTM is coming to a head: The race at Barcelona (Spain) on September 20 kicks off the crucial phase of the fight for the title in the most popular international touring car racing series. Nine drivers still have theoretical chances of achieving overall victory – and Audi is the brand with the best prospects in the title gamble.

    Before the last three races of the season two Audi drivers – Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström – who know how to win the DTM are ranking at the top of the standings: Scheider became the champion last year, Ekström did in 2004 and 2007. Both racers have received clear marching orders: to again bring the prestigious title home to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. It would be the seventh for the brand with the four rings. In addition, Audi would be the first automobile manufacturer in history to win the DTM crown for the third consecutive time.

    Theoretically, as many as nine drivers could still become champion based on the point scores. Realistically, though, the circle of candidates for the title is reduced to six: First of all Scheider (43 points), Ekström (38) and Gary Paffett (34), who, as the best Mercedes driver, is ranking third in the standings. Paul Di Resta (29), Bruno Spengler (29) and Martin Tomczyk (27) also still have outsider’s chances, but only if all three favourites fail to score at Barcelona.

    This possibility can never be ruled out in the DTM, though, particularly since the contenders are now increasingly fighting with no holds barred, as Brands Hatch most recently showed. And although Barcelona’s DTM history is still relatively brief, it has been a turbulent one marked by collisions, penalties and trouble.

    Accordingly, fans can look forward to another exciting DTM race to which Audi goes with a small advantage: Due to the results at Brands Hatch the current Audi A4 DTM cars are ten kilograms lighter than the 2009-spec cars of their rivals. And on the just 2.977-kilometer version of the Circuit de Catalunya the smallest detail counts.

    The driver of the Audi squad who has the fondest memories of Barcelona is Martin Tomczyk, who celebrated his first of so far four DTM victories there in 2006 and started from the pole position twice. However, his track record in Spain includes negative experiences as well: In 2007, Tomczyk – while leading the race – was pushed off the track by a rival. His opponent in the accident received a record penalty of 20,000 euros at that time.

    All experts agree that Barcelona may produce the preliminary decision in the title fight. Consequently, the situation is volatile and suspense is at an all-time high before the race. As usual, ARD will air live coverage: qualifying on Saturday (September 19) starting at 1:30 pm, the race on Sunday (September 20) starting at 1:45 pm (German times).

    In 2009, the DTM visits the Circuit de Catalunya, the third-shortest track on the DTM calendar (2.977-kilometer length) for as much as the fourth time.

    The schedule at Barcelona

    Friday, September 18
    17:20 – 17:50 Roll-out

    Saturday, September 19
    08:45 – 11:15 Free practice
    13:35 – 14:28 Qualifying

    Sunday, September 20
    09:35 – 10:05 Warm-up
    14:03 Race

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