Once again, Audi has a tough one ahead of them this weekend at the Norisring. This is their home circuit and they have not won here since 2002. Laurent Aiello was the winner of that race driving the no1 Abt-Audi TT-R.
The weekend started off pretty good for Audi with a 1-2 in the first practice session on Friday. Top three cars in the 48’s. The second test proved to be pretty good with a 4-5-6-7 and all eighteen cars in the 48’s. Wow.
Qualifying kicked of this morning with an overcast sky and temperatures hovering around 60 degrees fahrenheit.
Mike Rockenfeller was back in his Audi A4 after his horrific crash at Le Mans.
At the end of the first session, Spengler was at the top followed by Engel, Schumacher, Mortara, Paffett, Ekstrom, Green, Tomczyk, Scheider, Van der Zande, Vietoris, Molina, Jarvis and Coulthard.
Lausitzring and Spielberg winner, Martin Tomczyk, would not make it out of Q2. It will be awfully hard to pull a hat-trick off.
Mattias Ekstrom would top the Q2 charts followed by Paffett, Spengler, Green, Schumacher, Mortara, Engel and Scheider.
With the rain moving in on Q3, Ekstrom stayed at the top and would be the sole Audi heading into Q4. Schumacher, Engel, Scheider and rookie Mortara knocked out.
Ekstrom would set fast times but in the end, 4th was the best he could manage.
- Spengler – 48.222
- Paffett – 48.418
- Green – 48.532
- Ekstrom – 48.593