Frank Stippler was the unlucky bird of the 2006 DTM season. He ranked 14th in the final standings of the championship. In the previous year, he occupied the same position. This season, however, the Audi works-driver often had to cope with retirements due to external reasons.
Stippler is disappointed, but he is focusing on the future. He says: “Basically, I had a lot of bad luck in the past season. Partly in the race, in which it is obvious for everybody to see, but partly also in practice, during which it is not particularly easy to explain a poor grid position. Therefore, I am more looking ahead now.”
The 31-year old made it to the finish in six races. Four times, he had to retire. When Stippler stayed out of trouble, he showed off his skills. Four times, he ranked among the first ten in qualifying and he even managed to score three points by finishing sixth at Barcelona. At the Norisring, he only just finished outside the points-scoring positions, coming home ninth.
“I was able to keep the speed without any problems“, says Stippler. “But when you are being hit four times in the last five races, like I was, and then the car is affected as a result, there is no way to make any use of the speed.” Stippler was particularly affected by this: “In my case, I was always hit from behind, so it wasn’t my fault.”
Accordingly negative is Stippler’s verdict about is second DTM season. “There was no low point in particular, because so many things went wrong in general”, he says. “Surely, throughout the course of the season, there were ten occasions that I would have rated as a low point in any other season.”
At the end of the year, Stippler recovered from his rather poor season during a holiday together with his partner, Eve Scheer. The pair spent Christmas together with their families. “Eve and I first had to make sure that our relatives still remembered us”, Stippler grins. “During the season, we hardly saw our families, but we made up for that over Christmas.”