Reuter quietly confident

Manuel Reuter said he was quietly confident about his chances for Sunday's second round of the DTM at Oschersleben after grabbing Opel's first pole position of the year on Saturday

Reuter quietly confident

The former ITC champion bounced back from an early session spin to move to the top of the time sheets with just 15 minutes of qualifying remaining. His lap of one minute 25.291 seconds was 0.180 seconds faster than Opel team-mate Michael Bartels.

"Of course I am a little bit proud to have taken Opel's first pole position of the year, but I am even happier to be at the front here," said Reuter, referring to the tight and twisty layout of the Oschersleben track which makes overtaking difficult.

"But I must say it did not look like I would be able to take pole after going off the track on my first flying lap. My team had to fit a new front splitter and that was not so easy because one of the retaining pins had bent. The team did a brilliant job and I was able to reward them with a good lap."

Bartels was surprised at Reuter's pace, but was nevertheless delighted with his front-row slot after losing track time in the morning free practice session following a spin.

"I was really not in a good shape because of my spin and I was not sure about my set-up," explained Bartels. "But I used my tyres well and if my windscreen had not caved in on my second run then maybe I could have gone quicker. Nevertheless, Manuel did a brilliant job."

To see full qualifying results from Oschersleben, click here.

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