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auto motor und sport driver squad Annual balance sheet

Andreas Beil
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Paul di Resta could serve as the prototype of the modern young racing driver. The 23-year-old Scot is a representative of the extremely ambitious generation of youngsters who always strive towards their big goals with 101 percent concentration. For di Resta, who mostly keeps his serious Buster-Keaton facial expression even when he is successful, this was the DTM title. The fact that nothing came of it in his third year in the German top series was due to a rather weak start to the season of the M ercedes pilots.

di Resta most successful auto motor und sport DTM driver

In the last four races, however, di Resta made it onto the podium three times, one time - at Brands Hatch - even on the top step. In the end, this meant third place in the championship. This made di Resta the most successful from the auto motor und sport quartet in the DTM . 'You have to learn from your mistakes, that makes you stronger,' said di Resta after the season finale. 'Everyone makes mistakes, we are humans and not machines.' The real highlight of the season came in December: at the Formula 1 -Test drives in Jerez were left by the Scot in Force India- Mercedes a very good impression.

Bruno Spengle finished fourth in the table in the DTM

After three days, the third fastest time was recorded - behind Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and the experienced DTM champions and McLaren test driver Gary Paffett. So Di Resta came a little closer to his goal of driving in Formula 1. The year was not that good for Bruno Spengler. The native Canadian, who has lived in Alsace for a long time, did not manage to win. But thanks to mostly solid performances, the always charming smiling DTM sun boy landed fourth in the table. The two Audi DTM drivers Markus Winkelhock and Mike Rockenfeller could only dream of such results. But this has less to do with driving class.

Oliver Jarvis is driving in the new DTM A4 in 2010

More to blame for this is the fact that the two Germans with Audi A4Had to compete last year. In used cars, in the DTM, you usually fight a losing battle - despite the regulatory-related weight advantage, which this year was up to 30 kilograms. Nevertheless, Winkelhock occasionally managed to set accents. At the season opener, the Swabian rounded off Audi's quadruple success in fourth. He did the same feat in August at the Nürburgring race. In the end, eleven championship points were added for Winkelhock: a total of tenth place. His big goal in 2010 was to drive the current Audi A4 However, the 29-year-old narrowly missed the chance to be allowed, which was made free by Tom Kristensen's DTM resignation. This cockpit will go to Briton Oliver Jarvis, who finished ninth in the table.

Rally ace Armin Schwarz is annoyed about second place

He had a character-building DTM year Mike Rockenfeller. Two seventh places were the highlights for the 26-year-old. Four points - that meant the disappointing 14th place in the championship. Rally ace Armin Schwarz can look back on a very positive season in the American score series - even if he just missed out on the great success. In the last of the five off-road races, the Baja 1,000 in Mexico, the 121-time World Cup starter and his partner Martin Christensen finished second - but that was not enough to win the title. The two of them had to be content with the runner-up in the Unlimited Buggys class.

'That worried us all at first,' recapitulated Schwarz. 'Up to half of the 1,082-kilometer distance I was ahead in the buggy class. Armin Kremer was behind me in second place in the class. But oil loss from the transmission forced a 20-minute break for repairs. 'At the finish we were missing the winners by a full 13.48 minutes,' annoyed Schwarz. Kremer and his partner Andreas Aigner had trouble with the alternator at the season highlight. This threw them back to 13th place.

Stefan Mücke was the best German at the Le Mans 24-hour race

The drivers with the auto motor and sports Logo were on the move on almost every continent: Christian Menzel did well in Asia. The 38-year-old from Langenfeld secured overall victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. 'Such a victory is good for you', Menzel breathed a sigh of relief.

Marco Werner competed in the USA and Le Mans. In his 25th year as a motorsport driver, however, the Audi works driver did not lose his luck. Fourth place in the rainy 1,000-mile race in Road Atlanta was the highlight for the 2008 ALMS (American Le Mans Series) champion. At the 24-hour race at Le Mans, Werner finished work early after his colleague Lucas Luhrwith the R15 TDI landed rudely in the guardrail.

auto motor and sport and top-class racing, that goes well together

The best German in the 24-hour classic on the Sarthe was Stefan Mücke. Together with the Czechs Jan Charouz and Tomas Enge, the Berliner took fourth place in the Aston Martin prototype - much to the delight of his father Peter Mücke, who in turn caused a sensation with a Ford Capri at historic races. Whether in classic cars or in the new BMW Alpina B6 GT3 : Claudia Hürtgen was always in control of the situation. Her most spectacular result: second place at the season finale of the GT3 European Championship in Zolder. Another motorsport jack-of-all-trades set his scent brands on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring: Uwe Alzen founded his own team in winter. With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, he managed against a lot strong competition took an excellent fourth place in the 24-hour race.

As is so often the case, the best comes at the end: auto motor und sport was part of all the races in the Formula 3 Euro Series. All drivers in the first-class junior championship wore the red logo on their overall, right above their hearts. In addition, the lettering was emblazoned on the winner's podium. We think it's a perfect combination - auto motor and sport and top-class racing, they go well together.

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