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Marvin Kirchhöfer completed first half of the season with a victory

Marvin Kirchhöfer completed first half of the season with a victory

16.06.2013: The premiere was successful. 19 drivers from ten countries competed in the support programme of the DTM

The premiere was successful. 19 drivers from ten countries competed in the support programme of the DTM for the first time this weekend.


The setting of the Lausitzring and perfect weather in all races contributed considerably. Marvin Kirchhöfer handled the 3.478-km circuit version of the Lausitzring, which is only used during the DTM event, best. Sebastian Balthasar took the victory in the Trophy ranking.


Right after the start, Austrian Thomas Jäger (Performance Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) pushed forward between the three Lotus drivers. Briton Emil Bernstoff started off best, with Marvin Kirchhöfer from Lotus (both Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine), Jäger and Russian Artem Markelov (Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine), who secured the third place again, following.


Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) from the U.S. and Swede John Bryant-Meisner (Performance Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) grabbed the places behind him. Italian Matteo Cairoli (ADM Motorsport / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) claimed a remarkable fifth place after Menezes.


Putting pressure on Bernstorff, Kirchhöfer overtook him in the 18th lap. Kirchhöfer drove across the finish line ahead of Bernstorff and Markelov after completing 22 laps.



Balthasar continues to lead the Trophy ranking


The Trophy drivers made today hard for themselves. A technical fault stopped Freddy Killensberger from Wortelstetten (GU-Racing / Dallara F307 OPCChallenge) on his way to the track. Hubertus-Carlos Vier from Inching (ADAC Team Nordbayern / Dallara F307 Mercedes) did not get off at the start.


 The perfect opportunity for Christian Zeller from Neuenburg (CR Racing Team) who finished the race third in the Trophy ranking. Maximilian Hackl from Ruderting came in second (Franz Wöss Racing / Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge). Sebastian Balthasar from Cologne (GU-Racing / Dallara F311 Mercedes) claimed the top place on the podium again, after he was belatedly disqualified from race two yesterday for a technical rules violation.




Marvin Kirchhöfe
r: “Kudos to Emil! He had a considerably better start and it took me 17 laps to overtake him. I’m really happy!”


Emil Bernstorff
: “I used the push-to-pass system a little too often early on. I figured Marvin would close the gap earlier. In hindsight it was the wrong decision, but I still kept in second place.”


Artem Markelov
: “My start was not really good. My tyres were spinning. However, then I was almost always in third place. I wanted to get faster with every lap, but it is o.k. really. My team did a great job.”


Sebastian Balthasar:
“My start was good and I even gained a place. The race went perfectly for me. I did not have to take any risks and completed my race easily.”



2013 SONAX Rookie ranking


Marvin Kirchhöfer continues to lead, having scored 280 points. After his first victory Gustavo Menezes improves to second (161 points) and switches places with John Bryant-Meisner, who has scored 152 points so far.


ATS Formula 3 Cup team ranking


The talent factory Lotus from Oschersleben fortify their lead in the newly established team ranking with 282 points. Performance Racing stay in second place (184 points), Van Amersfoort Racing need only two more points for a tie. It will surely be exciting.



Points scored in the first fifteen races of the 2013 ATS Formula 3 Cup (top 10):



1 Marvin Kirchhöfer / DEU 277
2 Artem Markelov / RUS 192
3 Emil Bernstorff / GBR 183
4 Gustavo Menezes / USA 115
5 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE 113
6 Thomas Jäger / AUT 89
7 Matteo Cairoli / ITA 56
8 Yannick Mettler / CHE 46
9 Nabil Jeffri / MYS 37
10 Sebastian Balthasar / DEU 32




Off the track


“The level in Formula 3 has changed considerably throughout Europe in the past few years. And the German Formula 3 has the best standing”, says DTM driver Gary Paffett. He won the title of the German Formula 3 Championship in 2002.


After that he made a seamless transition to the DTM. And today he claimed the victory! Many of the more than twenty young talents contesting the ATS Formula 3 Cup aim to switch to the DTM eventually. This weekend, they had the opportunity to get tips from the professional in the Mercedes Benz Hospitality.


The transition from a Formula car to a DTM vehicle was not easy for the Briton.



Nevertheless, he already won the title in 2005. “Being fast is just not enough these days, it is about the whole package. You have to handle and push your career in a clever way. Mercedes Benz really supported me in this.” The Formula 3 drivers enquired if there were still goals to achieve after winning the title in the DTM. “Formula 1, of course, but that is not easy,” said the 32-year old with a grin.


 “Winning the title in the DTM again would be great, but I also would like to do something completely different. I would like to compete at Le Mans.”


Congratulations on the victory from the ATS Formula 3 Cup!


Today was a premiere for Alexander Bittroff. The Energie Cottbus defence football player is a regular visitor to the DTM weekends and awarded the trophy to the ATS Formula 3 Cup winners.


“That was a thrilling race today. The top two fought some exciting battles,” said the athlete. “Physical fitness is required for both our kinds of sports, but you also have to focus, especially in motor racing.”
   


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