Van der Zande looking forward to Hockenheim
Seventh Valencia, Bruno is now 13 points behind Martin Tomczyk, who thereby secured the 2011 title before entering the last race in Hockenheim. For Bruno, there is still the issue of saving second place in the championship as this is under threat of Valencia winner and Audi driver MattiasEkström.
Two points separate the two before the finale, and Bruno is determined to keep the advantage in order to conclude the season as vice-champion, just as he did in 2006 and 2007.
“For my part, I’m still happy with my season – which is over before we drove the last race in Hockenheim! I achieved – so far – four pole positions and two victories, I really performed. I had many positive experiences, and went htrough quite an adventure with my team. We fought all the way, and I thank them sincerely for their support throughout the season.
The goal now is to defend my second place in the championship, Mathias Ekström is now only two points behind after two consecutive wins. I aim to fight for the victory to end the year on a high note!”
Van der Zande looking forward to season finale
The season-closing DTM race will take place at Hockenheim this weekend. Renger van der Zande can already look back on a highly enlightening season during which he has been able to develop on a race-by-race basis. The Dutchman now looks forward to 2012 and is hoping for another full campaign in the series.
“This season has really flown by,” says van der Zande. “My first DTM year has been entirely devoted to learning as a rookie and over the course of the season it’s been an upward curve culminating at the most recent race in Valencia, where I finished as the highest-placed Mercedes driver.
“From now on it’s called ‘the silly season’; there are fewer seats available with Mercedes for next year, but I am determined to get one. For this weekend I hope the positive form from Valencia will continue and that we achieve another good result.”