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Norisring: Friday 2nd practice report

Jean Alesi clocks fabulous time on the Norisring Former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes C-class) wrapped up the second foray of the DTM on the Norisring on Friday with a fabulous time of 48.770 seconds. Team mate Bernd Schneider...

Jean Alesi clocks fabulous time on the Norisring

Former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes C-class) wrapped up the second foray of the DTM on the Norisring on Friday with a fabulous time of 48.770 seconds. Team mate Bernd Schneider (48.995 seconds) came second, two tenths of a second off the pace.

Last year's winner Christijan Albers (49.107 seconds) came third on the 2.3 kilometre-long course, while Gary Paffett (49.129 seconds), winner of the season-opening race in Hockenheim, came fourth.

Briton Peter Dumbreck clocked his fastest lap in 49.166 seconds in an Opel Vectra GTS V8 for fifth place just ahead of Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM). The tough competition within the line-up of the DTM was again clearly evident. The first 18 drivers were separated by a mere seven tenths of a second.

Jean Alesi (Mercedes-Benz):

"We'd already been working hard on the car during the first two training sessions. It's now perfect. I like the circuit and have performed here well in the past. That's why I'm very optimistic about the entire racing weekend."

Peter Dumbreck (Opel):

"I'm satisfied with today's performance even though one shouldn't overrate the Friday timings. But the basis is right, and I'm confident."

Mattias Ekström (Audi):

"We improved on a lot today but will have to do even more if we want to win on Sunday. What's funny is that when I'm sitting in the car it all feels so much faster than when I then read it on the monitor."

The brakes are especially strongly burdened during the sole street race of the DTM. Top speeds of 260 kph are generated on the straights. The cars brake hard before the two hairpin turns: the Grundig hairpin is driven through at 45 kph and the Dutzendteich hairpin at around 55 kph. This vouches for some thrilling braking manoeuvres.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Mattias Ekström , Gary Paffett