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Nurburgring: Friday practices report

He is keen on securing his first podium finish of the 2005 season: by being the quickest in the first DTM test session at the Nürburgring, Audi works driver Martin Tomczyk made a first step to make his goal come true. The Rosenheimer lapped the...

He is keen on securing his first podium finish of the 2005 season: by being the quickest in the first DTM test session at the Nürburgring, Audi works driver Martin Tomczyk made a first step to make his goal come true.

The Rosenheimer lapped the rich in tradition 3.629-kilometre Eifel circuit in 1:24.141 minutes, just 0.032 seconds faster than Marcel Fässler who took his Opel Vectra GTS V8 to second place, in the 90-minute session.

Together with Scotsman Allan McNish (17th), the Swiss also turned out to be the busiest driver of the session, with both completing 33 laps. Remarkable: four of the 2004 spec cars made it to the top ten.

Behind the wheel of his Audi A4 DTM, Tom Kristensen finished third, while the following three positions were secured by 2004 spec cars. Local hero Frank Stippler took his 2004 spec Audi to fourth position, with his team-mate Christian Abt, finishing fifth.

Bruno Spengler, the quickest of the Mercedes-Benz drivers, finished sixth - in a 2004 spec AMG-Mercedes C-Class. Championship leader Gary Paffett took seventh place, 0.272 seconds behind his brand-mate.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel), Martin Ekström (Audi) and Alexandros Margaritis (Mercedes-Benz) completed the top ten. And there were two more drivers, Stefan Mücke (Mercedes Benz) and Laurent Aiello (Opel), who were less than a second slower than the quickest, Martin Tomczyk.

The Nürburgring seems to suit the Audi A4 DTM well. In the second 90-minute test session, once again a car of the Ingolstadt based manufacturer succeeded in securing the top position on the time sheets. In changeable conditions, reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström succeeded in outclassing his opponents by lapping the circuit in 1:26.166 minutes.

In today's second test session, Ekström's brand-mate, Frank Stippler, secured second place. Yet, behind the wheel of his 2004 spec Audi A4 DTM, the second placed local hero from Bad Münstereifel was more than half a second slower than Ekström. Marcel Fässler (Opel Vectra GTS V8), who had finished second in the morning session, completed the top three.

Gary Paffett, the current championship leader, finished fifth behind Audi's Allan McNish (1:27.014 minutes), thus turning out to be the fastest AMG-Mercedes C-Class driver.

Apart from Frank Stippler, the following drivers of 2004 spec cars also made it to the top ten: Pierre Kaffer (7th), Christian Abt (8th) and Bruno Spengler (10th). Opel's Heinz-Harald Frentzen had been the quickest for quite a while, but at the end of the session he had to settle for 9th place.

The busiest man of the session, Tom Kristensen, completed 33 laps on the Nürburgring's 3.629-kilometre sprint circuit and finished 13th. While Mika Häkkinen, who had won the 1998 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on the way to securing his maiden F1 World Championship, had to make do with 19th position.

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Martin Tomczyk , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Pierre Kaffer , Frank Stippler , Stefan Mücke