Abt-Audi strong at the Nürburgring, Opel-driver Dumbreck fourth behind Abt-trio
Three Abt-Audi-drivers topped the time sheet at the end of the second test session on Friday before the seventh round of the DTM at the Nürburgring. The fastest time of the day was set by Martin Tomczyk with 1.25.796 minutes from his fellow-Audi-drivers Laurent Aiello (1.25.827 min.) and Mattias Ekström (1.25.869 min.). The fourth fastest time (1.25.913 min.) was established by Peter Dumbreck with the Opel Astra V8 Coupé. In fifth place with 1.26.177 minutes, Jean Alesi was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz-driver.
"During the first three hours of the day, we have been working perfectly and we have achieved quite a lot," Martin Tomczyk said. "The set-up of the car is good, so that we can fully concentrate in this evening's night practice session on driving in the dark." Fourth-placed Opel-driver Peter Dumbreck said: "This was already quite good for a start. It can be a little bit quicker in the final sector tomorrow, then it is all right."
Bernd Schneider, the leader in the drivers' standing, had bad luck: "On my first flying lap, there was a collision between Manuel Reuter and myself in the chicane. The left front wheel was bent and I couldn't drive anymore. Too bad, but these things can happen."