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Oschersleben: Friday 1st practice report

Peter Dumbreck with Opel in the lead The comeback of the DTM at the MOTOPARK Oschersleben got off to a blistering start: In temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, Briton Peter Dumbreck (Opel) lapped the fastest time on the 3.667 ...

Peter Dumbreck with Opel in the lead

The comeback of the DTM at the MOTOPARK Oschersleben got off to a blistering start: In temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, Briton Peter Dumbreck (Opel) lapped the fastest time on the 3.667 kilometre-long course in 1:21.642 minutes. He managed to beat the last pole time by a DTM driver on this circuit by almost two seconds. Marcel Fässler needed 1:23.561 minutes for his lap in 2001 during the the last showup of DTM in Oschersleben.

Martin Tomczyk (Audi, 1:21.793 minutes) came second during the 90-minute-long training session for the seventh DTM race, ahead of his two team mates Mattias Ekström, the current overall leader, and Tom Kristensen. The Audi trio was followed by an Opel threesome. Laurent Aiello, Timo Scheider and Marcel Fässler finished training in fifth, sixth and seventh position, respectively.

The Ruesselsheim-based manufacturer confirmed its good performances from the Nuerburgring with Manuel Reuter's 10th place completing the tally of five cars in the top 10. Christijan Albers, second in the overall standings, was the best Mercedes-Benz driver on Friday morning in eighth.

Peter Dumbreck (Opel):

"That was a very good morning. The car was very fast from the onset. It looks like we've managed to continue our upward trend from the Nuerburgring."

Martin Tomczyk (Audi):

"It's very rare that I've hardly got a single problem to sort out already by the end of the first test on Friday. That means I can concentrate fully on small details this afternoon."

Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz):

"I like the track. Training went well and I'm satisfied with the morning's session."

Celebrities converge on MOTOPARK

Fans can look forward to spotting many famous heads in different racing series during the DTM race weekend in the MOTOPARK Oschersleben. The wife of Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher is celebrating her second foray in the MINI Challenge. "I decided not to race after Ralf's accident in Indianapolis," Cora Schumacher said in reference to her 'comeback' in racing overalls. "I just wanted to be there for the family at first. Now he's doing much better considering what he's been through and he told me: "have another go!"

Luc Alphand will also be joining her as a guest driver of one of the small speedy cars in the MINI Challenge. "It really is a challenge for me. I don't know the car, the track, the team or the DTM," the former winner of the Streif downhill in 1995 and Paris-Dakar rallye competitor said. "I hope the other lads aren't that fast and that there'll be some decent battles on the circuit."

Albert II von Thurn und Taxis, the reigning prince of the Regensburg aristocratic family, will be fighting over the ideal line in the ADAC VW Polo Cup. Swimming world champion Mark Warnecke and bobsleigh Olympic champion Christoph Langen will be competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the weekend.

Son of former president helps ill children

A big dream will become reality for 10 children this weekend in the MOTOPARK. The children suffering from cystic fibrosis will visit the DTM race accompanied by Dr. Markus Herzog. The former German president's son is head of the "Christiane Herzog Foundation".

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Martin Tomczyk , Manuel Reuter , Christijan Albers , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Luc Alphand , Cora Schumacher