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Oschersleben: Friday practices report

Abt in the final second The first 90 minutes' test in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is complete and at the end of the session there were four cars from last year in front: fastest on Friday morning was Christian Abt with the Playboy Audi A4.

Abt in the final second

The first 90 minutes' test in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is complete and at the end of the session there were four cars from last year in front: fastest on Friday morning was Christian Abt with the Playboy Audi A4. In the final minute, the driver from Kempten set the fastest time of 1:21.505 minutes.

This made him 0.388 seconds faster than second-placed Daniel La Rosa with the Trekstor AMG-Mercedes C-Class, who was also best-placed DTM rookie. Third was French driver, Jean Alesi. He set a best lap time of 1:22.073 minutes with the stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class. Audi works-driver Pierre Kaffer completed the quartet of drivers with year-old machinery in front.

DTM record champion Bernd Schneider doesn't want to take any chances at Oschersleben and has his eyes set on his third win of the season. In the first test on Friday morning, the 41-year old completed 47 laps, far more than any other driver. Eventually, reward for his efforts was fifth place, 0.603 seconds down on Abt's fastest lap time. Fastest driver with a current Audi was Martin Tomczyk. The driver from Rosenheim was sixth on the 3.667 kilometres long track.

Mercedes-Benz-driver Jamie Green in seventh and Audi-drivers Tom Kristensen, Timo Scheider and Frank Stippler in eighth to tenth place completed the top ten. In 18th position, Susie Stoddart was again fastest lady in the field, Vanina Ickx completed the test in 20th place.

Mercedes-Benz dominates second test

The second DTM test in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was entirely dominated by Mercedes-Benz-drivers: with the Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class, Jamie Green was the fastest of six Mercedes-Benz-drivers at the top of the time sheet after 90 minutes. On Friday afternoon, the Brit established the fastest time of the day with 1:20.761 minutes. With a margin of 0.064 seconds, he was only a little bit quicker than his fellow Mercedes-driver, Bruno Spengler.

Mika Häkkinen concluded the second test in third place. Bernd Schneider in fourth, Jean Alesi with the fastest year-old car in fifth and Stefan Mücke in sixth place underlined the dominance of the Stuttgart manufacturer. During the second test, Jamie Green completed the highest number of laps. In total, the fastest driver of the day drove 45 laps.

Tom Kristensen with the Siemens Audi A4 was fastest Audi-driver in the afternoon. The Dane, who was on pole-position at Oschersleben last year, lapped the 3.667 kilometres long track in 1:21.203 minutes. His team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished behind him in eighth position. With Alex Margaritis (EasyRent AMG Mercedes C-Klasse) and Pierre Kaffer (Castrol Audi A4), two more drivers with year-old cars completed the top 10.

In the second test, Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk failed it to make it among the top ranks. Like in the first test in the morning already, the Swede was only 13th, while Tomczyk ranked in 15th place after the second 90 minutes' session. Fastest lady racer was again Susie Stoddart in 18th place ahead of Vanina Ickx in 19th position.

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Tom Kristensen , Vanina Ickx , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Pierre Kaffer , Frank Stippler , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green