Schneider fastest of the day from EkstrÃ¶m In beautiful weather conditions, championship leader Bernd Schneider with the AMG-Mercedes CLK set the fastest time of the day at the A1-Ring on Friday, opening the DTM-race weekend (see result below).
Schneider fastest of the day from Ekström In beautiful weather conditions, championship leader Bernd Schneider with the AMG-Mercedes CLK set the fastest time of the day at the A1-Ring on Friday, opening the DTM-race weekend (see result below). Literally in the final minute of the 90 minutes' session, the 39-year old outpaced the competition by three tenths of a second.
Second place in the session, preparing for the eighth season round in Austria, was taken by Mattias Ekström from his fellow Abt-Audi-driver, reigning champion Laurent Aiello. Jean Alesi and Marcel Fässler (both Mercedes-Benz) followed suit. In sixth place, Opel-driver Peter Dumbreck was only one tenth of a second slower than second-placed Ekström.
"The A1-Ring suits me, and apparently, it suits my car, too," said Schneider, the fastest driver of the day. "Of course, it is my goal to extend my advantage over my rivals in the championship this weekend." Before the eighth of ten rounds, Schneider is leading by only one point from Christijan Albers, who was eighth today. Behind them are Marcel Fässler and Laurent Aiello, eleven and 17 points behind respectively.
"With my victory at the Nürburgring in August, we have broken our duck," Laurent Aiello says. "Even though Bernd has set a great time today, it is tomorrow's qualifying that counts. My team and I will be doing everything to score a dream result, just like most recently at the Nürburgring."
"Incredible, but typical for the DTM," Peter Dumbreck said about the minimal gap between second-placed Audi-driver Ekström and himself as the fastest driver of an Opel Astra V8 Coupé in sixth position. "Today, my team and I have managed to find the right compromise in set-up for this demanding track within a short period of time. But when you look at the lap times, you know: in qualifying, everything has to be one hundred percent all right when you want to be among the front runners."