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Abt top Hockenheim test day 2

Abt-Audi took the top three positions in the second day of testing at the Hockenheim circuit, Martin Tomczyk setting the fastest time of 1:35.599 ahead of Mattias Ekström and Laurent Aiello. Abt had five cars on track, Karl Wendlinger fifth ...

Abt-Audi took the top three positions in the second day of testing at the Hockenheim circuit, Martin Tomczyk setting the fastest time of 1:35.599 ahead of Mattias Ekström and Laurent Aiello. Abt had five cars on track, Karl Wendlinger fifth quickest and Christian Abt ninth.

Bernd Schneider, who topped the times on the first day, was fastest of the Mercedes drivers in fourth. He and Marcel Fässler shared use of a 2003 CLK, Fässler seventh despite crashing out at the first corner. It's uncertain what the problem was but it was a mechanical failure.

"I don't know exactly what happened, we need to check the car fully," Fässler told Motorsport.com afterwards. "But I think it was something wrong with the steering. It was not a big crash, I'm fine. Earlier I was not too happy with the car but it was getting better, it was right at the end of the afternoon that it went wrong."

Stefan Mücke was sixth and Mercedes had most of its squad present, Jean Alesi and Tomas Jäger being the absentees.

Opel only fielded two cars, Manuel Reuter managing tenth and Alain Menu one behind in eleventh. "I'm happy with the new car," said Reuter, who was half a second slower than Tomczyk. "The time doesn't mean much as we still have a lot to do before the first race."

The top ten were separated by half a second, only two tenths between the top five. Tomczyk took the fastest time from Ekström by just two hundredths.

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Series DTM
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Stefan Mücke , Alain Menu