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Adria: Friday 1st practice report

Mattias Ekström confirms Audi's triumphant ambitions Swedish Audi driver Mattias Ekström left his rivals behind with a top time in the first test practice of the DTM at the Italian Adria International Raceway. Ekström clocked a time of...

Mattias Ekström confirms Audi's triumphant ambitions

Swedish Audi driver Mattias Ekström left his rivals behind with a top time in the first test practice of the DTM at the Italian Adria International Raceway. Ekström clocked a time of 1.11,924 minutes in his fastest lap in his Audi A4 DTM on the 2.702 kilometre-long course near Venice, edging Tom Kristensen (DK) into second place 0.264 seconds behind. German Frank Biela rounded off the Audi trio's strong showing at the top by posting the third-fastest time.

Swiss Marcel Fässler came fourth in his Opel Vectra GTS V8, ahead of teammate Timo Scheider and Peter Dumbreck. Jean Alesi and four-times DTM champion Bernd Schneider raced with their AMG-Mercedes C-class into eighth and ninth place, just 200ths of a second adrift. Twelve drivers between second and 13th position were separated by a mere seven tenths of a second.

"That was a perfect start," beamed shooting star Mattias Ekström. "The handling of my Audi was perfect from the first lap on. It's great fun driving on this narrow track with loads of bends," enthused the second-placed driver from the last race in Estoril.

Marcel Fässler was also satisfied with his Opel Vectra GTS V8. "We worked rigorously and have therefore formed a solid foundation to build on," said the fourth-placed driver from test practice.

Mercedes driver Jean Alesi is looking forward to his appearance in Italy. "This is almost like a home race for me. I'm happy racing here," the Frenchman said. Alesi's eighth place does not worry him. "The car's running well. A few small things need to be improved, but we'll find them," he said confidently in reference to the next test practice.

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström