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Adria: Friday 2nd practice report

Kristensen robs Ekström of best time The second DTM training session ended with a surprise on Friday afternoon at the Adria International Raceway. Up until the last five minutes, Mattias Ekström led in an Audi A4 DTM ahead of his team mate ...

Kristensen robs Ekström of best time

The second DTM training session ended with a surprise on Friday afternoon at the Adria International Raceway. Up until the last five minutes, Mattias Ekström led in an Audi A4 DTM ahead of his team mate Tom Kristensen before the Dane clinched the day's best time of 1.11,873 minutes - and took the lead by a waferthin margin of 0.01 seconds.

The two Mercedes drivers Jean Alesi and Bernd Schneider came third and fourth. Heinz-Harald Frentzen in an Opel Vectra GTS V8 placed seventh, a mere hundredth of a second and two places behind team mate Manuel Reuter.

The sheer depth of talent in the DTM was once again particularly evident. The first three drivers were separated by a mere 900th of a second, and all 21 drivers by just 1.172 seconds.

Audi driver Tom Kristensen was especially pleased with his successful debut. "This is the first time I've driven here at Adria and am almost surprised that I already managed a best time today. Much of it is thanks to my mechanics because they perfectly implemented all the changes. We were very quick to find the ideal set-up."

DTM newcomer Heinz-Harald Frentzen said he was satisfied with his seventh place. "For me too it's the first time on this race track. We tried out a lot in the tuning of my Opel Vectra GTS V8. I've still got to get the right feel for it, but am sure that I've got a good basis for tomorrow."

It's a case of "all according to plan" for DTM champion Bernd Schneider: "Today we tried to find the race setup for my AMG-Mercedes C-class. Only a few small improvements are necessary. Overall, things are going very well for me," the Mercedes driver said.

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Tom Kristensen , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Mattias Ekström