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Brno: Friday practices report

Five Audis the quickest in test one Audi clearly dominated the first clash of the Brno weekend, as five Audis A4 DTM succeeded in setting the best lap times, in the first test, on Friday morning. The fastest man of the session was Allan McNish,...

Five Audis the quickest in test one

Audi clearly dominated the first clash of the Brno weekend, as five Audis A4 DTM succeeded in setting the best lap times, in the first test, on Friday morning. The fastest man of the session was Allan McNish, who lapped the 5.403-kilometre 'Auto Motodrom Brno' in 1:54.700 minutes. His brand-mates, Mattias Ekström, Martin Tomczyk, Christian Abt and Tom Kristensen, completed the top five, with fourth placed Christian Abt also being the fastest driver of a 2004 spec car.

The quickest man behind the wheel of a car not bearing the four rings was Jean Alesi. In his Mercedes-AMG C-Class, the winner of the season opener took sixth place, 1.215 seconds behind McNish. While Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished eighth behind Audi's Pierre Kaffer, thus proving to be the fastest driver of an Opel Vectra GTS V8.

In brilliant conditions, with the temperatures reaching 23.3°C (air) and 33.9°C (track) respectively, the fastest times set in test session one were nearly 1.7 seconds slower than the one Mattias Ekström had set last year on the way to clinch pole. In the 2004 Super Pole session, the Swede had crossed the line in 1:53.009 minutes.

The session had to be red-flagged due to Tom Kristensen stopping his Audi A4 DTM on the track after hearing a strange noise. The car was towed back to the Audi Sport Team Abt garage where the engineers are now looking for the cause of the noise.

Audi dominates the Friday at Brno

Following the second DTM test session at Brno, Czech Republic, the order on the time sheets looked much more varied than it had done after session one. Once again, an Audi driver - Tom Kristensen - set the fastest lap time. Behind the wheel of his Audi A4 DTM, the Dane lapped the 5.403-kilometre rollercoaster in 1:54.433 minutes.

But while five Audis had taken the top five positions, in session one, British Mercedes driver Jamie Green succeeded in coming second, this time. In his AMG-Mercedes C-Class, Green crossed the line in 1:54.773 minutes, thus improving his time set in the morning session by more than two seconds. The third position on the time sheets was taken by another Audi driver: reigning champion Matthias Ekström, whose lag to Kristensen added up to 0.484 seconds.

The quickest man of the morning session, Allan McNish, was the busiest driver in the second and covered a total of 31 laps. Yet, he had to settle for fifth place behind Mercedes works driver Jean Alesi, while Martin Tomczyk (Audi) and Mika Häkkinen (Mercedes-Benz) also succeeded in setting times less than a second slower than Kristensen's.

Stefan Mücke - the fastest driver of a 2004 spec car - was 1.042 seconds slower than the Dane and finished eighth. Heinz-Harald Frentzen - once again the fastest Opel driver - took ninth place, 1.116 seconds behind Kristensen. "The day started quite well, this morning," said Frentzen late in the afternoon, "And in session two, we continued to fine-tune the car. In our long-run, we gained quite a lot of interesting data, but before we opt for further steps we have to analyse these data."

Gary Paffet came tenth, 1.163 seconds behind the leader. While Bernd Schneider won't be happy with his result achieved on day one of the Brno weekend. The DTM Record Champion had to settle for 19th position.

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Martin Tomczyk , Christian Abt , Mattias Ekström , Pierre Kaffer , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green
Teams Team Abt