Glock ends Hockenheim DTM testing fastest

BMW driver Timo Glock completed four days of DTM pre-season testing at Hockenheim on top by setting a new series lap record.

Glock ends Hockenheim DTM testing fastest
Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Paul Di Resta, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens, , Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM

The Ex-Toyota and Virgin F1 driver ended a three-day streak for Mercedes drivers on the final day of the test on Thursday with a best lap of 1m30.201s, which came in the morning session.

Mercedes led the way on the first two days thanks to Gary Paffett, who held an advantage bigger than three tenths on both occasions, before teammate Robert Wickens repeated the feat on Wednesday.

Another Mercedes driver, Paul di Resta, went on to break the lap record during the morning session of the final day of the test, but he ended up being edged out by Glock by 0.037s.

Reigning champion Marco Wittmann made it two BMW drivers in the overall top three, setting a time 0.061s slower than RMG teammate Glock in the same session.

Paffett was shuffled down to fourth, as Lucas Auer and Wickens ensured four Mercedes cars made it into the top six.

Meanwhile, the fastest Audis of Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekstrom were seventh and eighth respectively, the former ending up 0.358s off the pace.

Bruno Spengler (BMW) in ninth was still less than half a second slower than Glock, as Nico Muller (Audi) rounded out the top 10.

Audi's Rene Rast, who already has three DTM starts to his name, was the fastest rookie in 13th place, just ahead of the returning Maro Engel (Mercedes).

2016 runner-up Edoardo Mortara, who left Audi for Mercedes over the winter, ended up 15th and just over a second off the pace, albeit only running on Monday and Tuesday.

Overall testing results:

 Pos.  Driver Car  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
1  Timo Glock BMW   1:34.393   1:30.201
2  Paul di Resta Mercedes 1:31.855   1:31.499 1:30.238
3  Marco Wittmann BMW     1:31.743 1:30.262
4  Gary Paffett Mercedes 1:31.436 1:30.450    
5  Lucas Auer Mercedes     1:30.943 1:30.463
6  Robert Wickens Mercedes     1:30.517 1:30.810
7  Mike Rockenfeller Audi   1:31.030   1:30.559
8  Mattias Ekstrom Audi 1:31.932     1:30.603
9  Bruno Spengler BMW     1:31.620 1:30.640
10  Nico Muller Audi   1:30.822 1:30.880  
11  Tom Blomqvist BMW 1:33.371 1:30.839    
12  Jamie Green Audi 1:31.742   1:30.865  
13  Rene Rast Audi   1:31.613   1:30.952
14  Maro Engel Mercedes   1:31.411 1:31.080  
15  Edoardo Mortara Mercedes 1:32.456 1:31.202    
16  Augusto Farfus BMW 1:31.996   1:31.454  
17  Loic Duval Audi 1:34.204   1:31.584  
18  Maxime Martin BMW 1:33.074 1:31.851    1:32.064
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